The Hawaiian Flag!
The Support of Hawaii!!
It is this symbol which honors you, O Hawaii; it is a mantle for you to have pride in; and above all things, it is the Support for the roof of your house, secured unwaveringly; and it is worthy of pride and boasting. Its awesome beauty as it flutters on the tips of the winds presents Hawaii across the four corners of this globe.
This symbol, a Flag, the affection for it is indelibly emblazoned in all peoples; and thus they are proud of and boast of the Flag of their own nation. Abuse of the flag of a nation is the abusing of the nation and its people. Rebellions, quarrels, and wars have been started between nations of this world because of the scorning and mistreatment of the flag of one nation by another.
Amongst all patriots, among the true natives who honestly prize their land of birth; amongst those who stand steadfast behind their own nation; it is a lei and a cherished thing; yes; it is not only there that their thirst of aloha for their flag is quenched, but there is so much more—for its waving in victory is the Support [Koo] which sustains their independence by way of their nation. Continue reading
THE BEAUTIFUL FLAG OF HAWAII.
MAY YOU WAVE FOREVER.
You may obtain the glorious flag of our land from the hands of the Secretary of the Hawaii Holomua, Mr. Thomas. K. Nakanaela. All those who have aloha for the Independence of the Land, come and get flags for yourself lest they run out.
(Hawaii Holomua, 4/3/1893, p. 2)
Beautiful Flag of Hawaii, May You Wave Forever
[This flag appears in beautiful color in the original newspaper.]
(Koo o Hawaii, 8/15/1883, p. 1)
At nine o’clock this morning, and since the editorial matter of The Liberal was in type, the United States flag was hoisted upon the Capitol by Captain Wiltse of the U. S. S. Boston and a United States Protectorate was proclaimed over the Hawaiian Islands in the name of the American Government, pending negotiations now going on at Washington. The troops saluted the American flag first and immediately thereafter faced about and saluted the Hawaiian flag. The following is the text of the proclamation:
TO THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE.
At the request of the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands, I hereby, in the name of the United States of America, assume the protection of the Hawaiian Islands for the protection of life and property, and occupation of the public buildings and Hawaiian soil, so far as may be necessary for the purpose of specified, but not interfering with the administration of public affairs by the Provisional Government.
This action is taken pending, and subject to, negotiations at Washington.
John L. Stevens,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States.
United States Legation, February 1, 1893.
Approved and executed by
G. C. Wiltse, Captain U. S. N.
Commanding the United States Ship “Boston.”
(Liberal, 2/1/1893, p. 2)
THE HAWAIIAN FLAG AT A GOVERNMENT OFFICE.
In the morning of Friday last week, September 22, the stripes of the Hawaiian Flag, second in beauty to no other, was seen in the Business Office of the Postmaster General [Luna Leta Nui].
And this is something astonishing for us to see that the Hawaiian Flag is placed in the Office of one of the Heads of Government appointed by the Provisional Government [Aupuni Kuikawa].
Our friends will perhaps not have forgotten the thoughts we published earlier pertaining to the Hawaiian Flag.
The Commissioner of the United States came to Hawaii, whose name will never be forgotten by this people, Hon. James H. Blount, When he ordered that the American flag be taken down and the Hawaiian Flag be raised once again. We made it clear that the Hawaiian Flag was the foundation of this Nation, and it is the unwavering tree; and seeing its stripes once more shows us that its branches are growing, that being the Royal Standard of Queen Liliuokalani.
Therefore we report to you each and everyday all the signs that we see, and we also give advice to the Lahui, to live with patience, to hold your breath, for it is Almighty God’s time now to make right our Nation’s leadership.
The reestablishing of Queen Liliuokalani to the throne of Hawaii nei, that is not something for man to do, but it is for Jehovah. And as for this Government Head, it is as if he is trying to cover up their wrongdoings.¹ How sad.
¹See Olelo Noeau, p. 313, no. 2859, for more on “Uhiuhi lau mamane ka wai o Kapapala.”
(Leo o ka Lahui, 9/25/1893, p. 3)
We were shown some silk handkerchiefs printed with the Hawaiian Flag by Mr. Charles Girdler; this is a haole, who is with the Hawaiians in the difficulties of the land these days; these are truly beautiful handkerchiefs, and because they are dyed color fast, they can be washed.
His tiny shop is next to the attorneys’ office of Akoni Rosa, Enoka, and Kahookano, on Kaahumanu Street. They will be gone in a few days.
(Leo o ka Lahui, 7/21/1893, p. 2)