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Moon’s aid to Leeward Oahu cited in naming of new court

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QUESTION: I heard that they will be naming the Kapolei Court Complex after Chief Justice Ronald Moon. Don’t you have to be deceased before a government building is named after you? I believe there was an exception in honoring Coach Les Murakami, whose vision was instrumental in building the UH baseball stadium. What is Moon’s legacy? If you read "Broken Trust," it hints at his inability to do anything about the Bishop Estate debacle. Besides, it wasn’t his vision to build the Kapolei Court Complex. The vision started during the terms of Chief Justices Herman Lum and William Richardson.

ANSWER: While other government entities might have a policy of not naming a building after someone still living, the state Judiciary has no such policy or law, a spokeswoman said.

As it stands, the Kapolei Court Complex, which was dedicated in May, will be renamed the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judicial Complex at a ceremony in August.

The renaming of the complex is said to be pursuant to a resolution adopted by the state Legislature this year that outlined Moon’s accomplishments.

In recommending that the complex be named after him, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 38 states that since Moon became chief justice in 1993, "He has been a decisive and tireless leader of the Judiciary and has shown unwavering support for increasing access to the judicial system, especially for traditionally underserved communities on the Leeward Coast."

(See www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2010/Bills/SCR38_ SD1_.pdf for the entire resolution.)

Thomas R. Keller, administrative director of the courts, says he supported the recommendation because of Moon’s many accomplishments over the past 18 years.

"Chief Justice Moon has made tremendous contributions to Hawaii’s Judiciary in three important areas: enhancing the administration of justice, increasing access to the courts and preserving the independence of the judicial branch of government," Keller said. "He has also been honored by national organizations for long-standing contributions to the improvement of the justice system."

All that, "as well as Moon’s exemplary reputation for being fair-minded and a true visionary," means "there could be no better name for this important courthouse," he said.

QUESTION: What websites are available to check business licenses and complaints?

ANSWER: You can find information about registered businesses in Hawaii, as well as their complaints history, on the website for the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: hawaii.gov/dcca/breg.

However, the Legislature has passed a bill that would restrict public access to pending complaints. Gov. Linda Lingle has until Tuesday to sign it, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature. See hsblinks.com/2im.

You can also check on the complaints history of businesses with the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii: hawaii.bbb.org.

 

MAHALO

To the gentleman who helps make the crosswalks safer for pedestrians at the corner of Keolu Drive and Akumu Street. He is there weekday mornings and afternoons, rain or shine, signaling to drivers with a stop sign to allow pedestrians the right of way. He makes our community a nicer, safer, place to walk and is much appreciated. — A.K. Carroll

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