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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Friday, April 14, 2000

State flag may fly
on Hawaii military bases

Question: Each time I drive out to Kaena Point, I see the Hawaii state flag flying at the U.S. Army's Makua firing range. As a veteran, this troubles me, for I'm under the impression that no state flag should be hoisted on federal property, let alone on a military installation. If the Army is doing this as a gesture of reconciliation to the Hawaiian people, that's very nice, but regardless, I believe it is against military protocol.

Answer: It's true that Army regulations state that "the flag of the United States is the only flag that may be flown from a flag pole on Army installations located in the continental United States, said Army spokesman Capt. Rich Spiegel.

However, the Army's Institute of Heraldry may grant exceptions, he said.

Note the term continental United States.

While the same regulations permit foreign flags to be flown at Army installations outside the continental U.S., they do not contain specific guidance for Army installations in Hawaii, Spiegel said.

In the case of the Makua flag, permission to fly the Hawaii state flag was requested because the Army command here "wanted to show respect for our close partnership with the state," he said.

On Dec. 28, 1998, the director of the Army's Institute of Heraldry gave permission to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army, Hawaii to fly the state flag with the U.S. flag.

"Therefore, flying the flag at Makua is proper and in accordance with regulations," Spiegel said.

The state flag also is flown at Hickam Air Force Base and The Naval Magazine at Lualualei.

Q: Can you tell me the date, time and location of the Easter sunrise service? It used to be at Punchbowl.

A: Many churches hold sunrise services on Easter Day. The annual Easter Sunrise Service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl, will be held at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, April 23. Gates will open at 4:30 a.m. See tomorrow's Star-Bulletin for a full listing of Easter Sunday services.

Punchbowl plants

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific reminds the public that potted plants and artificial flowers may be placed at gravesites beginning next Tuesday until Monday, April 30. Prematurely placed items will be removed.

To check with the cemetery staff about other restrictions, call 566-1430.


To Waimea Valley Park and Sts. Peter and Paul church for their kokua during "Baywalk." Also, a belated mahalo to Kiewit Pacific, Kazu Hayashida and his Department of Transportation gang, Civil Defense and all the guys who worked so hard to finish the walkway and temporary road across Waimea Bay. It is impressive to see how things can get done. -- Nancy Lam


To the female driver of a black Ford Contour. About 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, while everybody was slowing down on the Pali Highway through Nuuanu, she kept weaving in and out of traffic, then cut dangerously to the right lane to go toward the freeway. Please pass this on. -- No name

(Readers, you can pass on the license plate numbers and pertinent details yourself to the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division, 801 S. Beretania St. Honolulu 96813. They'll send a letter to the registered owner.)

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