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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Friday, November 17, 2000

HPD Annex to be
made into park

Question: What is happening on the site of the old police station property between King and Young streets?

Answer: Work on the planned Pawaa Park started Sept. 5 on the site of the old Honolulu Police Department Annex.

The approximate two-acre park should be finished in July, according to Clifford Morikawa, assistant chief of facilities engineering and design in the city Department of Design and Construction.

Included in the $710,000 project: demolishing three buildings, constructing a walkway from Young to King streets; erecting benches, picnic tables, a drinking fountain and trash receptacles; and putting in landscaping and irrigation.

The contractor, Kaikor Construction Co., also has to remove all hazardous material, Morikawa said.

The project was initiated by area Councilman Andy Mirikitani, who noted the park will be in one of Honolulu's most densely populated districts and home to the largest number of senior citizen high-rise housing projects on Oahu.

Q: Is it against the law to eat dogs in Hawaii? I just heard that my sister's neighbors ate their dog(s). We were wondering why we often see new dogs on their premises and always wonder what happened to the others. We were very disturbed to hear about this.

A: Despite dog supposedly being man's best friend, there's no law saying you can't kill your best friend for food if it's a dog.

"There are no laws that would ban anyone from slaughtering any animal for their own consumption," said Eve Holt, spokeswoman for the Hawaiian Humane Society.

However, you cannot slaughter an animal on your property to sell to someone else and "the slaughter has to be humane," Holt said. "If anybody thinks the slaughter is not taking place in a humane fashion, they should contact us immediately and we will investigate."

The Humane Society's number is 946-2187.

Asked about people possibly getting animals from the society NOT as pets, Holt said, "We absolutely do not adopt out animals that might be used for food. No way.

"We only adopt out animals as companion animals."

She said the Humane Society staff is experienced and "the interview process is sufficient so that we are very confident that none of the animals from the humane society ever end up in that situation."

Q: I was not able to watch the Miss America Pageant on TV. Channel 4 said it will not be rebroadcasting it. I've been trying to find someone who taped it and would let me borrow the tape or I will pay to have a copy of a tape made. I really would like to see how Angela did during the entire pageant. Can someone help me?

A: If anyone has a tape of that Oct. 14 broadcast, in which Miss Hawaii Angela Perez Baraquio was crowned Miss America, call Joyce at 599-4441.


The nonsense about the governor's front license plate showing only when he is in his SUV (Kokua Line, Nov. 4) reminds me of similar idiocy when I was in the Army during WWII. The jeep assigned to generals had a front plate showing the number of stars the general carried on his uniform, but the plate was covered if the general was not in the vehicle. Otherwise, if the plate was uncovered, we enlisted people were required to salute as the jeep passed by. Does the governor expect the citizens of Hawaii to salute his SUV when he is in it? - Carl Brandauer

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