WHO LOWERS THE FLAG?
Apparent Difference of Opinion Among Native Hawaiians.
Consultations Being Held—Preparations for Presenting Views Before the Commissioners.
The proposed Hawaiian political society spoken of in the Bulletin a few days ago has not yet completed all arrangements for organization but in a few days some definite action may be looked for.
The men at the head of the movement look upon it as most vital that a committee of representative Hawaiians be appointed to present the views of the Hawaiian people before the Commission that is soon to investigate matters in Hawaii preparatory to the framing of laws for her government.
Messrs. Ka-ne and Poepoe, two of the leaders in the movement referred to above, are at present consulting with various prominent Hawaiians on the matter of the lowering of the Hawaiian flag. They have agreed that it would be the correct thing to have a native born Hawaiian lower the flag for the last time, and they name Prince Albert Kunuiakea as the one, who should be selected to do this. Should he not consent, Judge Kalua is named as second choice. At any rate, the Government will be consulted in regard to the matter.
On the other hand there are natives who think that such a proceeding would be distinctly inappropriate and not at all in accordance with the feelings of the mass of native Hawaiians who would refuse point blank to take any part whatsoever in the lowering of the Hawaiian flag or raising of the American.
[This is one of the articles in the English newspapers of the day, on the subject of having a Hawaiian be the one to lower the flag.]
(Evening Bulletin, 8/5/1898, p. 1)