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I want to discuss the New Year's celebration, with the worst illegal fireworks I have ever experienced in my entire life here on Oahu. Full Story
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Boom Boom

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jan 6, 2010
These lawmakers have to pass laws that if caught trafficking or importing ariel or dangerous fireworks the penalty would be $5 million and 20 years in jail. Anyone caught using illegal firworks will also face such severe penalties that they will think twice about it. Going after the distributers are the key to stop this dangerous activities.Inspectors at ports are the key to stopping fireworks and also illegal drugs. Without the supply these people cannot buy them and cause havoc starting at thanksgiving throughout the new years. We have to go to the source to stop this craziness.
Gimme a Break

Kapaa, HI

#2 Jan 6, 2010
It is obvious that the either all the longshoremen are corrupt and along with them, all of the folks who are supposed to be preventing these illegals from entering the state through the ports to begin with. Everyone is taking their little cut of the pie. Or else someone has hijacked an entire cargo ship fom China, managed to dock it and unload it (that longshoremen connection again) and and distribute all that booty in perfect secrecy until some lolo gets it in their hands and lobs it skyward. Somebody (and it just ain't one person) knows a lot more than they are letting on, and it's only a matter of time before they get too greedy and get busted....to get a wink and a nod att a deferred sentence since they were selling the goods to the Judge too.
Pat

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jan 6, 2010
Mr. Ida, how selfish! Fireworks pollute the air and peoples lungs. They are a health and mental violation.They freighten animals and human beings. I resent having to stay inside every year! Legislators please BAN all fireworks from Hawai'i this year forever!
alice

Hanalei, HI

#4 Jan 6, 2010
pat is again spot-on
bad dog

United States

#5 Jan 6, 2010
why doesn't the state/county/city newspaper reporters....list the injuries with photos...that do not expose the identity but the extent of the injuries and property damage.... i don't think folks are aware of the extent of this problem. what's keeping a daily from this?

Since: Nov 09

Keauhou, HI

#6 Jan 6, 2010
Stann W. Reiziss. There is no connection between the permits issued for popping of "legal" fireworks and the explosions you endured which were caused by "illegal" fireworks. There is a difference you know.
That being said, I sure wish that HPD would make a greater effort to curb the illegal stuff. 93 arrests are a drop in the bucket and probably only represent enforcement in the vicinity of the mayors house, the police chiefs house, and people stupid enough to set them off near a police officers house.
coachrandy

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jan 6, 2010
illegal firwork users = terrorists? are you kidding? get a grip of reality. how can you compare what is happening in afghanistan, iraq, and yemen with honolulu? i don't think these illegal users targeted buildings, airlines, and other places where innocent americans gather.
bruddah Minnesota

United States

#8 Jan 6, 2010
I disagree with calling da locals "Terroists" is totally wrong. If you are born and a raised kamaaina in Hawai'i Nei, it's a part of your Ethnic Heritage. I agree on the usage of the use of illegal arial fireworks in the state but what can you do. Also, this annual celebration by all does not bring in the evil spirits for the new year. It would be impossible to have HPD roam all the streets to issue citations to users of illegal fireworks. It's bad enough that the state's in an economic budget crisis and every state operated department eg Teacher's Union is in a deficit at this time.
I guess for those who live in Hawai'i Nei, if you don't like the idea of Celebrating the New Year's as everyone does now, you'll have to just live with it.

Just a BIG AUWE!!!! To you!!!!!

Aloha From Minnesota
elaine

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jan 6, 2010
I think we should legalize aerials and ban everything else. It's the "everything else" that causes more smoke and danger to those with health problems:) Then we'd only have to worry about our homes!
Beckett

Hilo, HI

#10 Jan 6, 2010
"As witnessed a few days ago, there must be a lot of steam on this island. Cap it and we may find ourselves like Los Angeles..."

"Let us play with our fireworks or we'll do bad things." Interesting argument. You might even call it extortion.

