POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2011
Question: Are you able to sell craft items, made by you, on North Shore beaches? I asked a police officer, and he only knew it was illegal in Waikiki.
Answer: The Department of Land and Natural Resources requires a permit for any commercial activity on state beaches or other "unencumbered public lands."
Unencumbered public lands are those that are not leased, set aside to agencies or otherwise encumbered. They include beach and coastal areas not under the jurisdiction of another government agency.
Examples of commercial activity requiring a permit are a beach wedding, baby christening, the scattering of ashes or the teaching of a hula class.
The only commercial activity authorized by DLNR on Oahu beaches is the concession on Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, said spokeswoman Deborah Ward.
However, many North Shore beaches have been conveyed to the city under state executive orders. Those beaches are not considered unencumbered public lands, so the state's rules and regulations don't apply, Ward said.
The city does not issue permits to anyone wishing to peddle crafts or any other kind of merchandise on its beaches, said Craig Mayeda, administrator of Parks Maintenance and Recreation Services for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Under its rules and regulations, "only authorized commercial activities" are allowed within city parks, which include beach areas. Those activities include those authorized or controlled by concession, contract or as part of a city-sponsored program.
Q: Do we need to go in person to the state ID office to renew our ID cards, or can we do it by mail?
A: You can renew by mail only if you are 65 years old or older, obtained an ID card after Nov. 1, 1998, and have no change in name or citizenship.
You can call 587-3112 to verify whether you are eligible.
If you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien and have your current ID card with no change in name and citizenship, all you have to do is complete and mail in the application form. No other documents are required.
If everything is in order, you should get your card within 10 business days.
Those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens must bring in a current passport with a valid I-94 card, Form I-20 or Form IAP.
For more information about obtaining a state ID card, call 587-3111 or go to hawaii.gov/ag/hcjdc/main/hawaii_id_cards.
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