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                                A group of skateboarder friends from Kailua go down King Street.
Kokua Line: Are skateboarders allowed to ride in street?

Question: Are skateboarders supposed to be riding on the street? I am seeing this more often, especially on Kapiolani Boulevard from Cooke Street all the way down to Ala Moana Center. One guy on a skateboard really slows down traffic. Read more

David Shapiro: New Aloha Stadium plan must still pass pencil test

The latest idea is for a public-private partnership in which the state would put up $400 million in public funds along with development rights to the 90 surrounding Halawa acres, in exchange for a private partner taking responsibility for designing, building, operating and maintaining a new stadium. Read more

                                Michael Hirokawa with family members and friends at Circuit Court after the jury delivered its verdict on Tuesday.
Column: E lana ka mana‘o

Synopsis: Some people say that the recent not-guilty verdict of Michael Hirokawa of attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping and three counts of first-degree sexual assault may cause victims of sexual assault to be afraid to come forward. Read more

                                The Hawaii Department of Transportation is seeking community input on its proposed roundabout to replace the T-intersection at Kamehameha and Kahekili highways in Kahaluu (by the Hygienic Store).
Kokua Line: Why will it take so long to build Kahaluu roundabout?

Question: Construction of a roundabout at Kahe­kili and Kamehameha highways is about to begin. Why will this project take about 20 months to complete? Will they be doing other improvements to this intersection? Is there something about this site that makes building a traffic circle more complicated than usual, or is this the amount of time it usually takes? Read more

                                Hawaii traffic jam in the afternoon.
Kokua Line: How can I avoid higher vanity plate fee?

Question: I understand that a large increased cost for vanity plates is being added to vehicle registrations. I have a month before I need to renew. Can I exchange my vanity license plate for a regular one before I have to pay the higher fee? What do I need to do? Read more

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