Nice looking build! 98 last good year of the steel Konas imo. After that they started going backwards, but 97-98 were the best, most evolved of the lot (somebody will probably be on to tell me I'm wrong for reasons x, y and z, but that's what I've always felt).
I sort of agree, the Hawaiian decals do fit in with the brand far better than any previous styles, but i still prefer the earlier, simpler types. But then the paint got better between 95 - 98.
Also the triple-top tube cabling kinda ruins the line of the frame IMO. They looked neater when they had canti's and under BB gear cables.
Ho Hum, i guess my ideal Kona doesn't really exist. But i got pretty close with my 1992 Lava Dome
EDIT: Oh, excusing a Stars & Bars HOT, i'll take one of those in a 19" and won't even slightly grumble