Hawaii News | Newswatch Newswatch By Star-Advertiser staff Sept. 7, 2014 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. U.S. flags flown upside down Two American flags were spotted flying upside down — a sign of distress — at state and county buildings on Kauai last week. On Wednesday, a resident emailed a photo to The Garden Island of one inverted flag in front of the Circuit Court building. That incident turned out be an oversight by the janitor who put the flag up early that morning, said Alton Amimoto, court deputy administrator. He said the mistake was not reported to staff until 10 a.m. "Our apologies to the Americans out there that fought so hard for that flag," Amimoto said. On Thursday, County Clerk Ricky Watanabe reported the same thing at the Historic County Building. County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said the flag initially was put up correctly by a county worker. "It appears we have a prankster(s) on our hands," she said by email. The U.S. Flag Code says the flag should never be displayed with the "union down," except as a signal of dire distress. Previous Story Isles face widening shortage Next Story Budget crisis idles Guard across U.S.