Yet lobbyists, including some from the Mainland, are planning to testify before the council's public safety committee on Thursday to push through a complete ban of fireworks in the name of health and safety.
As it is now, the state bans non-professionals from setting off aerials and homemade explosive devices, with each county able to impose even stricter rules. (You wouldn't think so if you drove through my neighborhood of Kalihi Valley on New Year's Eve.)
This discussion happens on the day of the deadline to get firework permits — $25 and good for 5,000 individual firecrackers — for Fourth of July celebrations. What timing.
Haven't we heard this before — the city, worried about the harm fireworks can cause, wants to impose an all-out ban despite the vast majority of residents at least somewhat against it?
We already have regulations that aren't being enforced. (I know. I used to live across the street from a home in Hawai'i Kai that set off the kind of aerials you'd see at Fourth of July shows at Ala Moana Center.) And firework injuries aren't comparable to other mundane activities like driving to work or playing football on the weekends.
So what's the big deal?
Yes, fireworks are dangerous. Yes, they can cause physical harm and structural damage. But is an all-out ban the solution?
No, I didn't stand in line from 5 a.m. for the new iPhone — and I was too late to pre-order one.
But I wanted to.
Until I heard initial reviews — more like complaints — about Apple's latest smart phone.
Despite the early allure — namely, the super-fast A4 CPU, front-facing camera and high-resolution retina display — I couldn't get over the fact that the phone couldn't function as, well, a phone.
According to news reports, people complained about a yellow screen discoloration or white spots and, the worst one, reduced call reception when holding the phone a certain way — being, the way you would normally hold a cell phone.
Apple sold an estimated 1.5 million iPhone 4s on launch day. Four days later, that number might be north of two million at this point. Apple has an obligation to address the issue and resolve the problem rather than trying to convince two million customers that the problem is their fault.
One of dozens of YouTube videos showing the loss in reception.
Apple's response? CEO Steve Jobs said, "Just avoid holding it in that way."
Meaning, don't grip the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, which is where the antennae is located.
Not the smartest of designs, especially considering the iPhone should function, first and foremost, as a phone.
A student of mine nabbed one of the 1.5 million new iPhones sold last Thursday. And he showed me what happens when he just holds the phone is his hand: the bars indicated reception dropped from four to one. Just like that.
As most of you know, I'm a big Apple fan. I have everything from a MacBook to an iPod Shuffle. But this new iPhone has got me wondering if it's worth it. Sure, I can take clearer photos and I could take high-definition video of myself with the front-facing camera. But I'd like to actually use my phone to call people.
I'm on the fence.
Anyone with me? Or can someone convince me otherwise?
I was walking the dogs the other day and wandered into the work-in-progress 'Aina Haina Shopping Center.
It was sad to see some of my favorite places — Komokata Japanese Restaurant, Korean Hibiscus BBQ — are gone. But I was pleasantly surprised to see some — Uncle Clay's Doe Fang, Jack's Family Restaurant, Wet Feet Hawaii — still there.
While parents may hate the idea of their child quitting — or being labeled a quitter with all of those negative connotation — studies show that sometimes kids should quit something, especially when it's detrimental to their overall well-being.
I'm not afraid of quitting. Sometimes I get in over my head with work or commitment — and despite the ragging I may get from my friends, I'll throw my hands up and walk away. But only if I can't take it anymore.