UH-Hilo comes up with a plan to end flag controversy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo has come up with a plan to solve the flag controversy on campus.

The school's only flag pole has stood bare for seven months after Hawaii sovereignty activists took down the American Flag.  The protesters folded it and handed it to school administrators.  They didn't like that the 'stars and stripes' flew above the state flag.

Since then, no flags have flown over the campus but now the school has made a decision.

Two poles will replace the one and both flags will fly at equal height.

"When UH did some research into it, we found that a lot of the new state buildings... including the state capital, that was basically the new standard operating  procedure," says UH Spokesman Dan Meisenzahl.

Other campuses, like West Oahu, already have multiple flag poles.

The changes at UH-Hilo will cost more than 33-thousand dollars.

"I was really surprised," says student Gordon Mitchell, "They're going to spend all that money for an additional flag pole... I thought it was pretty common to fly the state flag underneath the United States flag."

Native Hawaiians have erected the state flag in an alter outside campus center.  The debate comes at a difficult time between UH and sovereignty activists as protests of the Thirty Meter Telescope continue atop Mauna Kea.

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