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Hawaii to celebrate its Flag Day
Hawaii to celebrate its Flag Day

Hawaiians and visitors will come together on July 31 to celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day, the islands’ original holiday. Hawaiian Flag Day was first observed July 31, 1843. King Kamehameha III proclaimed the holiday to honor Great Britain’s decision to recognize the islands as the Kingdom of Hawaii, an independent nation. The British flag, the Union Jack, still appears in the upper left corner of Hawaii’s flag.  The holiday will be celebrated with simultaneous commemorations at five places operated by the National Park Service: Haleakala National Park on Maui. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park...