Questions from Hawaii Reporter Readers – July 31, 2003-The Answers As Best As We Can Give Them

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”Q. What items can be taken from Hawaii, such as food, flowers, plants and seeds?”

According to the state Department of Agriculture, Hawaii does not regulate items going out of the state.


However the United States Department of Agriculture does have some restrictions because of concerns with spreading such pests as fruit flies to other areas.

The restrictions depend upon where you are traveling to, meaning to a domestic or foreign location.

For more information on the specific restrictions, see the USDA Web site at or call the office at 861-8490.

”Q. I am looking for the names of the local Honolulu newspapers that were in circulation during the years of 1954-1956. Any information you can provide is appreciated.”

According to the Hawaii State Library periodical director, there were several Honolulu-based publications in existence between 1954 to 1956. The publications are listed below along with the dates they were published and whether they were published in another language beside English.

*The Honolulu Advertiser, 1921 to present (Pacific Commercial Advertiser was the forerunner to The Honolulu Advertiser)
*Honolulu Star-Bulletin 1912 to present
*Hawaii Catholic Herald 1947 to 1974, 1975 to present
*Hawaii Chinese Journal 1937 to 1957
*Hawaii Hochi 1913 to 1942, 1952 to present (Japanese and English)
*Hawaii Labor News 1956 to 1957
*Hawaii Manichi Shinbun 1952 to 1965 (Japanese)
*Hawaii News Service, 1952 only
*Hawaii Star, 1947 to 1952 (English and Japanese)
*Hawaii Times, 1906 to 1985
*Hawaii Phil-America, 1951 to 1955
*Honolulu Record, 1948 to 1958
*Kokohead Tribune, 1923 to 1959
*Korea Pacific Weekly, 1938 to 1941, 1945, 1948 to 1970 (Korean, English)
*Korean National Herald, 1946 to 1962 (Korean)
*Ka Leo o Hawaii (University of Hawaii), 1922 to 1991, 1995 to present
*The New China Daily Press, 1941 to 1971
*The News of Our Town, 1954 to 1957
*The Rural Reporter, 1954 to 1955
*The Voice of East Oahu, 1920 to 1958
*Windward Living, 1953 to 1955
*Windward Reporter/Windward Oahu Reporter, 1951 to 1960
*Yoen Jiho 1921 to 1947, 1954 to 1970 (Japanese)

”Q. I would like to know if it is legal to sell raffle tickets in Hawaii for our scholarship fund and grant award. We are a duly registered California Association and all donations are tax deductible. Some of our members are from Hawaii. Please let me know if we could sell these raffle tickets in Hawaii.”

First, gambling of any sort is illegal in Hawaii.

That said, there are non-profits and businesses that coordinate raffles to raise money for a good cause.

The difference between illegal gambling and a legal raffle according to Hawaii law, is whether the participant has anything to lose of value.

Essentially that means if those organizations holding a raffle mandate participants pay a fee to participate or buy a ticket without saying “no purchase necessary,” those entering the contest are forced to pay to participate and would lose something of value if they are not selected.

But should participants be told there is “no purchase necessary,” then they would not be mandated to lose something of value in order to participate — they would choose to.

Case in point: McDonald’s Restaurant offers give-a-ways but does not mandate a purchase to be eligible to win.

The state attorney general could not comment on any given raffle before it is held, saying circumstances presented verses what actually occurs may be different in the end.

But the attorney general recommends reading the fine print in Hawaii’s Revised Statutes from HRS 712-1220 to 712- 1231 beginning here:

And contacting a private attorney with any specific questions.

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