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North American Indian and Native Hawaiian Quilt Collection

Hawaiian Flag
Harriet Soong and Sharon Balai
Native Hawaiian, Waimea and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
54" x 56”
MSUM 1997:72.1
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reseved by the Michigan State University Museum

The Hawaiian flag was first designed for King Kamehameha I prior to 1816. Expressing their allegiance to Hawaiian sovereignty, Hawaiians began making quilts, named Ku'u Hae Aloha (My Beloved Flag). Balai and Soong felt strongly that a flag quilt should be in the exhibition "To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Tradtions". The motto "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono" translated in English as "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."

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