QUESTION: Nearly every day at approximately 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Moanalua Recreation Center, the Freeway Service Patrol is there with at least two tow trucks. They cone off the entire area beneath the overpass and sit on their lawn chairs.
QUESTION: I found a "no parking" sign fronting the side lawn at my address and other properties throughout Mariners Cove in Hawaii Kai the beginning of November. I called the company "Green Thumb" named on the sign and was told this was for a city project to plant trees.
The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association says "Hawaii's needlessly cumbersome paper processing" system is behind delays in dealers obtaining motor vehicle registrations and metal number plates for new car buyers.
Question: What gives McDonald's at Waialae and Palolo the right to use Waialae Avenue as a loading lane for drivers waiting to enter its drive-thru and thus block a lane of Ewa-bound moving traffic on Waialae Avenue? This happens at certain times of day, not all day or all night.
Question: The sprinkler at a house in our Waikele neighborhood has been running 24/7 for at least 10 days. The owners only spend a few weeks a year here and are currently in Japan. We don't know how the sprinkler went on.
Question: I noted on the screen at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre that the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has donated $10,000 to the Museum Business Council. What is the rationale or connection for the state doing so? Who made the decision? Isn't the state supposed to be hands-off in giving money to private, profit-making entities?
Question: I know that you have published a few articles about the new bike lane on King Street, and I think we are just going to have to see how it works out during the "pilot program" period. However, one of my main concerns now is parking. What parking is allowed on the mauka side of King Street?
Question: About 8:45 a.m. one day, my neighbor began flying his drone over houses and in the park near my house. This continued through our breakfast with a sound that mimics a hundred mosquitos. About 11 a.m., I went into my backyard and found the drone flying above me.
Question: I was exiting Kaiser's Honolulu Clinic onto South King Street recently and looked both ways as we automobile drivers have the sidewalk, green bike lane and at least two more lanes to view before proceeding safely.
Question: In March, we drove to the Waialae Iki V Community Association gated community on Laukahi Street and expected polite clearance to proceed on the public access to Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail, a state Na Ala Hele trail.
Question: Every morning I drive down Kainalu Avenue in Kailua, past the intersection by the fire station/police complex, past Kailua Intermediate School and on into Enchanted Lake. Elementary and middle school students I see riding bikes without helmets far outnumber those who wear helmets.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, we went to Ala Moana Park to spend the day with friends and were shocked to see the number of dogs in violation of the "no animal" ordinance: 37 on Magic Island alone and another 14 throughout the rest of the park.
Question: In the past you have reported that some schools and other organizations hire off-duty cops to direct traffic or to provide security. Who pays their workers' compensation or other costs if they are injured in the course of these off-duty activities? I hope it is not the taxpayer.
Question: On the election ballot questions, if I don't select either a "yes" or "no," will it count as a "no" vote? If I vote "yes" and "no," will it invalidate the whole ballot or just the question in which both boxes were marked?
Question: The Star-Advertiser had an article about Waimalu being a flood zone. The rail is being built in this area. My understanding is that you can't build anything in a flood zone, especially the rail. Can you correct me if that's not true?
Question: As a fan of classic cars, I have often tried to get a clear answer to what I have always thought to be a rather
straightforward question, but I guess it's not: What is the exact procedure to secure a "horseless carriage" license plate
for a classic car in the City and County of Honolulu?
Question: It's been two years since the University of Hawaii has had a mascot. Are they doing anything to get one, or are they ever going to get one? Answer: There are no current plans to replace UH's former mascot, Vili the Warrior.
Question: Hurricanes that form in the East Pacific travel west for 2,000 miles on a track that would take them south of Hawaii. But when they near Hawaii they tend to turn north or northwest, threatening Hawaii. Why? Why don't they keep traveling west?
Question: I parked in a metered stall on Nuuanu Avenue, fronting the Mei Sum dim sum restaurant. I put 70 cents in the meter and got 11 minutes of parking time. Are the meters broken? How much time do you get for every dime or quarter you put in?
Question: My fiance and I are visiting my family in Kaneohe. In the first three days we were here, we received two parking tickets on the same street near a bus stop. I have photos that show one car parking closer to the bus stop than I parked, before the stop, and another one that shows a car parked after the bus stop, next to a driveway, where I also parked.
Question: I'm just wondering about those new "parklets" in Kakaako. It was said that these are for public use and they are located on city streets. How will these new parklets not become new homeless shelters? Are there laws stating who can use these and when they can be used?
