Question: The property owners at 2792 Pacific Heights Road have covered over the city's asphalt pavement with grass, plants and pots in front of their lot where a bus stop turn-out area was. Is this allowed?
Question: I work in a small store. One day, as I approached a customer, he blew out a puff of vapor from an e-cigarette and left quickly. I encounter many users who impart the slogan, "It's not smoke, it's vapor. You're welcome."
Question: I live in Niu Valley and run two to three times a week on Kalanianaole Highway toward Hawaii Kai. For over two years, the Maunalua Bay Beach Park restrooms have been closed for work on a sewer system.
QUESTION: We have lived in Kailua for 40 years, but now have a major fly problem that's been escalating for well over two years. At any given time, I can stand in my front yard and count 15 flies on one leg alone, if not more.
Question: I'm calling about the bus stop kitty-corner from City Hall and across from the Hawaii Public Library on South King Street. On Feb. 13 there was a homeless lady who uses her clothes as her bathroom there.
Question: Who can I contact to complain about the roadwork on Waialae Avenue? A couple times during the workweek during rush hour, they closed one to two lanes at 7 a.m., causing traffic to severely back up on Waialae. Why can’t they wait until rush hour is over to minimize the impact?
Question: I live in Kaimuki. My neighbor constantly is burning dry leaves from his mango tree. The smoke is terrible and going into all the neighbors houses, especially during Kona winds. Is burning leaves and brush and old branches allowed?
QUESTION: The wash-down area for boats at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai recently was relocated to an area parallel to Kalanianaole Highway to allow repairs to the deteriorated pavement at the original wash-down area.
Question: We live in Makaha, and there is no safety-check station out here anymore that will do safety checks on motorcycles or boat trailers. There used to be several stations out here where we could take our motorcycle.
Question: I am cognizant there is a ban of smoking in city parks. Does the law also pertain to the parking lots? I have observed numerous individuals smoking in the parking lot of the Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.
Question: I thought that because Capitol Place was built on a municipal parking lot, it was required to charge municipal rates for public parking. However, the parking vendor installed a machine to collect parking fees which neither accepts coins nor gives change.
Question: I’ve noticed a lunch wagon with a handicapped-parking permit parked in a metered stall for free. I’ve also seen a big yellow school bus parked in a metered stall with a handicap permit and a taxi with a handicap permit waiting in a metered stall. They’re parking for free. Is this allowed?
Question: The traffic signal at Kamehameha Highway and Halawa Drive is not synchronized and is probably one of the longest waits on the island. I was told it cannot be synchronized because the gizmo they use to do so is under the "Commander Pacific Fleet" wall sign, so access is impossible.
Question: There was a large advertisement for tattoo removal in the Jan. 20 Star-Advertiser that said, "Attention All Law Enforcement and Military Personnel: New Tattoo Removal Law goes into effect July 1, 2014." What is that law?
Question: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser published a story on Oct. 22, 2010, about little fire ants on Maui. It mentioned a new bait that eradicated the ant infestation there. However, it did not provide the name of the bait or whether it was available.
Question: I received a mysterious package that says “Return service requested. Open immediately. Package one of one.” I don’t recall any outstanding order. I’m afraid to open it because there’s no return address and I might be responsible for any payment due. Can you give me some advice?
QUESTION: A Honolulu Star-Advertiser story reported that a potential buyer called police to learn whether a vehicle was stolen. Do police actually offer this service? With Craigslist so popular nowadays, it would be helpful to get any information about a car before purchase.
QUESTION: Why have the highway lights been dark at the Pali Highway exit from the H-1 freeway westbound? Also, the lights at both the entrance and exit of Honolulu Airport are out. Both areas have been dark for nearly a year.
Question: Now that the city no longer has a contractor dealing with complaints about nuisance roosters and feral chickens, what can we do about wild chickens coming into our yard? How does one get rid of chickens that have become a nuisance at our beach house?
Question: We were anchored at the Kaneohe sandbar and saw feces floating in the water. Who can I report this to? I have noticed more tour boats at the sandbar. Are they inspected to make sure they are using holding tanks? There were only two other private boats besides ours. It was pretty disgusting to see poop floating by not once, but six times.
Question: While eating at Ala Moana's Makai Food Court, my family and I watched several people walk in with their dogs. These dogs were not outfitted with any type of service dog jacket. While one couple talked and laughed, their small dog licked the top and sides of the table.
Question: About 6:30 p.m. one day, a man came to my door saying he was from the Census Bureau collecting information about how many people lived in the house, their age, race and health. He showed me his badge, but I did not look at it long because the porch was dark. I told him I was not interested and also told him someone had come before. Is this legitimate?
Question: Could you clarify the state Department of Education's policy on smoking on public school campuses? I was at Aliiolani Elementary School attending a craft fair and noticed a few people smoking electronic cigarettes on campus.
