Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Wednesday, November 11, 1998

Illegal parking
hampers rescues
at Heeia Kea

For 14 years, I've been using the Heeia Kea Harbor boat ramp. For the first time, I was issued a parking ticket for not being in a marked stall. There are not enough marked stalls to park trailers and trucks there, so if they don't allow us, on weekends, to park outside of the stalls, there is no way that everyone can enjoy Kaneohe Bay. Why are they now being so particular about citing us? Also, only cars that were parked closest to the roadway entering the harbor were issued tickets. Trucks and trailers parked illegally in back, blocking some of the wash racks, were not ticketed. That's not fair. If one person gets a ticket, everyone should get a ticket. After spending $30,000 to buy a boat, motor and trailer, we should be given some leeway and not get a ticket every weekend because there's not enough parking space.

Parking regulations must be heeded because fire crews need to get their rescue boats down to the boat ramp if there is an emergency, said Heeia Kea Harbor Master Earl Omoto. If vehicles are parked outside the stalls, a fire truck will not be able to make the turn there, he said.

You were probably just lucky that you weren't ticketed before. Parking regulations are enforced, but "enforcement is spotty because of a lack of personnel," Omoto said.

It's specifically on busy weekends that Omoto said he tries to get state Department of Conservation and Resource Enforcement officers to monitor the parking situation. But the officers can't be stationed in one area all day, so that's why some people may not be ticketed, he said.

Heeia Kea Harbor actually is not "extremely popular," Omoto said.

The weekday we talked to Omoto, there were only six trailers in the lot. But on weekends, there may be up to 100, he acknowledged.

"On any given day, you will be busy," he said. "The fish are biting, you have nice weather. It's like Ala Moana Shopping Center. You go the day before Christmas, you're not going to find parking there."

Stalls are clearly marked and people who park outside of them take a chance at not being caught.

"We're not picking on them," Omoto said. "But they have to understand, if I have an emergency, I need the lanes cleared. And we have had our share of emergencies out here."


What is the status of the new Kamehameha preschool for 4-year-old children? It was supposed to open in August, then they said October. Now it's November and we still have no word.

"We are ready to open," said Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate spokesman Kekoa Paulsen.

The hang-up is a final permit from the city "and that is expected" as early as this week, he said. The teachers are already hired and "the materials in place."

Paulsen hesitated to give a date by which the preschool, for children of Hawaiian ancestry, will open at the Kahaluu United Methodist Church, but said "parents will get a notice as soon as the permit is approved."



To all the good Samaritans who stopped in the rain on the evening of Oct. 2 to assist my daughter and me. My car went out of control and struck a guard rail on the H-2 going toward Wahiawa. A gentleman called the police on his cellular phone, while two other gentlemen stayed with us until police came. Other people stopped to assist. Your kindness will never be forgotten. -- No name



To the young man who lets his dog leave his mess next to the Manoa Chinese Cemetery. Practice good morals by respecting other people's property and clean up your dog's droppings. -- No name

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