Question: What is our state's community quarantine or isolation laws/procedure regarding highly infectious diseases like Ebola? I read a National Public Radio article that said it is 99.9 percent a state practice to determine when to quarantine someone involuntarily, which surprised me.
Question: Regarding the article about people now being able to put their veteran's status on their driver's license: There was no mention about charges. I called the driver's licensing division and was told there will be a $6 charge. Is this correct?
Question: Recently fishermen and families who enter Paiko Beach through the one remaining public easement (127-A) are being
told by several residents that they cannot set up poles, stand or sit beyond the high-water mark as they are trespassing on
Question: When I had my car inspected this month, I received one piece of heavy paper (from which the new sticker was removed for placement on my bumper). I asked the attendant for the copy needed to accompany my motor vehicle registration renewal.
Question: What is the jurisdiction of the harbor police? While driving on Nimitz Highway about 11:15 one night, I was told by a harbor
police officer that he was going to ticket me for driving with my high beams on.
QUESTION: Regarding the new bicycle lane on King Street: My main concern is the area from Kealamakai Street to Victoria Street, where asphalt barriers look like they will prevent people from parking in the few "premium" spaces in the area.
Question: We were sitting at Sandy Beach the afternoon of July 25 or 26 and observed two cops on all-terrain vehicles approach a group of military guys and start rummaging through their cooler looking for alcohol, I presume.
Question: Understandably, they are cracking down on drivers for pedestrian safety. The law, as my friends and I understand it, is that we have to stop when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk on our side of the street.
Question: I saw the commercial for gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona in a courtroom. I thought the Judiciary was supposed to be apolitical, so how was he able to film in a courtroom for a campaign commercial?
Question: Everyone wants to know, especially those in Manoa terrorized by Yama Fazzari, why is he repeatedly released on bail, and why is bail set so low? How is he allowed to get back on the streets to threaten and terrorize others? Who makes these decisions?
QUESTION: Now that the Waialae Avenue resurfacing project is completed, a bike lane has been added on both sides of the street. While I am thrilled to have a bike lane to promote alternative forms of transportation, as well as safety for the riders, it appears that we are no longer coning during rush hour.
Question: When the Honolulu rail project is completed, will there be one price for riding the rail and TheBus? If you ride the rail, can you use the same ticket to get on TheBus? My friend said “no,” because TheBus is run by the city and the rail is a state project.
Question: My cousin sent me a YouTube video of poisonous chopsticks from China. I checked the chopsticks in my kitchen drawer and, seeing they were from China, threw them out right away. Does Hawaii check Chinese hashi?
Question: At Saturday's UH-Oregon State football game at Aloha Stadium, two groups of intoxicated people were close to fighting in Section K in the first quarter. Police eventually arrived, but left without action. They came back in the second quarter to eject a couple of people.
Question: I called the city and reported that since street resurfacing was done, the signals on Meheula Parkway are not working as before. Left turns go on even if no cars are turning, lights change even if there are no cars waiting.
Question: For months, crews have been installing a new waterline on Kamehameha Highway between Kaneohe and Heeia pier. It seems that most of the morning consists of removing the metal plates and excavating a trench, and most of the afternoon, refilling the same trench and replacing the metal plates. What work is being performed, and why does progress seem so painfully slow?
Question: A peaceful Sunday walk with my small rescue dog turned into a traumatic nightmare in Waikele. A man was walking his two bulldogs across the street when suddenly, one dog broke loose. It attacked my dog as she screamed in terror.
Question: I work on Alahao Place and have been parking on the street for over 20 years. Recently, "no street parking" signs were placed all over the street. There is no time as to how long the "no parking" is for. If this involves city construction, aren't they obligated to give us a time as to when we are not able to park there?
Question: The Aiea Public Library has moved to a new location. What is the state is planning to do with the old library on Moanalua Road? Day and night, the parking lot is full of cars and there's so much noise at night. Who is parking there during the day and especially at night?
Question: My mother-in-law received a reminder card to renew her driver's license, which she tried to do recently only to be turned away due to not having the proper documents. We found out the card was not updated with all the changes.
Question: We recently were asked by a police officer to leave Thomas Square with our leashed dogs, because the sign says, "No Animals." He said he had received a complaint and wouldn't write any citations that day, but if we returned he would have to cite us.
