Police will check parking at Ala Moana Beach


POSTED: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Question: A number of construction-type workers park their cars at the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Beach Park around 6:15 a.m. every weekday and are transported from the park in van-type vehicles. This is along the road between Waikiki Yacht Club and Magic Island. It has been happening for months. This leaves a number of cars parked all day with none of the drivers actually using the park. Is this allowable?

Q: Employees from a nearby hotel are parking in spaces that are supposed to be for park- and beach-users in the area fronting the Waikiki Natatorium. They've been warned about this but still do it. Can you have someone do something about this?

Answer: The Honolulu Police Department is addressing the parking violations in Ala Moana Park, spokesman Maj. Clayton Kau said last week.

Parking is supposed to be for park-users only.

“;Officers will check the parking area, and violators will be informed of the law and given a warning,”; Kau said, adding that citations could also be issued.

Regarding parking along the roadway fronting the Natatorium, Kau noted three signs in the area that indicate parking also is supposed to be for park-users only. He said HPD is working with the city Department of Parks and Recreation to address the problem of non-park-users taking up the spaces and that officers also will monitor the area.

Question: I recently took my car to my usual safety inspection station and was told I did not pass because my “;CV boots”; were torn. I was told that this was a new requirement this year. Is that true? Did the City Council pass that law? I had them repaired and it was expensive.

Answer: Inspection of the CV (constant velocity) boot(s) is not new. It's been a requirement at least since 2005, according to Dennis Kamimura, administrator of the city Motor Vehicle and Licensing Division.

Checking to see whether there is any wear and tear or damage to CV boots is one of the inspection items for the steering and suspension system of a vehicle, he said. The CV boot is a rubber covering on the CV joint, which allows a rotating shaft to transmit power through a variable angle.


Still Mysterious

We still don't know the identity of the person who's behind those red bird/animal tracks a “;Kokua Line”; reader asked about earlier this month (see hsblinks. com/vd).

But a caller who said he was a friend of the person gave us some information about the street artist, who did not respond to our request for an interview.

His friend said the artist goes by the name Beak03 and does “;those little birds around town ... graffiti birds. You can find them randomly all over the place.”;

While he does “;commissioned stuff,”; he also likes to “;mess around”; and do “;random acts”; like the footprints,”; the friend said. “;They're odd, like a European type of thing.”;

We did an online search and found this posting at http://www.flickr.com/people/beak4you. It says: “;I enjoy giving the people of Honolulu, HI (my native land) a little something to look at while walking or driving around. You'll never KNOW when or where these ever changing BIRDS of Be@K-o3's will end up perching and looking back at you, most of the time with some humorous way of reminding you to stay -UNFLAPPABLE- in this World.”;


Write to “;Kokua Line”; at Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; fax 529-4750; or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).