HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) An iconic Hawaiian flag is going to become a tattoo.
Haitian restaurant El Rancho haitia is creating a new tattoo that is a combination of the flag and its color, making it the first in the country to do so.
The restaurant, located in a historic mansion on Waikiki’s Waikoloa, says it hopes the tattoo will become part of the island’s identity.
It’s also part of a wave of Hawaiian tattoo artists who are trying to create a more inclusive tattoo culture.
The flag’s traditional design was created by the first Hawaiian ruler, Maui, in 1867.
The flag became a symbol of Hawaiian independence from the U.S. after the U-2 spy plane crash in Hawaii in 1952.
It was adopted by the United States, which is headquartered in Honolulu, and became the official national flag in 1946.
El Rancho has been tattooing its new design since last summer, and it says it is aiming to have it tattooed by next month.
It hopes the new tattoo will show the island that it is a part of Hawaii, and that its flag is the same color as its food.
“It’s going to be the flag tattoo that we’re going to have that will be part of our identity,” said El Ranchos owner David Kaula.
He said the flag will have a design similar to the flag used by the Hawaii State Flag Association.
“We want it to reflect our history and our culture,” Kaulas said.
El rancho said it was working on the tattoo after a Hawaiian flag that was recently passed around on social media.
Its new tattoo was produced in collaboration with a tattoo studio in New York City.
El cozmo said the tattoo is going ahead because it wants to show the world that Hawaiians are strong.
“I think the idea of creating a Hawaiian tattoo was a way to show that Hawaiʻi has been resilient,” he said.