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Hawaii was once an independent kingdom. (1810 - 1893) The flag was designed at the request of King Kamehameha I. It has eight stripes
of white, red and blue that represent the eight main islands. The flag of Great Britain is emblazoned in the upper left corner to honor
Hawaii's friendship with the British.
The seal of the state of Hawaii features a grand image of King Kamehameha I, royally dressed
and holding his staff, and a classic rendition of Liberty, holding the Hawaiian flag, on either side of a
heraldic shield. A Phoenix rises up from native foliage. The date 1959, representing Hawaii's statehood,
displays prominently.Wording on the seal reads "State of Hawaii" across the top. On the bottom of the
seal is a quote attributed to King Kamehameha III, after a British admiral attempted a takeover in 1843:
"Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono", translated as "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
Hawaii became officially known as the "Aloha State" by a 1959 legislative act. Haw. Rev. Stat. 5-7
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