Honolulu, Hawaii, City Flag

Feb 25th, 2018


Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the seat of City and County Honolulu. It is located on the Oahu island in the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu was incorporated as a city in 1907.


The city of Honolulu adopted its city flag in 1960. The Ala Moana Shopping Center installed 102 flagpoles for its opening and wanted a Honolulu flag to be among the flags to be displayed. That is when Tyng learned that the city did not have an official flag. The staff of the shopping center asked a local commercial artist to design a flag based on their suggestions. Once it was created, it was presented to the city council and was officially adopted shortly afterward.


The symbolism assigned to the flag include the following:


*     Ball Shaped Object: The puloulou – markers used to indicate areas that commoners were forbidden to enter during monarchy and in ancient times

*     Red, White and Blue: The colors of the Hawaiian state flag

*     Rising Sun: A new era for Hawaii

*     Shield: The same as the seal that was designed in 1895 for the Republic of Hawaii

*     Star: The Star of Hawaii

*     Yellow Field: Color of the ilima, Oahu’s flower


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Honolulu’s flag ranked 122nd out of 150 flags. Most city’s that use a city coat of arms or seal ranked low in the survey. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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