UH Hilo to fly US, Hawaii flag at equal heights

UH Hilo to fly US, Hawaii flag at equal heights

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo will soon boast two flag poles so as to display both the U.S. and Hawaii state flags at equal heights after protesters removed the American flag late last year.

The Hawaii tribune-Herald reports that Hawaii sovereignty activists lowered the U.S. flag from the campus's single pole on Dec. 1 and delivered it to administrators. Protesters demanded that the Hawaii flag be shown preference when the flags are raised.

UH-Hilo Director of University Relations Jerry Chang says the flagpole will be replaced with two new flagpoles with lockable, internal halyard systems so that unauthorized people cannot lower or raise flags.

Project manager Lo-Li Chih says The new poles will cost more than $33,300 and should be installed by mid-August.

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