Last modified: 2005-09-02 by phil nelson
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Pohnpei (Ponape) flies a blue flag (blue like the UN flag) with six stars
(one for each island: Pingelap, Mokil, Ponape, Ngatik, Nukuoro and
Kapingamarangi), a wreath of coconut leaves, and a ceremonial cup called a
"sakau" cup made from half a coconut shell. The law allowing a flag
was passed in 1976 and a competition was held. The flag was created by a
student, Rosendo Alex (his was one of 60 designs submitted in the
competition), and it was adopted in December 1977.
Jaume OllÚ, 12 September 1996
I saw two variations of this Micronesian island flag. one version with 11
stars and the other with 6 stars. Which one is the right one?
Dov Gutterman, 08 December 1998
I believe that the design with six stars was the first one. Adopted in
December 1977 the six stars were for the six atolls: Pingelap, Mokil, Ponape,
Ngatik, Nukuoro y Kapingaramangi. The wreath was different from the current
one, and also the shade of blue later changed to the current design (1993)
with 11 stars.
Jaume OllÚ, 10 December 1998
Ponape used the flag bearing six stars during 1977-1992 and then Pohnpei
(new name) changed number of star from six to eleven in the flag in 1992 to
Nozomi Kariyasu, 9 September 2000
Those might be the flags of Pohnpei subdivisions. Despite it's smallness, and judging from the Pohnpei Legislative website, Pohnpei seems to be subdivided into the following 11 subdivisions (municipalities):
We have less than 11 flags visible, but the rest may be off frame.
Jorge Candeias, 20 April 2005