Hawaiian Flag Day Celebration at National Park
Kona, Hawaii, July 22 (DHN) – Did you know that July 31 is Ka Hae Hawaii(Hawaiian Flag Day)? Back in 1990 the Governor of Hawaii, John D. Waihee III, decided to create a day celebrating the Kingdom of Hawaii’s flag. Every year since 1990, the people of Hawaii have celebrated Hawaiian Flag Day. Hawaii’s flag was commissioned by King Kamehameha the Great in 1816. Historians are not quite positive who the actual designer of the flag was, because some credit Alexander Adams while others credit George Beckley. Regardless, the flag transitioned from the Kingdom of Hawaii, to the Territory of Hawaii, to the State of Hawaii. 195 years later it is still flying high. If you happen to be on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 29, you can celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day at the Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. From 10:00am to 11:00am, retired park ranger Ernest David Young will offer a special program exploring the history of Hawaiian Flag Day at the Puukohola Heiau Visitor Center. One of the most historically significant sites to visit on the Big Island of Hawaii, Puukohola Heiau was built by Kamehameha the Great between 1790 and 1791 to honor the war god Kukailimoku. Measuring 224 by 100 feet, this massive stone structure is a magnificent feat of ancient Hawaiian engineering. Built without the use of mortar, the lava stone structure has walls that reach 20 feet in height. Fully restored, this fantastic temple is part of the National Park System, and is believed to be one of the last heiau built in the Hawaiian Islands.