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There seems to be inept work with the city's online TheBoat schedule at trytheboat.com. During the morning it shows the ferry leaving Kalaeloa for Honolulu but fails to show the morning return times from Honolulu to Kalaeloa. Likewise, the schedule indicates the afternoon Honolulu to Kalaeloa times, but not the return times to Honolulu. What's going on?
Answer: Although the reverse runs have not been publicized or noted on the schedule, TheBoat does carry passengers in both directions mornings and afternoons.
Why all the runs aren't posted wasn't explained.
For now, "We are looking at how best to publicize the availability of the reverse commutes," said Bill Brennan, spokesman for Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Brennan said TheBoat is designed, "first and foremost," to bring commuters into town in the morning and return them to West Oahu in the evening.
However, service in the reverse direction is available both morning and afternoon, "and many people are taking advantage of it, especially the return to Aloha Tower from Kalaeloa in the late afternoon," he said.
The first boat, which arrives at Aloha Tower at 6:30 a.m., unloads passengers, then heads back to Kalaeloa at about 6:35 a.m. The second arrives at about 7 a.m. and turns around at about 7:05 a.m., while the third downtown arrival is at 9 a.m., with service back to Kalaeloa at 9:05 a.m.
In the afternoon the first boat leaves Kalaeloa at 3 p.m., the second at 4 p.m. and the third at about 5:30 p.m., Brennan said.
Q: While driving in Hawaii Kai recently, I saw several dogs in the bed of a pickup truck, none tethered. I recently read about a dog being injured when it either jumped or fell out of a pickup truck. Isn't it against the law to put dogs in truck beds un-tethered?
Section 15-24.22 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu -- "Carrying animal in vehicle" -- says "no dog or any other animal shall be transported on any public street or highway in any vehicle unless such animal is totally enclosed within such vehicle, within a secured container carried upon such vehicle, or securely cross-tethered to such vehicle in such a way as to prevent the animal from falling out of or off such vehicle, and to prevent injury to the animal."
The exception are horses or cattle, which are required to be carried within enclosed vehicles so that they cannot fall or jump off.
To the kind lady who, on Monday, Sept. 17, stopped to offer help when our car stalled in front of Ben Parker School in Kaneohe. She insisted on helping to push our big SUV off the road and offered additional help, which we at first declined. After thinking our situation through, I asked for and received a ride to our nearby residence to get another car to go to work. You saved my day, and I totally forgot to ask for your name. We appreciate what you did for us and hope we can one day repay you. -- Rolf and Rosie
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