Kokua Line

June Watanabe

Wahiawa stores likely
to carry ‘yellow ribbons’

Question: We wanted to purchase the magnetic yellow ribbons that we see on cars. We've called the military bases and they have groups selling them, but they don't know where. Can you find out for us? We'd like to help out and let them know that civilians also would like to show support.

Answer: Those yellow ribbons seem to be sprouting on cars all over the island.

Although they are being sold on military bases, and civilians are allowed to go on the bases, your best bet, according to an Army spokeswoman, is to check for sources on the Internet or with stores in the Wahiawa area.

At Schofield Barracks, for example, the car magnets are being sold by spouses of soldiers outside base stores, mostly as fund-raisers for family readiness groups, she said.

But the sales are geared more to the military community, she said, and she advised that it would probably be easier for civilians to look to outside sources.

In Wahiawa, we checked with the Camouflage Shop at 38 Wilikina Drive, which brought in a shipment of those magnets just last week.

Eight-inch-high ones sell for $3.98 each and bear thoughts such as "Pray for our Troops, "Support Our Troops," "Keep My Soldier Safe," "Keep Daddy Safe," and "Keep Mommy Safe," a store spokesman said.

We also did an online search for sources and found many that are selling those patriotic car magnets.

One is -- click on "Military Wives Store." Eight-inch-high magnets sell for $5.25 each, which includes shipping. That Web site offers a variety of ribbon sayings and colors.

Q: A narrow Kaneohe street, Keana Road, has no curbs or sidewalks. Months ago, a white line was painted on the asphalt in front of a few homes. This seems to have had the effect of extending the homeowners' properties onto the street because now the homeowners park their cars partly on the street up to the line. Why was this done? Did the homeowners request this? Also, one of the homes has a brick wall built almost to the street. What is the law regarding how far walls and fences must be set back from the street?

A: The city Department of Facility Maintenance was restriping the pavement markings in the area and restriped an existing, but faded, edge-of-pavement line.

That line was put in more than 10 years ago, according to Vicki Borges, executive assistant to Mayor Jeremy Harris.

The line "serves as a visual reference to guide motorists, especially during adverse weather conditions, and does not, in any way, modify the location of the adjacent property lines," she said.

In regards to the brick wall, the city Department of Planning and Permitting informed Borges that a similar complaint was received in September 2001. At that time, it was determined that the brick wall was part of the private property line adjacent to Keana Road.

"The property owner can build a wall up to their property line, as long as it does not impede the sight of traffic, such as around the corner of a property," Borges said.


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