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Hawaii State Flag

The State Flag was adopted from the official flag of the Kingdom of Hawai`i.  It has eight stripes in white, red and blue representing the eight major islands.  The field is patterned after the Union Jack of Great Britain reflecting the respect that Hawaii's leaders had for the English.  It is the only U.S. state flag to have flown over a kingdom, a territory, a republic, and a state.  

Hawaii Revised Statutes

Section 5-19.   Description of the Hawaiian flag.  The official description of the Hawaiian flag as authorized to represent the State of Hawaii on land and sea, and authorized for executive state agencies, second to the stars and stripes of the United States shall be:

  1. The Hawaiian flag shall consist of eight horizontal stripes, alternately white, red, blue, etc., beginning at the top, having a jack cantoned in the dexter chief angle next to the point of suspension;
  2. The jack shall consist of a blue field charged with a compound saltire (crossing) of alternate tincture white and red, the white having precedence; a narrow edge of white borders each red side of the saltire;
  3. A red cross bordered with white is charged (placed) over all;
  4. The proportion shall be as follows:
          (A) The fly (length) is twice the hoist (width);
          (B) The jack is half the hoist (width) in breadth and 7-16 the fly in length;
          (C) The arms of the red cross with border shall be equal in width to one of the horizontal stripes; the white border shall be one-third the width of the red cross;
          (D) The arms of the compound saltire (crossing) are equal in width to the red cross, the tinctures white, red, and the border being in the proportion of 3, 2, 1, respectively.

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