The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH-Hilo) has given into Hawaii secessionists, spending tens of thousands of dollars to construct flagpoles that will ensure the U.S. flag doesn’t fly above the Hawaiian one.
Last December, a group of Hawaii sovereignty activists pulled down the American flag from its flagpole at the main entrance to UH-Hilo, and then hoisted up the Hawaiian flag by itself, in order to protest the “illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom by the United States.” They then delivered the U.S. flag to administrators, demanding that henceforth the Hawaiian flag should be given precedence on flagpoles.
Since then, according to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the flagpole has been kept bare due to the controversy.
U.S. flag etiquette holds that, within the United States, the U.S. flag must always be given precedence over those of states, cities, or organizations.
But now, UH officials have given into the demands of activists, and they will be spending $33,000 to install two new flagpoles of the same height to make sure the Hawaiian flag may be regarded as equal. The flagpoles will also have an internal halyard system that can be locked, in order to prevent activists from fiddling with the flags in the future.
The new capitulation is similar to one that has occurred at other state buildings in Hawaii, the school said. The new flagpoles are expected to be installed by mid-August.
One Hawaii independence activist celebrated the school’s decision as an admission that Hawaii is illegally occupied.
“By putting two separate poles up, they (UH-Hilo) have recognized us as a nation not conquered,” Joseph Kaululo told the Tribune-Herald. “There is no flag flying right now at UHH and Hawaii Community College. So, the only flag now flying is the one around our ahu (stone altar). We are the only ones in power right now.”
Kaululo further accused UH of “brainwashing” its students by working to support America’s illegal occupation of Hawaii. He said the flag offensive is only the beginning.
“The flag is just the beginning,” Kaolulo said. “Without a flag, you have no jurisdiction.”
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