In 1793, King Kamehameha the Great received the Union Jack as a gift from Captain George Vancouver of Great Britain. As international relations between Hawaiʻi and Britain were benevolent, an agreement was eventually made that Britain would not interfere with Hawaiʻi's sovereignty.
In 1816, King Kamehameha commissioned for a Hawaiian flag to be made. Both the U.S. and British flags influenced the design. The Hawaiian flag has undergone a few redesigns to become the one that exists today.
In 1843, Lord George Paulet, who represented the British Crown, encroached on the Hawaiian Kingdom by bringing a military presence, seizing government buildings, burning all Hawaiian flags, raising the British Union Jack, and proclaiming to be annexing Hawaiʻi to the British Crown.
When Britain heard of what had happened, they sent Admiral Thomas to restore the Hawaiian Kingdom to King Kamehameha III. Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day) is celebrated on the anniversary of that day when the Hae Hawaiʻi was raised to its rightful place and these words were uttered by the King, "Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono" (the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
Dimensions: 3ft x 5ft
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