Kokua Line


Kokua Line

By June Watanabe



Wednesday, February 17, 1999


Ticket sellers should
warn of obstructed views

On Jan. 30, I attended the sold-out Janet Jackson concert at the Aloha Stadium. Unfortunately, I had a problem with my seating accommodations in section MM, blue, row 30. As a safety precaution, the stadium uses a sheet of Plexiglas at the bottom of the aisles to prevent people from falling off the balcony. The safety glass obstructed our view of the concert. The rain made matters worse as it collected on the glass, distorting our view of the stage. Who do I contact about remedying this situation? Although rain is a natural occurrence and beyond anyone's control, the glass caused the problem. I have two suggestions: 1. Advance warning by the ticket seller that the view might be obstructed by the glass, or 2. Do not put those particular seats up for sale.

When the stadium opened in 1975, a screen was used as a safety barrier. But because of complaints, it was replaced a year later with the safety glass, said stadium box office manager Ainsley Paki.

Your two suggestions are already part of policy -- to an extent.

Normally, only the "good seats" are sold. Obstructed seats generally are in the first four rows in the blue and yellow levels, Paki said. These are sold only if people want to attend an event and after they have been warned that views are obstructed, he said.

At football games, for example, "some people don't mind" sitting in those seats, Paki said.

Ticket sellers at the stadium warn buyers of possible obstructions. Sellers at outside ticket outlets also are told to pass on that warning, Paki said, but stadium officials aren't able to monitor such sales.

Maintenance people can wipe down the Plexiglas, but there's really no solution if it's raining during a concert or other event, Paki said.

Tapa

I went to a yogurt shop in Hawaii Kai and bought a pint of ice cream. But the girl confirmed the container only weighed 13 ounces. You're not getting your money's worth, as I see it, if the world over, a pint is supposed to be 16 ounces. Why are they allowed to do that?

Because, as long as a pint container was filled to the top, you were getting a pint's worth of ice cream.

It depends on the method of sale, according to a measurement standards specialist with the state Department of Agriculture.

If someone is selling something by weight, then one pint -- or one half quart -- is equal to 16 liquid ounces. Then you should be getting 16 ounces.

However, any container with the capacity of holding one pint also is defined as one pint.

"These containers are measured containers," said the measurement specialist.

"If they fill it as much as they can, then it should contain whatever amount is being advertised."

If you still have questions about this or anything else involving the quantity of a product, call the branch at 586-0886 and someone will check.

Tapa

Mahalo

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, my husband and I went to the Waikiki People's Market. Afterward, we were crossing the street and my husband fell on the median strip. I tried to help him and also fell. We were blessed by three guardian angels who came to help us. I forgot to thank them, but we sure appreciated what they did for us. I lost a dozen eggs, but luckily, we were not really hurt. -- Two senior citizens

Tapa

Mahalo

To Rene Mansho for reviving the beautiful tradition of Boat Day. Better to spend money on that than to resurrect the Natatorium. -- No name





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