Kingdom of Hawaii

Date: 1791 - 1959 (for the purposes of placement in series for this collection - 1898)

Description: Eight red, white and blue stripes with British Union Jack in canton. [X03]

The use of the British Union Jack as part of the Hawaiian flag is believed to stem from the impression made upon the Hawaiian King by Captain Vancouver, the British explorer. He had presented a Union Jack to King Kamehameha in 1791. This flag has served the kingdom, the territory and the state.

During the Spanish-American War, although not as a result of it, the United States acquired the Pacific Island chain of Hawaii.

The eight stripes stand for the 8 main islands.

http://www.state.hi.us/about/history.htm about the history of Hawaii . . .