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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Misplaced wills
may be public record

Question: We lost a copy of my father's will. Is there someplace where we can get a copy?

Answer: If the will went through Probate Court, then it would be a matter of public record, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

However, Probate Court is not necessary if a decedent's probatable assets are less than $60,000, said Marsha Kitagawa, spokeswoman for the state judiciary.

Wills that are public record are accessible through the Legal Documents Branch at Circuit Court, 777 Punchbowl St. on Oahu. To look up a will, you will need a case number or decedent's name, Kitagawa said.

Information on probate cases that are open to the public also are available through the Judiciary's Web site at Users can research a case number, party name and document information such as document filing date, time and filing party. The public also can obtain a list of court appearances, including date, time and description of appearance, minutes of the hearing prepared by the court clerk, disposition, if any, and settlement conference report minutes, if any.

Q: Do you still print a listing of what radio programs are available? I can't find any listing in the Star-Bulletin.

A: "Radio Log," a general description of all the radio stations, is published every Monday in the Star-Bulletin's Today section.

However, it's been awhile since all the different radio shows have been listed.

There simply is not enough space, said Features Editor Nadine Kam.

Q: Why are all the parking spaces on Halekauwila Street next to the federal building blocked off with planters? There are at least 20 parking spaces, if not more. Parking is such a problem in that area, I can't imagine why they've done that.

A: After the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, in which 168 people were killed, the security of all federal buildings was scrutinized.

In Honolulu, that scrutiny, among other things, led to the removal of 26 parking spaces on Halekauwila Street in June, 1997. Back then, U.S. Marshal Anne Kent said the idea was to make it more difficult for someone to plant a bomb along the street. Security had been deemed to be weak on the street and sidewalk area, she said.

People constantly were double-parking and driving onto the sidewalk, making judges and other people nervous.


To the driver of a dark-colored SUV who rear-ended my in-law's car, which then rear-ended the car in front of them about 10 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the Ewa-bound lanes of the H-1, between the Vineyard and Pali off-ramps. You didn't even stop to see if both parties were OK or in need of medical attention. Luckily, their injuries were not life-threatening. Instead you fled the scene like an irresponsible coward. I hope witnesses reported you to HPD. -- R. Gima


To the beautiful woman with the pretty green blouse at Liliha Bakery on St. Patrick's Day who bought nine green cupcakes and turned to give me one as I was about the leave the bakery. Your random act of kindness surprised my mother and me and touched our hearts. I hope you, too, had a magical St. Paddy's Day. -- Shelby Baron, age 5

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