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                                About 150 people participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk held at Magic Island on Saturday. The fund raising walk is for the Best Buddies programs which connects people around the world to indviduals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities at public schools and the University of Hawaii.

Part of Magic Island pathway too close to sea to be repaved

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                About 150 people participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk held at Magic Island on Saturday. The fund raising walk is for the Best Buddies programs which connects people around the world to indviduals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities at public schools and the University of Hawaii.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 10:33 pm
I walk around Magic Island a couple of times a week for exercise. The new walking path is great, but why was the path on the south side not redone? Read More
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                                When a terminally ill person dies at home, who to call on Oahu depends on whether the deceased had been receiving hospice care at home, which is the end-of-life care that eases the patient’s suffering and also provides caregiving and grief support to the person’s family.

When death arrives, call 911 unless utilizing hospice care

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                When a terminally ill person dies at home, who to call on Oahu depends on whether the deceased had been receiving hospice care at home, which is the end-of-life care that eases the patient’s suffering and also provides caregiving and grief support to the person’s family.

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 10:11 pm
When a terminally ill person dies at home, who does the family call? 911? And if 911, do they ask for police, fire or nonemergency? Or do we just call the mortuary? Read More
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                                Proponents of reopening the Haiku Stairs decry that Oahu residents and visitors are deprived legal access to the strenuous hike and its panoramic views, but opponents say the aging structure is too risky for heavy use and that trespassing hikers disrupt the adjacent neighborhood on their way to the Windward access point.

Environmental report due on the Stairway to Heaven

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                                Proponents of reopening the Haiku Stairs decry that Oahu residents and visitors are deprived legal access to the strenuous hike and its panoramic views, but opponents say the aging structure is too risky for heavy use and that trespassing hikers disrupt the adjacent neighborhood on their way to the Windward access point.

Updated on  March 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm
Question: This past weekend we drove on H-3 in the middle of the day and saw several people climbing up the Haiku Stairs. Do you know the status of access? Read More

Airlines will not always ban customers who disrupt flight

Question: Once a passenger causes a flight delay or a disturbance on a flight, will the airline involved ever allow them to fly again on their airline? Read More
Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm
 
DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                A city bus stop. Section 29-4.4(a)(7) of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu says that “no person shall post, affix or display any notice, poster or other paper or device, calculated to attract the attention of the public, to any lamppost, public utility pole or shade tree, or upon any public structure or building except as may be authorized by law.”

Bus stops are another place where it’s illegal to post fliers

DENNIS ODA / 2016
                                A city bus stop. Section 29-4.4(a)(7) of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu says that “no person shall post, affix or display any notice, poster or other paper or device, calculated to attract the attention of the public, to any lamppost, public utility pole or shade tree, or upon any public structure or building except as may be authorized by law.”

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 9:57 am
Question: Thank you for the information about it being illegal to post fliers on utility poles (808ne.ws/nofliers), but does this also apply to bus stops? I live in Mililani, and we have an issue of concern. Read More
 

Elected officials get benefits if they’re on job long enough

Question: Do elected officials in Hawaii (mayor, City Council, governor, state House and Senate) get government pensions and medical coverage even for a short time of office? Read More
Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Artist Solomon Enos finished painting his project on the boards surrounding Thomas Square Park. He said the mural consists of 117 hand signs in American Sign Language.

Sign language ‘hands’ at park convey inspirational message

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Artist Solomon Enos finished painting his project on the boards surrounding Thomas Square Park. He said the mural consists of 117 hand signs in American Sign Language.

Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm
Question: Someone has decorated the Thomas Square park fence with what looks like American Sign Language “hands” or icons. Read More

The ‘buzz’ a common thread in desire for weed and booze

Question: I object when people compare smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol. People can have one drink without getting drunk. … I don’t think it’s possible to smoke marijuana recreationally without getting high. Is it? Read More
Updated on  March 5, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Mulch giveaway halted to prevent spread of beetle

Question: There used to be a compost station at the Halawa Valley water station maintenance yard. A lot of us seniors used to stop by on a Saturday and pick up compost for our yards and gardens and it was very convenient. Why did they stop doing that? It was a good service. … Read More
Updated on  March 1, 2017 at 10:34 pm
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Marijuana

Businesses may deny users of medical pot, experts say

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Marijuana

Updated on  March 1, 2017 at 12:15 am
Kokua Line received several questions asking how tourism- business operators and employees should react when customers or prospective customers appear to be using medical marijuana. Read More

Mopeds parked on street are supposed to be angled

Question: I parked my moped in street parking (metered stall), and this man was very annoyed. He kind of yelled at me. I just walked away and didn’t really listen to what he was saying. It’s legal for mopeds to park in the metered stalls, right? Read More
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                                The Medicare cardholder fare remains in the Oahu bus fare structure table that was approved this month, but which won’t take effect until October. The main changes are the addition of a new all-day fare, and the elimination of free transfers and the four-day bus pass.

Medicare cardholder bus fare will become less of a bargain

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The Medicare cardholder fare remains in the Oahu bus fare structure table that was approved this month, but which won’t take effect until October. The main changes are the addition of a new all-day fare, and the elimination of free transfers and the four-day bus pass.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm
Will the use of a Medicare card still be allowed for a senior discount and what will the cost be for the examples I cited above? Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The bill would require that edible marijuana products be manufactured in a certified kitchen within a production center using marijuana grown in a production center.

Bill would allow dispensaries to create pot-infused edibles

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The bill would require that edible marijuana products be manufactured in a certified kitchen within a production center using marijuana grown in a production center.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 11:02 am
Question: I read with interest the news that companies are being approved to grow marijuana for medical use. My question is, Will their dispensaries be providing an edible or drinkable form? Read More

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