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Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Saturday, January 27, 2001

Leaf blower
in park makes an
unsanitary mess

Question: A maintenance man at Kaimuki Community Park, located at Waialae and 10th/11th Avenues, used to use a broom and dustpan to clean up the park, but then acquired a leaf blower. He seems to use the blower every day from around 9 a.m for an hour or more.

The problem is he uses it right in front of children who are playing on the playground equipment. This creates an unsanitary condition because dust gets into their lungs, snacks, drinks, etc. He also blows dust and debris all over the cars parked along Waialae Avenue.

My daughter was eating some cheese at the playground but had to throw most of it away because it got covered with black soot. As I was putting her into her car seat, dust blew into our car as well.

Can his supervisor be contacted? I think he should stop using the leaf blower around the playground and parked cars.

Answer: The situation should have changed by now.

Maintenance supervisors were made aware of your concerns and were to take "immediate action to remedy the problem," according to William Balfour, the city's acting director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The groundskeeper was to be instructed to moisten the areas with "light irrigation" to control the dust problem before using the leaf blower. He also was to be instructed not to use the blower when people are visiting the park, Balfour said.

In the future, you and other park users can call 973-7250, the East Honolulu District I office, for "quicker solutions and responses to concerns," he said.

Q: Do you have the telephone number for a woman who takes in unwanted cats? I think the name of her group is Joy Feline Friends.

A: Anyone out there have any information about this group? If so, please call Kokua Line at 525-8686 and leave a message.

Q: There is a house in Pearl City that has five rental units and cars all over the place. Is this allowed?

A: Call the city Housing Code Section at 527-6308 and an inspector can check. We could not understand the address you gave.


To Jackie Parkinson, who walks along the Ala Wai Canal every morning with a plastic bag and rubber gloves, picking up cans, bottles and all the trash that people throw down. I wish we had someone on every street doing this. She should get some award for this. -- L.M.


As a pedestrian, why does it seem to be the accepted rule that I eternally give way to cyclists hurtling along the same sidewalk? That is, the ones that are coming toward me. Lord knows what would happen if I made a sudden move to the left or right, with yet another coming from the rear, without bells, whistles or verbal warning. At, I might add, alarming speeds. -- John L. Werrill


To an outstanding organization associated with my alma mater, Farrington High School: the Farrington Alumni and Community Foundation. Three years ago, I had a vague idea that an alumni group existed at Farrington, but did not know of the numerous contributions it made. Last year, a friend and fellow graduate suggested I join, which I did. After receiving many newsletters, I realized the scope of its work: the number of projects fulfilled through monetary contributions of its members have helped the whole school. Scholarships are provided, too. The board of directors and its officers deserve a "well done" from all of us. -- Roy E. Shigemura, Class of '53

Need help with problems? Call Kokua Line at 525-8686,
fax 525-6711, or write to P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu 96802.
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