Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Friday, September 17, 1999

Dumping site
under investigation

Question: Who can you call when you suspect illegal dumping on private property? It seems every Tom, Dick and Harry dumps trash or boulders on private property in Waianae. I've been calling all over -- the state and city -- and can't get a response. Nothing has been done. The dumping is along a dry riverbed that facilitates runoff when we have heavy rain.

Answer: We got a very brief answer after reporting your complaint to the state Department of Health.

After investigating, Lene Ichinotsubo, acting coordinator of the Office of Solid Waste Management, told us, "The site is currently under investigation by the Department of Health."

She said she could not divulge any information for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

State law says no person, including a public body, can operate an open dump; no one can operate a solid waste disposal system without first securing written approval from the state director of health; and no one can "discard, dispose of, deposit, discharge or dump solid waste, or by contract or otherwise, arrange directly or indirectly for the disposal of solid waste in an amount greater than one cubic yard in volume" except at a permitted solid waste management system, without first getting written approval from the director.

The maximum penalties include fines of $25,000 per day and 30 days in jail per violation.

Q: Do you have information about funeral services for the two boys who died after being pulled from the swimming hole in Mililani?

A: Mass for Makaio Rich, 12, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Visiting hours begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial is set for 2 p.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

A wake service for Richard Landingin, 10, will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Mililani Mortuary's makai chapel. Visiting hours are 6-9 p.m. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. the next day at the mortuary; visiting hours begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.

Richard and Makaio died about a half hour apart on Sept. 4, eight days after being pulled from the murky waters of Waikakalaua Stream.

Concrete pots for a park

Last week, we asked if anyone could use concrete pots, which a reader wanted to donate instead of just toss away.

Several people responded, including Kekama Galiato, coordinator for Na Hoa Noho O Ka Paka O Na Pueo, or the Neighbors of Pueo Park, in Alewa Heights.

Neighborhood residents have banded together to help spruce up the park at 1816 Alewa Drive. Part of the park grounds houses Hale Kako'o, a respite center for people with Alzheimer's Disease.

Heavy pots are preferred because it gets windy at the park. Call Galiato at 595-0746 if you have any pots to spare.


To Glenn of Hawaiian Airlines. I arrived Aug. 26 from San Francisco and was outside of baggage claim, sitting on a wall waiting for my son to pick me up. I didn't realize until I arrived at my destination that I didn't have my carry-on bag. I called lost and found and spoke to Glenn, who said no one had turned it in. But he said he would go outside to check. A couple of hours later, he called to say he had found it. Thank you, Glenn, for going the extra mile. -- Mary Kim, Glenview, Calif.

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