Question: When will they complete the roadwork on Waialae Avenue? It seems like they tear it up more than they repair it, and now it's like driving across a lava field complete with skylights (potholes) that swallow your wheels and throw your car out of alignment — and worse.
Question: I live in the Salt Lake area, and many homes are leaving Christmas trees for bulky pickup. I cut my tree up and put it in the green recycling container. I guess people don’t know that sending it to the landfill is wrong. Since we live on an island, why send it there when we can recycle it?
QUESTION: There is a vacant lot at the corner of Waialae and Kapahulu avenues, with an abandoned building, graffiti, overgrown weeds, etc. There is a "No Trespassing" sign on the fence from the state Department of Transportation.
Question: During the last year we have been receiving our mail delivery around 5 p.m. As it got closer to the Christmas season, we have been getting our mail around 6 p.m. when it is dark and I can understand that situation.
Question: Several months ago the state placed rumble strips east and west of Makaha Beach to slow traffic. These strips are not the dome type, but lane-wide strips — 60 strips eastbound and 60 westbound. Basically it's no different from having to drive over 120 potholes daily. While I understand the need to slow traffic, why were these strips chosen?
QUESTION: After a couple of years of not going to the beach, I decided to take a friend visiting from California to Sans Souci Beach Park, between the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel and the Waikiki Natatorium.
QUESTION: I flew on a direct flight between Honolulu and San Jose, Calif., on Hawaiian Airlines in September. I am trying to make reservations again for the same direct flight, but trips are unavailable.
QUESTION: I saw a car with the ">" symbol in its license plate. I checked on the city's website for ordering special license plates -- www4.honolulu.gov/specialplates -- which says ">" is not a valid character.
Question: As part of the Ala Moana beautification project, all electrical and telephone lines and TV cables are supposed to go underground from Kalakaua Avenue to Fort Street. All above-ground systems were to be removed and "new attractive street light fixtures" put in from Ala Wai Bridge to Fort Street.
Question: There is a bad animal manure smell around the Wahiawa Police Station/driver’s licensing station. On days with Kona winds, the smell is overpowering. I'm sure other people must breathe this stink air, too. Can you please ask the Health Department to check on the air quality in this area? I think the smell is from a pig or chicken farm.
Question: I have noticed a small and neglected-looking cemetery on Waialae Avenue, Ewa of the Zippy’s parking lot across from Kahala Mall. There are often flowers on some of the headstones, so it appears that people still visit the graves of loved ones.
QUESTION: Can something be done about the big beige boxes that Hawaiian Telcom is installing on phone poles all over Manoa? There's one on East Manoa Road, makai-bound before the triangle park; at Halelena Place and Oahu Avenue; and at Manoa Road, near Manoa School.
Question: My husband recently started working nights so has been parking on the street during the day. Our mail carrier left a note on his windshield that said on-street parking is prohibited within 30 feet of a curbside mailbox.
Question: There are several large signs on Pali Highway as you're headed toward the tunnels, Kailua-bound. They say something to the effect that trucks and buses are to use the center lane between 5 a.m. and noon. What problem are highway engineers trying to solve with that restriction?
Question: I recently was in my car at the intersection of Kaneohe Bay Drive and Kamehameha Highway near the Windward City Shopping Center, waiting at the stoplight for my turn to proceed. Many other drivers also were waiting their turns.
Question: From Haleiwa to Pupukea, three bus shelters were knocked down in different car accidents six to seven months ago, and none has been replaced. There are no benches and no overhead shelter to protect people from the sun.
QUESTION: We are residents of Windward Harbour in Kailua. The Kawainui Canal runs alongside our complex, alongside Times Coffee Shop, and, if I'm not mistaken, continues all the way down to Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Question: To the person complaining about the slow sixsome at West Loch Golf Course in the Oct. 24 “Kokua Line” (see is.gd/7LbGw5): You should be mad at municipal golf course management for allowing five/sixsomes to play.
QUESTION: What is the significance of the stone with a fence around it at Mother Waldron Park in Kakaako? It is at the mauka-Diamond Head corner of the park. There are "kapu" plaques on the top surface of the walls. There are no other signs to identify the memorial.
Question: Who is responsible for maintaining Makiki Cemetery at Pensacola Street and Wilder Avenue? Why is it not even minimally cared for? I recently visited two family graves. It has always been a difficult walk through long and narrow aisles between rows of graves on a hillside.
Question: There are multiple lines all over the H-1 freeway, heading in both directions between Kahala and the Kapiolani Boulevard exit. It is so confusing, even to this longtime resident, because one doesn't know where the lane markers are. What gives? I feel sorry for any tourist trying to find a way to Waikiki.
Question: Why do firetrucks always respond with sirens? Police cars zoom up Wilhelmina Rise without sirens, and they go much faster than firetrucks. I don't believe a firetruck can exceed 25 mph going up the hill. Who determines the response criterion?
