Film crews can make use of hydrants
: Along Kamehameha Highway, fronting Heeia Kea Pier in Kaneohe, there is a piece of land (old electric yard building). Usually, there are more than 10 movie trailer vans there. A fire hydrant on Kamehameha Highway, not far from the entrance of this building lot, is being used with a hose attached to it and into the grassy area. Is this allowed?
Answer: There are two fire hydrants in the vicinity of Heeia Kea Pier that belong to the Board of Water Supply.
The Honolulu Film Office and Grass Skirt Productions LLC had applied to use both hydrants, and both applications were approved, said Wanda Yamane, spokeswoman for the Board of Water Supply. The use of both hydrants "is fully authorized."
Grass Skirt Productions, which produces the television show "Lost," is being billed for the use of the hydrants and all water consumption, she said. Grass Skirt Productions "has conducted its business responsibly," she added.
Q: The city's lighting has been failing along the bike and running path on the banks of the Ala Wai, next to Ala Wai Field and the Marco Polo condominium. The power is on, but I counted at least 16 of the lamps not working as we ran the path on Sept. 16, and these lights have been going downhill for months. Much of that path has been off limits to the public during the construction of the emergency sewer line project for Waikiki, but the section from University Avenue to McCully Street is open and gets heavy use by folks in the neighborhood. We need the path lighting to help keep the area safe. A few years ago, before the lighting was installed, the path was a dangerous place for evening and early morning joggers. Can you help us get the path lighting to work?
A: We were informed last week that 14 lamps along the bike path were replaced the week before, which was shortly after we passed along your complaint.
However, the work could not be completed until Thursday because the screws for one light fixture were frozen in place, requiring drilling work, said Bill Brennan, spokesman for Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
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