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Populated Areas
  East Honolulu
  Ewa Gentry
  Mililani Town
  Pearl City

Hawaii's flag is the only state flag that incorporates the 'Union Jack' into its design as a way of recognizing its deep British heritage. Great Britain's flag is featured in the upper left canton while the rest of the flag contains eight stripes of red (3), white (3), and blue (2). The eight stripes are said to represent the state's eight major islands .

  • MOTTO: "The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteoness"
  • ENTERED UNION: Aug. 21, 1959
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1960
  • COMMENTS: The current design was introduced in 1945 and was flown as a 'territorial' flag beginning in 1898, it became the official state flag in 1960 after achieving statehood.


The original flag was designed to feature stripes alternating in the order red-white-blue, also attributed to various historical flags of the United Kingdom. The flag used at the first official flying of the flag of Hawaii erroneously placed the stripes in the order white-red-blue, although it seems explorers to the island disagree about the exact order of colors and the number of stripes up to the late 1840s. There may have been possibly different versions of the flag with different numbers of stripes and colors. The number of stripes also changed: originally, the flag was designed with either seven or nine horizontal stripes, and in 1845 it was officially changed to eight stripes. The latter arrangement was adopted and is used today.


Hawaii Flag
State Flag, Hawaii




  • More animals and plants native to Hawaii are on the endangered species list than in any other state. Even its state bird is endangered.
  • There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, I, Q, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, and W.
  • There are no racial or ethnic minorities in Hawaii. Everyone is a minority.
  • You can ski two different ways on the same day in Hawaii: on water at the beach and on snow on the slopes of Mauna Kea, a 13,796 foot-high volcano on the big island.
  • Mount Waialeale, on the island of Kauai, is the wettest place in the United States, with 460 inches of rainfall per year.
  • Hawaii's state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuakua'a, or trigger fish.


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