QUESTION: Now that civil unions has been approved and same-sex marriage is on its way to being approved, is the reciprocal benefits law still alive and well? We signed up for it some time ago, but very little information regarding just what it covers is available.
QUESTION: My complaint is about why our ambulance sirens are so loud. I think sirens on the mainland or Europe or Asia intermittently go "beep-beep-beep," which is less painful on our ears than the constant blare that is irritating, painful and annoying.
Question: I know they had football games probably Friday and Saturday nights, but why are the lights at Aloha Stadium still on, all day from Saturday night, Sunday day and night, Monday day and night. And they’re still on Tuesday morning. Where is our tax money going? I think it’s very careless that they leave their lights on.
Question: I recently renewed my safety check on my van and was told that all stickers and decals on the front and rear windshields, excluding military stickers but including parking passes, are illegal and must be removed in order to receive my safety check. What are the rules regarding this? Is it the same for cars, trucks and vans?
QUESTION: It has become quite common for our gray, blue and green bins to get picked up days late, and sometimes not at all, in the Diamond Head area. Who can we contact or notify? ANSWER: Call your district base-yard number before 2 p.m.
QUESTION: The lights on the clock at Aloha Tower have been out for several weeks. As this is the start of cruise season, with many visitors eager to see that iconic landmark, I hate to see the state's most famous building not looking its best.
Question: Are other people having problems with receiving texts that say their VISA card is being deactivated? I don’t even have a VISA card, but I got a message from the number 808-265-8376 telling me to call 808-221-3493 regarding my VISA card. If this is a scam, I’ll report it.
Question: I am 82 and have had a Hawaii drivers license since 1970. I went to renew it and had all kinds of documents. The problem was that I was married by an official of the Jewish temple and my marriage certificate is in Hebrew. So they will not give me a driver’s license now after 43 years. Can you help?
From our condo, I can see the Reef Runway, which has been closed for a long time. I have tried to find out online what they are doing but can’t find anything. We just went to the mainland and took off on another runway.
Question: There are three sand volleyball courts at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park. In September the sign posted with rules on court usage and etiquette was taken down and replaced with a new sign reflecting the new law that bans smoking on our public beaches. How can we go about requesting that the sign with the rules and etiquette be put back?
Question: There was a large pile of sand that the city dredged from the mouth of Kaelepulu Stream in Kailua. In the past, they’ve taken that sand and put it back near the Kailua boat ramp. My understanding is that the city took the sand over to some city golf courses.
QUESTION: I’m trying to get more information on the new motor vehicle safety check program that’s supposed to take effect Nov. 1. My understanding is that they will be taking pictures. I feel it’s an invasion of privacy, but I haven’t seen anything about this.
QUESTION: On Labor Day at Halawa District Park, a no-dogs park, my son, his friend and his friend's dad were attacked by six pit bulls off leash. The Honolulu Police Department was called but the owner-handler was not cited.
Question: At 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, I observed a Board of Water Supply truck near 3112 Kahako Place in Kailua. There were two people with the truck, one repainting a fire hydrant and the other sitting in the cab. Why does it take two people for such an assignment?
Question: On the parking meter side of Kalakaua Avenue along Kapiolani Park by Picnic Area 4 (across from the Waikiki Aquarium), there are two parking stalls that have no meters. Then, across from The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, there's another stall that has no meter.
Why are family members prevented from watching an urn placed in the columbarium during their loved one's memorial service at Punchbowl? My dad had a beautiful memorial tribute in April, but after the service the Punchbowl funeral director told us that he would go alone to the columbarium to inurn dad's remains.
Question: We are landscaping our front yard with small white rock and wanted to know if it is OK to landscape the part between the sidewalk and street. There is only grass there. Are there any laws about that?
I've been traveling through the H-3 freeway’s Harano Tunnels ever since they opened and not once have I seen the digital message board reminding drivers to use their headlights while traveling in the tunnel.
Currently there are two car seats in our family car (sedan). We will be having out-of-town guests, and if we all go out together, not everyone will be able to fit in the car at once. Is there a way to carry the children (i.e., place them on laps) so that everyone can fit?
We saw something that shocked us recently. It was the University of Hawaii “H” logo for a high school baseball team in Oklahoma. Were we wrong? The program was “Horneytown, USA” on the Travel Channel, about towns with “unusual” names, and they had a feature on the Hooker Horney Toads team in Hooker, Okla. The logo looked exactly like the UH logo. Could it be?
What exactly is the penalty, if any, for leaving a dog in a car with the windows closed and in the hot sun? I heard the squeals and yips of a dog as I drove into the Iwilei Costco parking lot recently.
I recently purchased a fish sandwich from the McDonald’s Palolo. It cost $4.19, which I thought was quite expensive. I did not remember paying that much at other McDonald’s locations. Sure enough, the same sandwich at the Kahala McDonald’s was $2.99.
Do you favor raising property taxes on nonresident owners of “Residential A” properties, those valued at $1 million or more?
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