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The colors of the islands

Island name
(in Hawaiian)
Hugh Lovell / Hawaiʻi Ko Aloha flag [pcl03] &
color name shade rationale
English Hawaiian (¹) (²) color (³)
Hawaiʻi red ulaula   R lehua blossom, of ohia tree  
Maui pink akala   P- lokelani flower red
Kahoʻolawe gray ahina   G hinahina plant pink
Lānaʻi orange alani   O- kaunaoa plant yellow
Molokaʻi green omaʻomaʻo   V kukui tree green
Oʻahu (golden) yellow mele mele   Y+ ilima blossom  
Kauaʻi purple makuʻe   P mokihana flower  
Niʻihau white keʻokeʻo   W pupu shell  
Nihoa blue uli uli   B- sky and water  

  1. as in this image by Peter Orenski, 16 January 2005
  2. FotW color standard, with FIAV color codes
  3. as shown in the Maui County flag - According to the proponents of the Hawai'i Ko Aloha flag, the color for Lanae is orange, not yellow, the color for Maui is pink, not red, and in turn the color for Kahoolawe is grey, not pink. While the former two differences can be acceptable variants, the later cannot. (Green for Molokai matches both sources.)
At local humorist Charles Memminger digresses about Hawaiian island colors and in passing confirms all accounts given by the proponents of the Hawai'i Ko Aloha flag. He informs also that "Oahu apparently had enough political clout to be able to modify its color. Golden yellow sounds better than just yellow".

António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 March 2008

Local Government in Hawaii

The only local governments in the State of Hawaii are Honolulu and Maui, as there are no incorporated cities, towns, townships, boroughs or villages.
Steve Shumaker, 25 November 2009