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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Tuesday, January 18, 2000

Pro Bowl fan concerned
about parking

Question: Auwe. Will Aloha Stadium monitor people saving parking stalls at the Pro Bowl game this year, like they do for UH football? It is very discouraging to go there and find everyone saving spaces.

Answer: Police and parking attendants "will continue to enforce all parking policies and procedures as in the past," a spokesman for Aloha Stadium said.

That means parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis and reserving or saving stalls is prohibited.

But before we go into detail about parking restrictions, be warned that there will be 500 fewer parking spaces -- 7,500 vs. 8,000 -- at the Pro Bowl game on Sunday, Feb. 6.

That's because "The NFL Experience," where fans can meet and chat with football players, will be held in the Aloha Stadium parking lot Feb. 3-6. The event previously was held at the Blaisdell Center.

To make up for the loss in parking, a stadium spokesman said that the military has given permission for Ford Island to be used to handle overflow parking on Pro Bowl day, a stadium official said.

That's a lot closer than the previously used alternative parking sites of Kam Drive-In and Leeward Community College. So far, the permission is for the Pro Bowl game only.

Once the stadium lot fills up, cars will be directed to Ford Island. The stadium will provide shuttle service for people parking at that site, the official said.

Still, fans attending the game are advised "to plan accordingly on game day."

Meanwhile, take note of these other parking lot restrictions at Aloha Stadium:

Bullet Cars, tables, chairs, barbecue grills and tents must be confined to one stall. Groups may park next to one another and share a tent or equipment. However, there should not be empty stalls between vehicles and tailgaters should not expect to occupy empty stalls near their party.

Bullet The grass areas between stalls may be used for tailgating.

Bullet Pegging of tents in the lot is prohibited. Violators face fines of up to $500.

Bullet Dumping of hot coals in the lot or trash receptacles is prohibited.

Bullet Playing with balls, Frisbees or any flying object; riding bikes; skateboarding; and in-line skating are prohibited.


To the bicyclist on Kalanianaole Highway one busy Saturday morning. You refused to use the bike lane and rode in the lane intended for cars. When I tapped my horn lightly to let you know you were in danger and in the incorrect lane, you nastily threw me an obscene hand gesture. Honolulu residents went to considerable expense and inconvenience to widen that highway and make a specific bike lane. That's the lane you get to use. Grow up and live with it. You give all bike riders a bad name. -- No name


To the gentleman who came to my aid Friday evening, Dec. 10. I had just exited the Punahou off-ramp by Kapiolani Medical Center when my station wagon stalled, blocking three lanes of traffic on Punahou Street. It was dark and rainy and I felt panicked and helpless. The man came running in the rain, asked me what was wrong and then pushed my car across the street onto Bingham, where I parked safely out of harm's way. Once he knew I was able to get help, he ran back to his truck and left before I could get his name. I cannot thank him enough for his quick thinking, risk-taking, skill and kind heart. -- No name

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