Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Wednesday, June 30, 1999

Beware of sausage
ticket scam

Question: I was one of those people who bought Portuguese sausage for $3 from a boy who said he was raising money for the Kalani High School football team. He gave me a ticket and said I could pick up the sausage at the school. He seemed nervous, but I dismissed all the warning signs because I went to Kalani and wanted to help. I didn't look at the ticket until later and saw that it had no pickup date. When I called the school, I was told it was a big scam. Can anything be done?

Answer: File a report with the Honolulu Police Department.

That's the word from HPD and Kalani principal Randi Porras-Tang.

If people are approached by this person, they should call 911 immediately, said HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu. It would help to have a description of the seller and a copy of the ticket, she said.

Porras-Tang said she can't file a complaint herself because she has not personally been victimized.

She asked people to check with the school first before purchasing anything (call 373-2191). As it is, she figures the perpetrator has made at least $500 selling tickets for chicken, sweetbread and Portuguese sausage in the Kaimuki, Waikiki and downtown areas.

Q: Why are there no public phones at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park? On the entire grounds, there are no pay phones. The staff does not allow us to use the phone in the store, nor at the front. Also, why is handicap parking for the park located so far away from the entrance to the park? It's at the outer edge of the parking lot, unlike other facilities, where it is closer to the entrance.

A: General manager Steve Rogers said last week there now are two public phones in the center of the park, by the Windjammer restaurant. "Slowly, but surely, we're planning on having nine."

He also said "that's not true," when told you were refused use of a phone.

"If anybody asked to use the phone, we let them, but a lot of times, they don't ask," Rogers said.

When asked why the handicap parking stalls are located where they are, he said it was "because of the law. Technically, the law says you cannot cross the traffic."

Also, Rogers said everything "was approved by the city. They are the ones who dictated" where the parking stalls are located.

Sunclub Promotions

The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii says it has updated its report on Sunclub Promotions to a satisfactory record.

In the June 11 Kokua Line, the BBB said the company previously was reported to have an "unsatisfactory record due to unanswered complaints," but that last week, it "provided responses and proof of resolution to the two unanswered complaints in the bureau's file."

Also, the BBB said it has not received any complaints about Sunclub since December 1997.


To the thoughtful lady volunteer who was directing traffic at the Lupus Foundation fund-raiser on May 30. We were driving through the well-organized lines to purchase barbecue chicken at Central Middle School, when she alerted us that our front tire was flat. She saved us a lot of grief with her random act of kindness as we were on a long journey to take flowers to a grave on Memorial Day. The chickens were delicious; it was for a worthy cause and all's well on Earth. -- M.C.

Need help with problems? Call Kokua Line at 525-8686,
fax 525-6711, or write to P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu 96802.
Email to kokualine@starbulletin.com

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