Editor’s Scratchpad

Friday, November 16, 2001

Living in Rodney Dangerville

SHORTLY after moving to Makakilo nearly 20 years ago, I was notified by the post office that there is no such place. I lived not in Makakilo, I was told, but in Ewa Beach, a 20-minute drive away. I defiantly wrote Makakilo on envelopes, as stubborn residents of my hillside community have done for decades.

Then several years ago the post office notified me that I no longer lived in Ewa Beach; I had moved to Kapolei. I continued to write Makakilo on my envelopes until Big Brother, in various disguises such as magazine services and financial institutions, applied pressure. Tired of fighting, I conceded that I lived in Kapolei.

No you don't, says the city Reapportionment Commission, placing my town in a City Council district with Waipahu and Mililani -- not Kapolei. "Makakilo, for all intents and purposes, is a separate neighborhood," says commission Chairman Kerry Komatsubara.

Now he tells me.

Lee Catterall

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