Kokua Line


Kokua Line

By June Watanabe



Wednesday, September 16, 1998


Litter law doesn’t
apply to fliers
placed on cars

If there is an environmental statute or ordinance, which agency is charged with enforcing it? Our group walks along the mauka walkway of Ala Wai Boulevard on Sundays.

We pick up trash, beer cans, plastic water and soft drink bottles along the route. Handbills litter the street and the area of the newly planted row of hibiscus. Enclosed are copies of handbills placed on windshields of cars. Businesses which use this cheap form of advertising should be held accountable for cleaning the rubbish they create.

When queried about this, the Honolulu Police Department sent us a copy of the city's litter control law, which gives enforcement authority to any "enforcement officer" designated by the Department of Public Works, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Building Department and any police officer.

Such officers are authorized to issue a citation if they witness a violation, receive a report from a private citizen witnessing a violation or have probable cause to believe that a person has violated the litter law.

However, the law defines littering as a "willful or negligent" act. Placing handbills on car windshields, no matter that they somehow end up on the street, wouldn't appear to be littering.

Until they were eliminated in 1995 because of budget cuts, there were state Litter Control Offices in each county.

While there is no government agency now overseeing litter problems, there still are volunteers who meet monthly and who sponsor periodic cleanups under the auspices of the Governor's Committee for a Beautiful Hawaii.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is "sort of a state sponsor," providing office space and a phone line (538-3166), albeit no funds, said committee Co-Chairman John Steelquist.

But while the committee helps coordinate educational programs, it doesn't get involved in things like your handbill complaint. Steelquist suggests the best route for your complaint is via your City Council representative.

Tapa

We are a group of employees at the Hawaiian Regent Hotel. Our concern is with the tour buses and vans parked in front of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel on Kapahulu Avenue. Oftentimes, the vehicles are empty, without drivers or passengers. We have to use the second lane to make a right turn onto Lemon Road to proceed to work. The vehicles use the "passenger loading zone" as an excuse to use the street as a parking lot. Can you help? We are looking for justice.

Police assigned to District 6 (Waikiki) have been working with several hotels and tour companies to address such problems, said Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Jean Motoyama.

It's not just a matter of where they park the buses, but also of idling engines.

"Watch commanders have been instructed to monitor the area for possible parking violations in front of Queen Kapiolani Hotel, as well as other hotels," Motoyama said. Violators have been cited and will continue to be cited, she said.

In the meantime, anyone seeing a violation should call 911 and an officer will be dispatched, she said.

Tapa

Mahalo

To Brad Harris who helped me when my moped failed on the Kailua side of the Pali tunnel. I wish good things for you and your family. -- James

Tapa

Auwe

To the driver in the blue car on the Pali Highway the morning of Aug. 12. Leave home earlier so that you don't have to speed down the Pali, switching lanes. Driving on the line doesn't mean you can cut into my lane if I'm right there. Drivers like you cause accidents! -- No name





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