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  •  Hawaii (3+ / 0-)
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    In 1816, Kamehameha the Great commissioned the Hawaiian Flag, the flag that has represented Hawaii the nation, Hawaii the people and Hawaii the state for over 180 years. Though Hawaii's independence was briefly challenged in 1843 by Lord Paulette, Great Britain sent Admiral Thomas to officially restore and recognize Hawaii's sovereignty and flag on July 31, 1843.

    On that same day, Kamehameha III proclaimed "Ua mau ke ea o ka `aina i ka pono." (The life [independence] of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.) And, two years later on May 20, 1845, Kamehameha III officially re-commissioned and dedicated the Hawaiian Flag at the opening of the Kingdom's Legislature.

    The eight alternating white, red and blue stripes represent the eight islands of Hawaii. The British Union Jack represents Hawaii's historical relationship with Great Britian as its protectorate. It also represents a stylized puela (a triangular standard laying across two crossed spears called an alia) which is the symbol of the Hawaiian ali'i.

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:23:01 AM PDT

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    •  The British Union Jack (0+ / 0-)
      The British Union Jack represents Hawaii's historical relationship with Great Britian as its protectorate.
      And here I thought it was because Barack Obama was born a British subject....
    •  The Kingdom of Hawaii was STOLEN from its people (1+ / 0-)
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      by American corporations. Possibly the most blatantly immoral territory acquisition in the long and inglorious history of such actions by the United States government. I'm not at all surprised that they retain the Union Jack on their state flag; at least the British treated them with some respect.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:24:32 PM PDT

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        The Nuʻuanu Pali was the site of the Battle of Nuʻuanu, one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history, in which Kamehameha I conquered the island of Oʻahu, bringing it under his rule. In 1795 Kamehameha I sailed from his home island of Hawaiʻi with an army of 10,000 warriors, including a handful of non-Hawaiian foreigners. After conquering the islands of Maui and Molokaʻi, he moved on to Oʻahu. The pivotal battle for the island occurred in Nuʻuanu Valley, where the defenders of Oʻahu, led by Kalanikūpule, were driven back up into the valley where they were trapped above the cliff. More than 400 of Kalanikūpule's soldiers were driven off the edge of the cliff to their deaths 1,000 feet below.

        In 1845 the first road was built over the Nuʻuanu Pali to connect Windward Oʻahu with Honolulu. In 1898 this road was developed into a highway which during construction 800 skulls were found believed to be the remains of the warriors that fell to their deaths from the cliff above.[5

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:45:17 PM PDT

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