The Hawaiian flag displayed here flew over the Lahaina Court and Custom House until 1898 when Hawaii officially became a US territory.
Arthur Waal Sr., the assistant postmaster of Lahaina at the time, was ordered to lower the flag of the Hawaiian Kingdom and raise the Stars and Stripes during a poignant ceremony in front of the Courthouse on August 12, 1898.
104 years later, on September 21, 2002, Arthur Waal Jr. brought this flag to its home at Old Lahaina Courthouse.
The Hawaiian flag was designed in 1812 during the reign of King Kamehameha I. Hawaii's eight major islands are symbolized by the 8 stripes, alternating white, red and blue. The British Union Jack represents Hawaii's historic ties with Great Britain.
Hawaii's flag is the only state flag to have flown over a kingdom, a republic, a territory and a state. Hawaii was admitted to the Union as the 50th state on August 21, 1959.