Ban them all.
tama2cool2

Mililani, HI

#11 Jan 6, 2010
coachrandy wrote:
illegal firwork users = terrorists? are you kidding? get a grip of reality. how can you compare what is happening in afghanistan, iraq, and yemen with honolulu? i don't think these illegal users targeted buildings, airlines, and other places where innocent americans gather.
Yeah, haven't you seen the terroists using "smokeless" and "paperless" artillery rounds for their IED's? I see them all da time..all bandanna-ed up, usually weed-whacking the roadsides. Frightening all the people. But especially when they take off for New Years just to scare the folks with loud NOISES. Never mind shrapnel and live rounds..all they need are a few "bangs!" and "booms!" to unsettle the populace. Boy..good ting no real war comes here.
Mililani_Bob

Kaneohe, HI

#12 Jan 6, 2010
Pat wrote:
Mr. Ida, how selfish! Fireworks pollute the air and peoples lungs. They are a health and mental violation.They freighten animals and human beings. I resent having to stay inside every year! Legislators please BAN all fireworks from Hawai'i this year forever!
The issue of banning fireworks seems to crop up each year, but it is soon placed on the back burner by most after the holidays. There clearly seems to be many who are willing to spent their money to purchase fireworks, but consideration must also be given to the many who do not, that are either willing observers, tolerant, or both. This puts those wanting a ban in a minority, and until such time this reverses itself, the practice will continue. You have to know, it will take more than a few rants posted around this time of year to get this custom banned. That said, I will go on record as one who doesn't spend money on fireworks, but I am a willing observer. Beyond that, I can take it or leave it.
Harm Ha

AOL

#13 Jan 6, 2010
Gung Hee Fat Choy, Darryl!!!!!!!!
Joe The Vice President

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jan 6, 2010
Pat wrote:
Mr. Ida, how selfish! Fireworks pollute the air and peoples lungs. They are a health and mental violation.They freighten animals and human beings. I resent having to stay inside every year! Legislators please BAN all fireworks from Hawai'i this year forever!
Listen Pat,

You don't seem to appreciate that fireworks, like the NFL, are a useful distraction while BO and I implement our socialist agenda.

I admit that a 2000+ page bill will only make lawyers and bureaucrats happy in the long run, but we really need to show we accomplished something, besides a 10% unemployment rate, for the State of the Union Speech.

Bread and Circuses Pat, Bread and Circuses!

Hope, Change, Distract.....xoxo Joe "Pluggsy" O'Biden.

Since: Jul 09

Ewa Beach, HI

#15 Jan 6, 2010
I don't have a problem with fireworks on New Year's Eve - but I do have a problem with the fireworks for the weeks leading UP TO New Year's Eve. You expect to hear the noise one night - but not for weeks in advance. Also, what is the point in the obnoxious BOOM that sounds like a cannon being fired? You're not scaring off evil spirits- you're scaring off innocent children and pets! At any moment I expected a home in my neighborhood to explode. As usual people have taken a good thing and ran it into the ground. I suggest in the future they don't even begin to sell fireworks until after Christmas Day and put a hefty fine on anyone caught setting them off before 9:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and after 1:00 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Manapua Belly

AOL

#16 Jan 6, 2010
Get a life Stann, Stann with 2 n's!!!!!!!! Take your boyfriend to Afghanistan or Iraq for some fun!!!!!!!!
Mike

United States

#17 Jan 6, 2010
Don't ban fireworks. Just tax them at a very high rate plus a firefighters fee.
Youre Selfish

United States

#18 Jan 6, 2010
Pay, you are the selfish one. There is a minority of poeople that don't like fireworks that are calling for an outright ban. The rest of us, the majority, like them and want to keep them. Our legislators are among them. You don't believe this? Just look around at the proliferation of fireworks. They are everywhere. That shows a majority. So you are the selfish one for wanting to deny this enjoyment to the majority of us. The pollution you mention lasts a few hours, one or two nights a year. Try a little tolerance for those that believe other than the way you do. You don't have to stay inside very year. You can go to a mall, go to a movie, go to a restaurant, etc. You CHOOSE to huddle inside. Don't blame the rest of us.
Pat wrote:
Mr. Ida, how selfish! Fireworks pollute the air and peoples lungs. They are a health and mental violation.They freighten animals and human beings. I resent having to stay inside every year! Legislators please BAN all fireworks from Hawai'i this year forever!
patricia

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jan 6, 2010
This is great, just like I wrote in the past day or so in this paper. Why is it only the hilton hawaiian village hotel can blow up fireworks 52 times a year? We all know the answer.
Joe The Vice President

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jan 6, 2010
Regarding the "Retirement" of Chris Dodd;

Apparently the corruption has finally caught up to my good friend Chris Dodd.

Along with Barney Frank, Dodd might be the man most responsible for the Mortgage Bubble Crisis.

When a big tax & spend Progressive can't even get re-elected in the bluest of blue states, it's time to hang it up.

He may have been corrupt, lying politician, but he was a good friend.

We will miss you Doddy.

We'll always have Paris.....xoxo Joe "Pluggsy" O'Biden

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