Posted on: Saturday, February 10, 2001
Olomana considers fireworks experiment
Residents of the Olomana subdivision have had it "up to here" with fireworks, and are thinking about taking matters into their own hands.
Its just too early to say where their initiative might lead. Its not even clear that a majority of Olomana residents favors a ban on fireworks.
But several residents have begun to talk about going where the state and counties have feared to tread instituting a neighborhood-wide ban on fireworks.
It may be the first time in Hawaii that homeowners outside of private communities have tried to ban fireworks.
Would it involve hiring police or security guards or acting themselves as vigilantes to enforce their ban?
Its too soon to say.
In fact, a neighborhood probably doesnt have the power to impose a ban that would have the force of law.
But that doesnt stop law enforcement officers from saying they support whatever Olomana is up to.
Assistant Police Chief Boisse Correa, who once pubicly said his department is unwilling to enforce fireworks laws because theyre unpopular, said hed back Olomanas move to community consensus. "Its better than any law we could pass through the Legislature," he said.
Mary Moore, president of the community association, thinks the ban would have to be voluntary, because, after all, some fireworks are legal.
Were not sure what Olomana will come up with on the fireworks issue, but were watching closely.
Its pretty clear by now that we need viable answers.
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