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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, May 20, 2000


Neighbor’s boat obstructs
view of traffic

Question: Our neighbor has a boat and parks it on the street near the corner of the driveway and I have noticed that is is obstructing my view of oncoming cars from the left. People speed down the street many times and I have to stick my car out a little more than usual to see if the coast is clear. Is there some kind of regulation or is it OK to park your boat on the street? If so, in what area is it considered OK or even safe? Would the corner of the driveway be safe or even wise?

Answer: There is no specific law regulating the parking of a boat on a trailer on a public roadway, "unless there are certain issues" involved, said Honolulu police Sgt. Clyde Yamashiro, of the Traffic Division.

Visibility is not necessarily an issue unless, for example, the boat is obstructing the roadway or is parked within four feet of a driveway, he said.

Four feet was deemed to be a reasonable distance from a driveway to afford people enough visibility to safely enter, exit or make a turn, Yamashiro explained.

He said it's difficult to give you a definitive answer without knowing the exact circumstance. He suggested you call 911 and tell the dispatcher you have a nonemergency problem. Explain the situation and ask to either speak to a beat officer or have the officer check out the situation.

Depending on what he finds, the officer may cite the boat owner if it is parked too close to a driveway, Yamashiro said. Also, if the boat/trailer is not moved every 24 hours, it could be cited as an abandoned vehicle, although that rarely happens if the vehicle obviously is not abandoned.

Punchbowl traffic changes

Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl, over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

To accommodate the crowds, normally two-way traffic will be reduced to one-way inside Punchbowl.

From Friday, May 26, to Monday, May 29, police officers will be stationed at Tantalus and Puowaina drives, Puowaina Drive and Hookui Street, and Hookui and Auwaiolimu streets. Left turns from Hookui to Auwaiolimu will be prohibited.

Meanwhile, there will be a 21-gun salute and a missing man flyover by members of the Hawaii Air National Guard during the Mayor's Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, beginning at 8:30 a.m., May 29. Firing drills will be conducted during rehearsals next Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.

Mahalo

On May 5, I was walking home on Lilipuna Road near the Castle Medical Center clinic. I blacked out on the sidewalk. A young man in a white car stopped to help me and took me home. I was too sick to thank him, which I want to do now. I hope my own children would do the same if they saw someone in need. -- Irma Ching

Auwe

To whoever stole the canned goods that were to be picked up by our letter carrier last Saturday for delivery to the Foodbank. This donation was for Stamp Out Hunger. Instead, you ripped off the hungry. -- Disgusted

Mahalo

Recently, I bent down to tie my shoelace and, unknowingly, my wallet popped out of my bag. D.C. found it and turned it in. All my credit cards and money were intact. I tried calling all the D.C.'s in the phone book, but no one was the person who returned my wallet. D.C., you warm my heart with your goodness and bring back faith in humanity. -- Yuko





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