History of the Hawaiian Flag. 1879.

Question on the Flag.—The Hawaiian Flag; when was it first made? Where? Who was the King? Who were the ones who thought about and helped in its making? Which flags was it made like? In other words, it was made following which flags? If there is someone who knows, please answer the “Kuokoa,” so that Hawaii’s great desire is fulfilled.

[This is an interesting question, considering that 17 years earlier, the Kuokoa (1/1/1862) ran an article on the history of the Hawaiian flag along with a color image of the flag!

The history was rerun again nine years later on 1/7/1871 (also with a color image of the flag).]

(Kuokoa, 3/22/1879, p. 2)

He Ninau Hae.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XVIII, Helu 12, Aoao 2. Maraki 22, 1879.

More on the lowering of the flag, 1898.

WHO HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.*

Being that in time that news reported of earlier will come, about the raising of the American Flag above Hawaii, from the authority of the Republic of America; and in regard to this, word is being sent out to my beloved nation of Patriots.

DECLARATION TO THE LAHUI.

To all Patriots, we pray [ke Ka o ia aku nei? ke Kalo ia aku nei?] that you will not visit nor approach the area where the American Flag will be raised; let everyone remain at their own Home, kneel and look to the almighty one to ask for his help for the Hawaiian Nation, Land, and Kingdom.

All heads and leaders of the men’s and women’s Ahahui Aloha Aina [Hawaiian Patriotic League] and Hui Kalaiaina [Hawaiian Political Association], are directed to heed this as well.

JAMES K. KAULIA.

President.

*Mataio (Matthew) 13:9.

(Aloha Aina, 8/6/1898, p. 4)

O KA MEA PEPEIAO LOHE E HOOLOHE IA.

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke IV, Helu 32, Aoao 4. Augate 6, 1898.

More on Hawaiians and the lowering of the flag, 1898.

WHO LOWERS THE FLAG?

Apparent Difference of Opinion Among Native Hawaiians.

Consultations Being Held—Preparations for Presenting Views Before the Commissioners.

The proposed Hawaiian political society spoken of in the Bulletin a few days ago has not yet completed all arrangements for organization but in a few days some definite action may be looked for.

The men at the head of the movement look upon it as most vital that a committee of representative Hawaiians be appointed to present the views of the Hawaiian people before the Commission that is soon to investigate matters in Hawaii preparatory to the framing of laws for her government.

Messrs. Ka-ne and Poepoe, two of the leaders in the movement referred to above, are at present consulting with various prominent Hawaiians on the matter of the lowering of the Hawaiian flag. They have agreed that it would be the correct thing to have a native born Hawaiian lower the flag for the last time, and they name Prince Albert Kunuiakea as the one, who should be selected to do this. Should he not consent, Judge Kalua is named as second choice. At any rate, the Government will be consulted in regard to the matter.

On the other hand there are natives who think that such a proceeding would be distinctly inappropriate and not at all in accordance with the feelings of the mass of native Hawaiians who would refuse point blank to take any part whatsoever in the lowering of the Hawaiian flag or raising of the American.

[This is one of the articles in the English newspapers of the day, on the subject of having a Hawaiian be the one to lower the flag.]

(Evening Bulletin, 8/5/1898, p. 1)

WHO LOWERS THE FLAG?

Evening Bulletin, Volume V, Number 982, Page 1. August 5, 1898.

Hawaiians and the lowering of the flag, 1898.

WILL THE ONE WHO LOWERS THE FLAG BE A HAWAIIAN?

There is much talk going around these days about this disturbing subject, that some native Hawaiians are being asked to carry out this deed when the time comes, that being the 12th of this month.

The kanaka Hawaii maoli who agrees to do this vile act, betraying the Beloved Flag of his homeland, should think carefully, and set his eyes upon the Beautiful Hawaiian Flag as the wafts of breeze softly unfurls the Hawaiian Flag upon its throne, that being top of the flag pole, before he rushes to carry out the traitorous orders of the cowards who are full of evil.

Let us leave to the American haole and the American descendants the carrying out of this act, so that the consequences fall on the haole and not on the Hawaiians.

Remember this: “It is not upon the chief priests of the Jews of those days past that befell the bitter end for their pushing Judas Iscariot to betray the Lord Jesus. But the horrible end fell upon Judas for that deed of the chief priests, and not upon them. It was Judas’ bowels that gushed out, and not that of the people who urged him on.

This will be the same, O Beloved Hawaiian people, and the haole is taking by force from you Beloved Hawaii.

Leave it to the haole to take down the Beloved Flag of Hawaii.

Edward Kekoa.

(Aloha Aina, 8/13/1893, p. 2)

HE KANAKA HAWAII ANA ANEI KA MEA NANA E HUKI KA HAE HAWAII ILALO

Ke Aloha Aina, Buke IV, Helu 33, Aoao 2. Augate 13, 1898.

