Saturday, May 26, 2001

Resumption of mail
delivery relieves Pearl City
apartment dwellers

Postal service was cut off after a
dispute between a resident and
the mail carrier

By Rosemarie Bernardo

Mail delivery for Lehua Nani residents in Pearl City resumed yesterday after an argument between a resident and the mail carrier cut off service nearly three weeks ago.

Pearl City Postmaster Glen Ono said it was decided Wednesday to resume delivery because the resident was no longer a threat to postal carriers. "Our concern was the safety of the carrier," said Ono.

On May 4 an argument occurred between resident Charles Hall and a mailman from the Pearl City Post Office. Hall said he and other Lehua Nani residents were concerned about receiving other people's mail and about mail being crammed into their mailboxes.

After the dispute, mail delivery for Lehua Nani stopped for 17 days. Residents of the 49-apartment structure were forced to pick up their mail at the Pearl City Post Office.

The Lehua Nani Association filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court on May 15 to force the apartment owners to evict Hall because of an alleged violation of condominium bylaws and rules.

According to the suit, Hall threatened a postman in a "loud, violent and abusive manner."

Hall has said no threats were made against the mailman.

The association requested Hall to leave the building after the dispute.

Hall said yesterday that since May 8 he has not stayed in the apartment he shares with one of the apartment owners.

He said he has moved most of his belongings to his parents' home in Papakolea.

Residents, meanwhile, were relieved that mail delivery had resumed.

"It was inconvenient going back and forth from the apartment to the Pearl City Post Office." said Tanner Rainey. "Now I can focus on other things."

During the mail stoppage, resident George Engelman said he spent at least half an hour standing in line and waiting for the postal carrier to locate his mail.

"It's been a hassle," he said.

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