Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, May 1, 1999

Condo issues can
attract state interest

Question: I believe our condo is mismanaged by the board of directors. I've complained to the board and the managing agent, but they all ignore me. Is there a state agency to whom I can make a complaint?

Answer: Call the state Real Estate Commission, 586-2644, and speak to a condominium specialist.

However, Calvin Kimura, the commission's executive officer, said the legislative intent regarding the management of condominium associations is "self governance, with very little government intervention. They make their own decisions. The apartment owners enforce. There is mandatory arbitration for disputes."

However, the state Regulatory Industries Complaints Office might get involved in certain issues, such as when an association rejects an owner's request to review association records.

Kimura suggested talking to a specialist on his staff "to see what the particular problem is. Sometimes, we are able to intervene because it's more someone not understanding what the law is."

Q: Are there videos available of the Senior Gym program on Channel 5? It's an exercise program for senior citizens. Many of us are interested in getting a video and we've tried calling different numbers, but no one returns our calls.

A: Call 543-8490, ext. 320. The cost is $12.75, or for mail orders, $14.75 plus $2 for shipping and handling.

The half-hour show, produced by Child and Family Service's Gerontology Program, has aired since January at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday on KFVE. It features Rose Myers, well known for her senior exercise classes, said Beverly Csordas, director of the Gerontology Program.

The show was made possible with a grant from the HMSA Foundation. However, the present series will end in June, and "we are trying to get more sponsors," Csordas said.

Call her at 543-8468.


To one of the male lifeguards at Hickam Air Force beach on April 11. I asked him to retrieve my son's turtle design float floating away into deeper water. Because I cannot swim, I was not able to get it. He said it would float to the pier, but it was lost. My son is heartbroken. -- Sad Mother

(Because of "gale force winds" at the harbor that weekend, the lifeguard decided he could not retrieve the float, Hickam Staff Sgt. Mark Diamond said. "In his judgment, the choppy waters would not have allowed him to reach the toy before it washed out to sea."

(Toys often wash up on the pier, so his suggestion that the pier would stop the float did have merit, Diamond said.

("We regret the child lost his turtle floater," he said. "However, the lifeguards are expected to weigh the advisability of situations on the spot and make a call. If the lifeguard felt he could have safely succeeded, he would have been glad to retrieve the float.")


To Chet Okayama and the executives and staff members of the Casey Family Program, for giving the love, help, advice and concern my daughter needed over the past years. The financial support you provided allowed her to enjoy school and many special events. Her trips to the other islands and mainland camps helped her to share and learn about other people's lifestyles. Through thick and thin, you stuck by her. Janelle respects you all and thanks you for everything. So do I. -- Rose Bigelow

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