Hawaii was the 50th state in the USA; it became a state on August 21, 1959. It consists of a long chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean.. - State Capital is Honolulu. - Nickname is Aloha State. - The flag of Hawaii was commissioned by King Kamehameha I of Hawaii in 1816. King Kamehameha I had unified the islands of Hawaii in 1810, using a schooner armed with a cannon. Before that time, each of the large islands had been a separate kingdom. The flag: The eight stripes of white, red and blue represent the eight main islands of Hawaii. The Union Jack (the flag of Great Britain) is in the upper left corner of Hawaii's flag, honoring Hawaii's long relationship with the British.