Kokua Line

June Watanabe

HECO finishing
construction in Kaneohe

Question: Could you please check on what is happening with the construction equipment and activity on Luluku Road in Kaneohe, next to the Star-Bulletin facility? This construction has been very disruptive for several weeks. The sidewalk has been blocked; the equipment has interfered with traffic and has compromised lane safety; the road materials have been scattered around the site; the road has been dug up and not repaired properly. What is going on, and when will the project end?

Answer: Hawaiian Electric Co. has completed the construction part of its project on Luluku Road, which involved providing a backup source of power for the Star-Bulletin/MidWeek facility and Windward Shopping Center, according to HECO spokesman Jose Dizon.

HECO apologizes "to all our neighbors who were inconvenienced by the construction," he said.

The project is meant "to improve reliability" by automatically transferring power to a backup source when the primary source of power is lost. Previously, Dizon said HECO had to send a troubleshooter to the area whenever power was lost.

HECO hired contractors to install ductwork, build a retaining wall and install a concrete pad. Dizon said the company had obtained the required permits, and police were on the scene during construction for traffic control.

HECO crews now are working to finish the project -- pulling cables through the ductwork and making the final connections, he said. Police also will be in the area for traffic control during this phase, Dizon said.

The work is expected to be finished by March 19.

Q: How do I find the tax map key number to a property, and how long is the eviction period in this state?

A: You can check with the city Department of Planning & Permitting to find out about tax map key numbers, or check the department's Web site,

For landlord-tenant questions, call the state Office of Consumer Protection's landlord-tenant hot line, 586-2634 (8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday), or check the Web site

For month-to-month tenancies, the landlord must give the tenant written notice at least 45 days before the anticipated termination of a rental agreement.

However, the state says a 120-day written notice is required if the landlord "contemplates" voluntary demolition of the dwelling units, conversion to a condominium or conversion to a transient vacation rental.

On the flip side, a tenant on a month-to-month agreement wishing to leave must give the landlord no less than a 28-day written notice.

For week-to-week tenancies, either the landlord or tenant may end the rental agreement "upon giving the other oral or written notice at least 10 days before the anticipated termination date."

Fixed-term rentals -- i.e., for a six-month lease -- are supposed to have a termination date stated in the lease agreement. In that case, termination is automatic, and there is no requirement that any notice be given.


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