That's just 19th Century Polynesians hedging their bet. They accepted a Union flag from a passing British whaler and an American one from a Yankee Clipper and they flew the one which seemed appropriate for whatever ship was in port. It was incorporated into the state flag when Hawaii became a state in 1960. Don't forget they saw off Capt Cook and his pirates when they got too frisky with their women. This isn't Tahiti, after all.Seems fair enough, I agree. After all, there's still an American state that uses the British flag.