Monday, September 11, 2000
Radioman Donald Doyle of Honolulu hoisted the
Hawaiian flag over the South Pole in 1959. This flag
was later given to Rear Adm. David M. Tyree.
To update an earlier urban legend, there was a particularly vicious rumor that the Hawaiian flag that was lowered from Iolani Palace on Admission Day in 1898 was cut up for souvenirs, a whopper repeated recently by Sen. Dan Inouye. The flag is actually safely stored in the State Archives.
The basis for that myth, as it turns out, is likely James Michener's novel "Hawaii," which noted that the flag was cut into strips. A fiction!
We also wondered what happened to the battle flag from the cruiser Honolulu, which was presented to the Honolulu Navy League in the mid-'50s. Short answer: The Navy still doesn't know. And there are no more cruisers of the Honolulu's famous class. The Navy disposed of them all. They're history.
Other Hawaii flags have occasionally made history. For example, a tiny Hawaiian flag was carried by astronauts around the moon on Apollo 10 and given to Bishop Museum. Bishop Museum folks believe that the flag was passed on to the Onizuka Museum in Kona.
The first Hawaiian flag flown over the South Pole was given to the governor's office in 1957. The first Hawaiian flag over the North Pole was raised in 1960, courtesy of the submarine Sargo, and was passed on to the Navy for safekeeping. It's not known where either is now.
We asked what happens to flags presented to the governor and press secretary Kim Murakawa responded that there are indeed some presentation flags "dating all the way back to Gov. Ariyoshi." They are kept in storage at the governor's protocol office.
"I don't have the details on what they are, exactly. At this point, though, we're looking into storing them at the state archives so they'll be preserved."
Now there's an idea.
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