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Question: The Star-Advertiser has published the furlough days for the city. Can you print the state’s furlough days for the upcoming fiscal year?

Answer: Not all state agencies follow the same furlough schedule.

The Judiciary, for example, has a slightly different timetable, while certain employees in a department will work on a scheduled furlough day.

Most workers in these departments — Accounting and General Services, Agriculture, Budget and Finance, Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawaiian Home Lands, Health, Human Resources Development, Human Services, Labor and Industrial Relations, Land and Natural Resources, Public Safety, Tax, Transportation, and Office of Information Practices — will be off on the following Furlough Fridays:

July 16 and 23, Aug. 6 and 27, Sept. 17 and 24, Oct. 8 and 29, Nov. 19 and 26, Dec. 10 and 17, Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 4 and 18, March 11 and 18, April 1 and 29, May 6 and 20, June 17 and 24.

The state says that schedule will apply to the administrative offices and almost all staff.

A limited number of programs within some departments will use alternate scheduled furlough days to minimize disruption of their services.

You can find that schedule on each department’s website (see for a listing of departments).

You can also find what offices will be open on Furlough Fridays at

The Judiciary’s Furlough Friday schedule: July 16 and 23, Aug. 6 and 13, Sept. 17 and 24, Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 3 and 10, Jan. 7 and 28, Feb. 4 and 11, March 4 and 11, April 1 and 8, May 6 and 20, and June 17 and 24.

Broken Sprinkler Update

In response to a recent column about broken sprinklers along Ala Oli Street in Foster Village (see, Jeoffrey Cudiamat, director of the city Department of Facility Maintenance, said his staff has had to deal with numerous sprinkler repairs since taking over maintenance of roadway medians from the Department of Parks and Recreation.

His staff was aware the sprinklers on Ala Oli had broken again (after repairs were made on April 30) and turned off the irrigation system until new repairs could be scheduled, he said.

The sprinklers were fixed the weekend of June 12.

However, workers repairing the sprinklers saw evidence of vehicle tire tracks in the median, which were the likely cause of damage, Cudiamat said.

He said his department has consulted with the city Transportation Services Department about installing "No Parking" signs on the medians.

In the meantime, he said efforts by the community to deter parking on median areas or vandalism to the sprinkler systems "would be greatly appreciated as the repairs are costly and may permanently damage the landscaping."


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