Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Hunakai Park
is privately owned
but open to public

Question: There is a huge park on Hunakai and Ulumaika streets in the Kahala area used by many soccer and baseball teams. It is marked as a private park in Bryan's Sectional Maps of Oahu. Is it possible to have a portable toilet put there by the city or whoever?

Answer: Hunakai Park is private, managed by the Hunakai Park Association.

At a recent meeting, the association decided it wanted to keep the park as passive as possible, so there are no plans to install any portable toilets, said Susan Spangler, association secretary and one of the founders of the park.

The only time porta-potties are available is during the Sony Open golf tournament at the Waialae Country Club golf course, when cars also are allowed to park at the park, she said.

The 4.2-acre park has been under the jurisdiction of the Hunakai Park Association since 1991, after Bishop Estate "gave it to us," Spangler said. In return, "we promised to maintain it." The association has a board of directors, made up primarily of people who live around the park.

The park, however, "is open to anybody to use," Spangler said, although ball activities generally are restricted to younger children, up to age 12 or so, because of the relatively small space.

The association relies on donations to help maintain the park. Recently, two more kukui trees were planted, Spangler said.

If you wish to make a donation, send it to the Hunakai Park Association, c/o Susan Spangler, 713 Ulumaika St., Honolulu 96816.

Q: Since last year, we've noticed the picture on our TV screen freezes for 1-2 seconds every day and it has a digital line going across or on some part of the screen. We have regular Oceanic Cable, no digital. It happens on the local channels and the mainland channels. If this has something to do with Ocean's digital channels, please tell them to fix it.

A: You did not leave a number so that we could get more information. As it is, Oceanic spokesman Kit Beret said he has "not a clue" about what could be causing your problem.

"I'd (have to) ask him several other questions," he said.

Beuret said he can't think of how digital service would interfere with your analog service.

"When he says (the screen) freezes, that's very unusual for analog," he said. "I can't understand how a picture could freeze on analog. I can understand it on digital."

At any rate, Beuret said, whenever you have any kind of reception problem, you should call Oceanic at 625-8200. "Repair calls are still free," he said.


To the people in a black Hyundai who threw all their shave ice cups and straws out on the H-1 Freeway, Koko Head-bound, about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. It was really gross. -- Disgusted Motorist


To the staff of Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Kaimuki Branch. On Saturday, March 17, my friend and I were attending an event at 3660 on the Rise when my friend lost a check I had written. To my surprise, someone from the credit union contacted me a few days later to say they had found it. What a nice surprise. -- Stephanie Kendrick

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