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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, December 16, 2000

Old cemetery ready
to be beautified

Question: Who is responsible for the upkeep of that cemetery in Waialae Kahala that stretches between Keanu Street and Waialae Avenue? It borders Kiionioni Street and is parallel to Hunakai.

Answer: Ocean View Cemetery is owned by the family of former U.S. Sen. Hiram Fong, who says there is a caretaker who lives in a house at the site.

"We have engaged a landscape architect to draw up plans to beautify" the cemetery, although the plans have not yet been realized, he said.

Fong, who took over ownership of the cemetery in 1935, says, it "is very old."

It once was a rock pile where the city buried indigents, Fong said, but burials were stopped years ago.

If you have any concerns about the cemetery, call Fong at 548-4981.

As an aside, we were able to find some information about the cemetery from Nannette Napoleon Purnell, founder of the Cemetery Research Project. Purnell has compiled a directory of graveyards on Oahu, Maui and Molokai. We viewed copies at the Hawaiian Historical Society Library at 560 Kawaiahao St.

Q: Why are some women allowed to sell their vegetables in front of Longs downtown? It's an everyday occurrence and taking up space to sit. If this is allowed, am I able to sell my baked goods? I can use some cash.

A: Sidewalk vending is not allowed, but when a city inspector went to check recently, no one was selling vegetables or anything else on the sidewalk.

Next time you see this happening, you're advised to call police.

Q: This is a very strange question. I drive all over the place -- Honolulu, East Oahu, Windward side -- and I've been seeing a lot of T-shirts on the road that you think might be a dead animal. You swerve around it, then discover it's only a towel or shirt. It's really, really weird. I've been seeing a lot of this in the past couple of months. Is this a new kind of prank? Are kids doing this? It's usually a white or gray T-shirt.

A: Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu checked with the downtown, East Honolulu and Windward Oahu districts and said police were not aware of an unusual number of towels or T-shirts causing a hazard on roads.

Neither are they aware of any deliberate prank involving such items, she said.

Q: I attended the wonderful Christmas show at the Hawaii Theatre -- "A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors." I'd like to write Jim Nabors and Emma Veary. Do you have their addresses?

A: You can send both letters care of Naborly Productions, P.O. Box 10364, Honolulu 96816.

Lost in Paradise

I have just returned from a visit to your beautiful islands and would like to comment on the warmth and help that I have experienced. The drivers of TheBus are the best I have ever encountered anywhere in the world. My only regret was losing a bag of purchases between the Ala Moana Center bus stop and Waikiki. My only wish is that whoever found it would return at least a special R&L T-shirt and autographed photo. I am a volunteer dance teacher here in Canada and the other items were Hawaiian dance CDs, which we urgently need. Mahalo for all the wonderful memories and mahalo in advance for anything else. -- Marjie Wallace

(Wallace's address is 1852 Appin Road, North Vancouver, B.C., V7J 2T5, Canada; telephone number is (604) 986-5185.)

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