This happened some time ago, but it still bothers me. I was invited to a party at Hee Hing restaurant and tried to park in its lot. The lot was full. People had been hired for valet parking, but I refused because I would have to tip them and felt that was not necessary because parking was available across the street at the public library. When I proceeded to park there, I was told that it was reserved for the restaurant and told to remove my automobile. How can they reserve that area when it belongs to the state? I pay taxes and don't think that was right.
Library parking for rent
when facilities closed
The parking lot involved is for the state Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, which is adjacent to the Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library.
The Hawaii State Public Library System's administrative rules allow libraries to rent meeting rooms or designated library areas, including parking lots, to for-profit organizations, said spokesman Paul H. Mark.
"Since parking is at a premium in Waikiki for restaurants," a rental agreement was made a few years ago between the Hawaii State Library Foundation and Plaza Valet Service Inc., located at Hee Hing Plaza, for exclusive use of the lot when the library is closed, he said.
"All other vehicles parked at the facility when it is closed are subject to being towed away," Mark warned.
The independent, nonprofit foundation is "dedicated to the promotion of reading, literacy and life-long learning through the support of the Hawaii State Public Library System," Mark said.
The rental fee is $750 a month. The money collected is designated for the Waikiki-Kapahulu library, even though that library's lot is not part of the deal, as well as other public libraries, Mark said.
What are the laws, if any, regarding people sticking flyers under the windshield wipers of vehicles parked at shopping malls or at the beach?
On private property, such as shopping malls, you're supposed to get permission from the property owner before placing any flyer, said Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Jean Motoyama.
However, for cars parked on public streets or public areas such as parks, "nothing really covers that," she said.
What is the law regarding roosters in residential areas, specifically Papakolea? This is a sensitive subject, but we were wondering if there is any regulation about how many roosters you can keep.
The animal nuisance law, which is monitored by the Hawaiian Humane Society, specifies a two-chicken limit in a residential area. Call the HHS at 946-2187, extension 280.
To the valet service in the middle of Ala Moana Center by the Waterford Wedgewood store. They really helped when I spent 15 minutes looking for parking. Their friendly spirits made the holiday season. Right on, boys! -- After-Christmas shopper
To the inconsiderate Grinches who nearly ruined a wonderful Christmas afternoon by bringing an infant and toddler to the 2:30 p.m. showing of "Shakespeare in Love" at the Cinerama. We did not expect children at an R-rated film, where there's the necessity to be quiet! -- Robert Bornheimer
To the Kaimuki Ace Hardware gentleman who called and traced my lost wallet and to the wonderful person who found it and turned it in to the store. Your concern has made this senior citizen one happy person. -- E.M.
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