The Hawaiian king had flown it out of respect for King George III and as a sign of friendship with Britain. During the War of 1812, Americans on the islands were unhappy with such a partisan act. When Kamehameha commissioned a flag for the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1816, the designer incorporated the “Union Jack”.”
Why is there a British flag on the Hawaiian flag?
It is the only US state flag to include a foreign countrys national flag. The inclusion of the Union Jack of the United Kingdom is a mark of the Royal Navys historical relations with the Hawaiian Kingdom, particularly with King Kamehameha I.
Was Hawaii a British colony?
Hawaii was a united kingdom under a single monarch only for eighty years, from 1810, when Kamehameha I (1738–1819) brought all the islands under his control, to the time when the monarchy became defunct under Liliuokalani.
Why Do Hawaiians fly the British flag upside down?
Why? The inverted flag is an internationally recognized symbol of a nation in distress and a sign of protest to the American government. “Its a strong message to send visually without having to say anything,” said Douglas Askman, an associate professor of history at Hawaii Pacific University.
Does Hawaii have a British flag?
The union jack flew as Hawaiis sole flag until 1816, when red, white and blue stripes were added. It has remained a part of the flag. It might seem strange, as Hawaii was never British, says Graham Bartram, chief vexillologist at the Flag Institute, but it works as a symbol of friendship.
Why are there 2 Hawaiian flags?
As a compromise, King Kamehameha commissioned the flag were familiar with today; one that incorporates both nations by way of color and design. Hence, the red/white/blue color scheme is similar to that of Americas Old Glory and the Union Jack, a symbol of Hawaiis alliance with the British.
Which is the real Hawaiian flag?
“The controversial Kanaka Maoli—or “native Hawaiian”—flag was introduced to the public by Gene Simeona of Honolulu in 2001. Simeona stated that this unearthed design was “resurrected from an original Hawaiian green, red and yellow striped flag, destroyed by British navy Capt.