Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, September 12, 1998

‘Miss Saigon’ set to play
Honolulu in fall of 1999

What ever happened to the play, "Miss Saigon?" I thought the Honolulu Symphony and the mayor settled scheduling problems so it could come in. I don't see any ads for it.

That's because the Tony Award-winning musical is not scheduled to play Honolulu until the fall -- next year. Barring any problems, the musical will be staged in the Blaisdell Concert Hall in 1999.


Why don't fire departments in Hawaii use helicopters with buckets to put out brush fires, like the one on Molokai? They do it elsewhere and it's an effective way of putting out a fire quickly.

Actually, they do.

"We do it routinely," said Edward Yee, administrative officer for the Honolulu Fire Department. To fight frequent brush fires along the Waianae coast, for example, HFD helicopters, state-contracted private helicopters, U.S. Army and National Guard helicopters are used, all of them equipped to carry buckets.

The island of Molokai, part of Maui County, doesn't have a resident fire department helicopter, but National Guard helicopters -- equipped with buckets -- provided assistance during the recent brush fire, he said.


Federal law allows people who convert from a regular IRA to the Roth IRA this year to divide up taxes due into four installments. Did the state change its law to agree with the federal law? I was given a number to call at the state Tax Department but it's always busy.

Yes, the state law was changed this year and "we do follow the federal law" in this matter, said Tax Department spokeswoman June Yamamoto.


Recently, I noticed a pickup truck with lumber on pipe racks driving with its emergency flashers on in the middle lane of the freeway. I thought flashers were only for emergencies, when vehicles are stopped on the side of the road. Can you please advise unknowing readers of the correct use of emergency flashers?

Those flashers were being used properly, according to Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Jean Motoyama. Besides signaling emergencies, they are allowed to indicate funeral processions, heavy loads, etc., she said.


Safety first

Re the "auwe" to the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee for requiring swimmers to finish before noon to be recognized as an official finisher: Safety is the top priority, followed by recreation and competition. Unlike the Honolulu Marathon, there is nowhere to sit if you are tired or in trouble, or a personal escort boat to get into if you are in the Molokai-to-Oahu canoe race. There is also concern for the safety of more than 60 water safety personnel, all volunteers. If it takes more than 2.5 hours to swim 2.4 miles, the WRSC believes a swimmer is probably beyond reasonable limits of physical stamina given the safety issue. Of 793 swimmers who started, only 16 were affected by the cutoff. Also, everyone who finished was timed and listed in the results. -- James K. Anderson, director/WRSC


Lost dress

I was walking on Punahou Street from the fitness spa to Kapiolani Hospital yesterday morning, carrying my daughter's favorite green-and-blue dress on a hanger, when I somehow dropped it. Someone apparently found and took it. My daughter needed it for a special performance and is broken-hearted. Shame on whoever kept that dress. -- Marlene (Call 983-8394 with information.)

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