Question: In January, I paid via my mom’s account for her ambulance service only to find out that insurance would pay for it. I called the state Emergency Medical Services to ask for my refund of $946. They said because the money was put into the general fund it would take about 120 days to get a refund. It’s been over six months.
Question: Several months ago the solar system on the roof of the Aina Haina Public Library was heavily damaged by a windstorm. When will the system be reinstalled and who is responsible for replacement costs -- the state or the contractor?
Question: There's a house on the makai, Diamond Head corner of Bates and Bachelot streets that burned over a year ago. The house is still there and is an attractive nuisance for the kids in the neighborhood. Aren't owners of these damaged properties supposed to tear them down because they're a threat to public health and safety?
Question: Would it be possible for you to find out why the bathrooms at Punchbowl cemetery (near the Visitors Center) are in such disrepair? My wife and I attended services for my dad there in mid-July and went there again at the end of July.
Question: There are a number of vehicles parked downtown at metered stalls, e.g., Richards Street, in which a placard saying "Parking Permit for Government Business" is placed on the dashboard. Can you determine how and why and on what basis these "permits" are being issued?
Question: There is a coconut tree in Kaneohe, on the mauka side of Heeia fishpond, that looks a lot like the ones infested with the coconut rhinoceros beetles. Could you forward this to the place that handles this problem?
QUESTION: Along Beretania (and other streets) we see a growing number of traffic signals at a single intersection. At Beretania and Victoria (a relatively low-traffic intersection), there are six traffic lights facing Beretania traffic, four of them on an ugly arm that extends over the whole street.
Question: A friend recently had her first baby, and it was very hard to find information on paid maternity leave in Hawaii. She inquired with her human resources section and was told there was no allocation for paid maternity leave, unless she had sick leave to cover her time out.
In April a very unprofessional landscape maintenance crew did a real job on the Kahekili Highway plantings, and the way they left it was a lot of be desired. They almost finished off what damage was done last year. This time they decimated the loulu palms by removing most of the healthy fronds that were finally becoming attractive.
Question: I have several close relatives buried at Punchbowl, including my brother. It's now been more than a year since we placed his urn in a niche, and we are still waiting for his engraved name to be inked in so that we can find his burial site and see his name.
Question: Has Kirk Lankford, who was convicted of killing Masumi Watanabe, been released from prison? Answer: No. It will be a long time before he is released from prison for the 2007 murder of Watanabe.
Question: There are three problems that need to be addressed at Ala Moana Beach: 1. People saving parking spaces by putting a cooler or chairs to block the space or parking a car in the middle of two spaces. I have seen confrontations when people want to park in the saved spaces. 2. Dogs on the beach and in the water.
Question: A Star-Advertiser article on the lack of spaces at Ala Moana for the Fourth of July Fireworks show made me wonder how many spaces Ala Moana Center and Ward Centers have lost during their recent redevelopment. Doesn't each shopping center have an agreement with the city to provide a set number of parking spaces for shoppers and employees?
Question: Where can we find a listing of restaurants and the ratings issued by the state Department of Health? Answer: For now you're advised to call or go to a restaurant to check on its color-coded placard.
Question: I filed my Hawaii state tax late March for 2013. I am due a refund of nearly $7,000, but have not received it yet. When I checked the status online, it said that amount had been processed, but that no refund is due. When I called, I was told that because of my credit for photovoltaic installation, my refund was under review. How long does it take?
Question: I just got my absentee ballot for the primary election. There was a note that said I must choose a political party to which I belong, and once I choose a party, I cannot vote for any candidate outside that party or my vote will be voided. When was this ridiculous law passed?
Question: Regarding Gov. Neil Abercrombie's campaign commercial in which he plays a taxicab driver: Even though it is a commercial, aren't the governor and his passengers supposed to buckle up? It's the law.
Question: When and where can the absentee ballots be dropped off? I know the ballot can be mailed in the prepaid postage envelope provided, but I do not like the idea of having my signature, name and address on the outside of the envelope for whoever to see. Why can't the signature part be on the inside yellow envelope?
When will the striping on the H-1 freeway between Kahala and First Avenue be clearly marked? Especially during the evening time, it is difficult to distinguish the lines for each lane as you're driving. I believe an accident will occur because of this.
I live one block from a bus stop where the two airport buses, the Nos. 19 and 20, stop. You would think it would service residents who want to get to the airport without paying a lot for a taxi or shuttle.