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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Golfers weren’t
city workers

Question: Regarding reservations at municipal golf courses: Why can only Parks and Recreation employees reserve tee times and pay regular green fees while other club members have to pay club fees? This happened on Thursday, Jan. 11, when Parks and Recreation had reservations at 8:30 a.m. at West Loch Golf Course.

Answer: You're fingering innocent city parks employees.

The golfers you saw were part of a Department of Parks and Recreation senior citizen's program, said Dave Mills, the city's golf course systems administrator.

"We don't classify them as a club," he said, because they're part of a city recreation program.

Participants in that program go on field trips, such as to the zoo or botanical gardens.

"Once a quarter, they come to the golf course" (usually Makalena or West Loch courses), Mills said. "During that period, we give them a block of starting times. Mostly, they don't use them."

Otherwise, they're treated like everyone else and have to pay regular fees, he said.

Mills further explained that clubs play regularly at the Pali, Makalena and Ewa Villages courses and must make reservations a year in advance.

As for "club fees," Mills said, "There is no club fee."

"If you're playing in a club and are a senior, you pay the (lower) senior fee," and you can't use a monthly discount card. But that's the only difference, Mills said.

Q: Last year, Kokua Line published the state and federal holidays for the year. Can you do this again for 2001?

A: State holidays are set by law, although some public schools may have their own holidays, according to the state Department of Human Resources Development. The counties generally follow the 13 state holidays, which are set as follows:

New Year's Day, first day in January; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, third Monday in January; Presidents Day, third Monday in February; Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day, 26th day in March; Good Friday, Friday preceding Easter Sunday; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; King Kamehameha I Day, 11th day in June; Independence Day, 4th day in July; Admission Day, third Friday in August; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Veterans Day, 11th day in November; Thanksgiving, fourth Thursday in November; Christmas, 25th day in December.

The actual observances for the rest of this year: Monday, Feb. 19, Presidents Day; Monday, March 26, Kuhio Day; Friday, April 13, Good Friday; Monday, May 28, Memorial Day; Monday, June 11, Kamehameha Day; Wednesday, July 4, Independence Day; Friday, Aug. 17, Admission Day; Monday, Sept. 3, Labor Day; Monday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day; Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving; Tuesday, Dec. 25, Christmas.

The federal government has 10 holidays set by law. It also observes New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, but NOT Kuhio Day, Good Friday, Kamehameha Day or Admission Day.

However, federal workers do observe Washington's Birthday (which coincides with Presidents Day) and Columbus Day, which is Monday, Oct. 8, this year.


My husband found a bunch of keys near Kalani High School Jan. 15. Call 926-5989. -- Betty


To the kind Hawaiian male who turned in my Visa card to the cashier at the Ward-Beretania gas pumps on Dec. 16. You exemplify the aloha spirit. -- J. Hong

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