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Hawaii - Independence Movements (U.S.)

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Nation of Hawai'i

image by Antonio Martins, 11 June 1997

Nation of Hawai'i is a pro-independence group of people descended from the original inhabitants of the islands. They have a white-yellow-black flag with a 'Kahili' symbol in the middle yellow band (the white and black bands are half the size of the yellow). See their site for a full explanation of the flag and the coat of arms
Jan Oskar Engene, 24 August 1995

The white and black bars represent the balance of all things - Heaven and Earth, night and day, the positive and negative. The gold represents the entire human `ohana (family), with precious life as pure as golden light. The purple represents the original inhabitants of the Hawaiian Archipelago, Na Kanaka Maoli, caretakers of the Spirit of Aloha. The Kahili is an ancient symbol of communication between Heaven and Earth, inspiring leadership of the `ohana. The Kahili is embraced by La`i, leaves of Ti, a sacred plant of Hawai`i with powers of spiritual protection and healing.
Steve "Scooter" Kramer, 9 September 1996

The flag is a new flag that was created to distinguish the independence movement from the de facto state flag, and to move beyond using the same Kingdom flag upside down (as a nation in distress symbol) to show that we have moved beyond distress and into restoration. However, it is true that the Kingdom flag which is the same as the de facto state flag is rich in history, and though it has not been determined yet, I would guess that the final decision of the people will be to continue to use the same flag that has been used since the Kingdom, which has always been associated with Hawaii, independent or under occupation.
Scott Crawford, 20 December 1998

Ka Lahui Hawai (Polynesian Sovereignty Movement)

image by Ivan Sache, 17 September 1999