Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, October 24, 1998

Unopposed candidates
need not be on ballot

I am attending college in California. On the absentee ballot I just received, there were no candidates listed under the County of Hawaii column. Since James Arakaki is the only Council candidate running in District 3 and he won his primary race, he has been left off the general election ballot. Shouldn't he be listed on the general election ballot to make it official?

Hawaii County Councilman James Arakaki was elected officially in the primary election because he has no opponent.

State law stipulates which candidates are elected outright in the primary election, said chief elections officer Dwayne Yoshina.

It depends on the office and the jurisdiction.

For example, for the counties of Hawaii and Maui, the law says candidates who are unopposed in the general election will not appear on the general election ballot.

That's the case for Arakaki, who also was unopposed in the primary election.

The names of state Senate and House candidates who are unopposed in the general election also will not appear on the general election ballot because they, too, are considered elected at the primary election.

Some candidates can win an elective seat and not appear on any ballot. For the Board of Education, the names of candidates who are unopposed at the close of filing of nomination papers will not appear on either the primary or general election ballots. They are considered elected after the close of filing.


I've noticed that sprinklers are turned on at Ala Moana Beach Park in different areas at midday. The sprinklers by the tennis court loop area water the pathway as well as the ground. This makes it very difficult for walkers, bikers, runners, in-line skaters, etc., to cross, trying not to step in mud or slip on the wet pavement. Aren't we instructed by the Board of Water Supply to use water wisely, and that is NOT to water your lawn at midday?

The park supervisor was not aware of the problems you cited, especially since the tennis court area sprinkler is manually turned on about 5:30-6 a.m. and turned off about 7 a.m., "quite a bit before the arrival of most tennis players and park users," parks spokeswoman Patti Kimoto said.

However, she said, the area would be monitored.

"As a rule, we do not water at midday," Kimoto said. Manual watering is done mostly in the mornings and is completed mostly by midday, she said.

There are exceptions, however, such as for the testing of equipment, for additional watering in a particular area or if there is a tree in need of irrigation, she said.

The parts of the park that are watered during the evening are on an automated watering system.


Quit smoking!

The American Lung Association of Hawaii and the makers of Nicotrol nicotine patches are giving away 1,000 six-week patch kits -- worth $150 each -- to Hawaii smokers who are at least 18, smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day and want to quit. Participants will be screened. Call 537-5966 on Oahu or the nearest association office on the neighbor island.


To the people in a black truck with two children riding in the back, plus one sitting in the lap of an adult, apparently not in a seat belt. I hope nothing happens to your children as a result of your carelessness. -- No name

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