This essay is about a Hawai’i-born man named Douglas Herring who designed and wove
an inspired tartan fabric that became the official tartan for the State of Hawai’i. As we know,
the tale of one person is more often complete when the people in their lives are acknowledged
as well. The Hawai’i Tartan is recognized world-wide and is celebrated as such every April 6th on
National Tartan Day. I think this is an important contribution to the art, history and culture of
Hawai'i. When I spoke to Douglas, or Doug, as he preferred to be called, he recalled that the
story of the Tartan all started with a persisting request to his mother, Alice Herring.