The Hawaii State Flag

Friday, January 9, 2009


I came across a post from that I wanted to share. The post itself is actually from this past October, but I found it featured in the magazine’s best posts update early this year.

From What’s the story behind Hawaii’s flag?

I had previously known some of the history and meaning behind the flag, such as the Union Jack and the eight stripes for the eight major islands. I didn’t know, however, about the Kanaka Maoli, or Native Hawaiian, flag. The post, while brief, does a good job explaining the background of the state flag, so I’ll let you read that.

Our Hawaii State Flag

Our Hawaii State Flag

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this in the past, but we ourselves are proud owners of a full-sized Hawaii State flag. It might sound odd (at least it did to one of the staff at the Sheraton), but I was really keen on bringing one of these home during our first Maui trip. Little did I realize these weren’t the exciting tourist item that everybody was selling.

We checked everywhere we could think of: almost all the ABC Stores, Whalers Village, Lahaina Cannery Mall, up and down Front Street, and no luck. As a last ditch effort, and seeing the sign along Hwy 30 in Lahaina, we stopped into the Ace Hardware store of all places, and sure enough, I got my flag!

Nowadays, that everlasting reminder of Hawaii is hanging on the wall above my desk in my office at home, as you can see below. Those bottles pictured there are also reminders of our time on Maui, although they have since moved on to a better place. Those are bottles of Ocean Vodka, made with water from 1,000 ft below sea level off the shores of Maui. But that’s another post.

Ocean Vodka, Flag

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Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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