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Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist.
Kokua Line: Is Hobron Lane traffic flow changing?

Question: Is the state Department of Transportation going to allow “right turn on red” again at Hobron Lane and Ala Moana Boulevard? Traffic is a mess there, especially during morning rush hour. Changes they made a few months ago jam cars up. I saw road workers out again now, which I hope means they are relenting. Read more

                                This illustration from the Hawaii Driver’s Manual shows how to enter the freeway.
Kokua Line: Who rules in freeway merge?

Question: You should check but I’m pretty sure the guy complaining about traffic merging onto the freeway had it wrong on both counts. Read more

Column: He he‘e nalu ‘oe?

Synopsis: Surfing is a favorite pastime of those who take part in it. A competition is currently taking place on Instagram that celebrates a tradition of composing a chant or song that honors the relationship between the surfer and surfboard. Read more

Kokua Line: When is the next passport fair?

Question: How can we find out about special events to get a passport if we don’t happen to see a flyer? I mentioned to a friend that I was trying to make an appointment at the main library to get my passport, and he said there was a walk-in event, which is over now. He knew about it because he uses that library a lot. Read more

                                At Blaisdell Park in Aiea.
Kokua Line: Why couldn’t I get a picnic permit?

Question: Neal S. Blaisdell Park overlooking Pearl Harbor is a heavily used park popular with families who get permits to meet up there for large picnics and get-togethers with extended family and friends. In February we wanted to get a permit for early March, but we couldn’t get one, supposedly because there would be no parking due to repaving, which we don’t see happening. What’s going on? Read more

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