Posted on July 31, 2022
This is an update of my post published on July 31, 2011:
Today is Hawaiian Flag Day. The flag is unexpected, at least to me—it doesn't seem to catch the island flavor or the Pacific/Asian ancestry of many Hawaiians—and it features a British “Union Jack” in one corner!
But in 1816 this flag was commissioned by King Kamehameha the Great to show Hawaii's close ties with Great Britain. The eight red-white-and-blue stripes stand for Hawaii's eight major islands.
This flag represented Hawaii as the flag of the Hawaiian Kingdom, as the Republic of Hawaii, and as the territory of Hawaii. Now it represents the State of Hawaii.
- Here are some activities and coloring pages.
- The A to Z Kids Stuff website has lots of links to explore.
Eight major islands?
I bet most folks cannot name more than four to six Hawaiian islands! Without looking it up, I can think of six:
Oahu - The capital city of Honolulu is located on this island
Maui - Famous for the dormant volcano Haleakala and the road to Hana
Kawai - Famous for the Napali Coast with its dramatic cliffs
The Big Island - Famous for the active volcanos and destructive/constructive lava flows
Lanai - also known as Pineapple Island
Molokai - of the six largest islands, this one may be the least developed and therefore most pristine and secluded
Here are the two lesser-known main islands:
Kahoolawe—“The Target Isle” - this island was used as target practice for U.S. military!
Niihau—“The Forbidden Isle” - basically, forbidden to outsiders in oder to keep it Hawaiian
This is THE least developed and most secluded of the
eight main islands, because the owners keep it that way!
And what about the minor islands? Turns out, there are 137 islands (including atolls) in Hawaii!!
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