Beautiful flag story, 1893.

HAWAIIAN FLAG.

On Thursday afternoon of this last week, Hon. C. W. Ashford raised a Hawaiian Flag hand sewn by some Hawaiian Ladies, whose length was 21 feet and width was perhaps 10 feet.

Before the raising of this flag upon a new Flag Pole built many feet tall, his children were called, whose ages are between ———, to name this Flag Pole and the Flag; when they were asked: What is the name of this Flag Pole and this Flag? They answered together, “Lanatila [Victory]; it was then that the beautiful Flag of Hawaii rose and fluttered in the beloved soft gentle breeze of the motherland; that Flag waves continuously upon this Flag Pole everyday. It is a true Hawaiian who has done this first, it is upland of Kalihi past the school of Kamehameha.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 5/1/1893, p. 3)

HAE HAWAII.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 695, Aoao 3. Mei 1, 1893.

Another on the flag, 1893.

THE ROYAL STANDARD OF HAWAII.

In the history of Hawaii nei, from when the Royal Standard of her Rulers first fluttered until 10 oʻclock in the morning of Wednesday, January 18, 1893, it was the first time that the famed beautiful flag was lowered because of a foreign power, and not under the power of the Ruler of the land. For at that hour, the Queen, Liliuokalani, left her throne as was agreed to in Her Protest Proclamation, and the rooms of Iolani Palace are cold without the warmth of the only high chief left from ancient times; it is as if her walls are grieving at the disappearance of that cordial voice of greeting, and her soft carpeting cries, lonely without the rustling of royal footsteps. Aloha! Aloha to you, O Iolani of the sacred kapu—our tears do flow along with yours; however—deeds carried out by man can be resolved by God.

(Hawaii Holomua, 1/19/1893, p. 2)

KA HAE KALAUNU O HAWAII.

Hawaii Holomua, Buke III, Helu 142, Aoao 2. Ianuari 19, 1893.

Another article on the lowering of the Hawaiian flag from Iolani Palace, 1893.

The royal standard was lowered from the flag pole of the Palace this past Wednesday, and it is not known when it will be raised again, and the former Queen, Liliuokalani, returned to her home in Waikiki to live.

(Kuokoa, 1/21/1893, p. 2)

Ua huki ia ka hae kalaunu...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXII, Helu 3, Aoao 2. Ianuari 21, 1893.

More on the flag, 1893.

[Found under: "News of the Day"]

According to the last news we received, there is a desire to raise the American flag above the Palace, and the government buildings, and up the other flag poles of the nation, however, there are some high-ranking officials from other nations who are protesting it vehemently; and that is how they barely remain.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 1/19/1893, p. 2)

Ma ka lono i loaa hope...

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 625, Aoao 2. Ianuari 19, 1893.

More on the flag from Iolani Palace, 2011.

After putting up the article from 1918 about the search for the flag from the Palace earlier this week, I went to the Archives just to see.

303

FLAGS – ROYAL STANDARD
4′ x 12′
Marked on hoists: Royal Hawaiian Islands.
Royal Crest on a gold field. Badly burnt and repaired,
June 1940.

This flag is said to be Queen Liliuokalani’s Royal Standard that was lowered from Iolani Palace on January 17, 1893 by Captain John Good, N. G. H.

Source: Transferred from West Point Museum, Sept. 26, 1978 and received by Gov. George Ariyoshi, Oct. 3, 1978. Transfer arranged by John W. Bryan, Sr. (grandson of Capt. John Good) who originally donated the flag to West Point Museum, in June 1925.

See Correspondence file for further info.

Hawaii State Archives card catalogue

from Archives, 12/9/2011

Hawaiian Flag from Iolani Palace, 1918.

ANYONE KNOW OF THE ROYAL FLAG?

This office [of the Kuokoa] was asked by the caretaker of the museum of antiquities at Kamehameha Schools, if perhaps there was someone who knew the whereabouts of the royal flag of Hawaii nei that was taken down from the flagpole of the palace when the rule of Queen Liliuokalani was snatched away, and being that there is no one here in this office who knows of the flag, therefore it is being asked before the public, and perhaps there is a Hawaiian who knows of the flag, or has heard of where it is kept.

There are many Hawaiian flags, but the one that is greatly desired is the royal flag that was taken down on the 17th of January of the year 1893, which is 25 years ago; and the reason for this great desire to acquire this flag is that it will become something that will remind us of the history of Hawaii and her people.

If there is someone who knows, or who has seen where this royal flag is kept, please inform the head of the museum at Kamehameha Schools, or this office.

(Kuokoa, 8/16/1918, p. 3)

UA IKE ANEI KEKAHI I KA HAE KALAUNU?

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVI, Helu 33, Aoao 3. Augate 16, 1918.