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Extra park security lasts at least through this month

Question: I walk to Sandy Beach early in the morning and to my mind things have improved since they increased security. … Are they going to make that permanent? Read More
Updated on  June 21, 2018 at 10:36 pm

New option for K-12 tuition doesn’t bring HI tax break

Question: With private school tuition due in the next month and the change in the federal tax laws allowing up to $10,000 from a 529 plan to be used for private school tuition, I was unable to find out whether Hawaii was treating the withdrawal as the federal government (no tax) or whether state tax will be assessed on the 10K. Could you find out what the answer is? Read More
Updated on  June 20, 2018 at 10:08 pm

Directory assistance reps not based in United States


• Updated on  June 19, 2018 at 3:11 pm
Question: There’s something different happening with Hawaiian Telcom’s directory assistance. Are the agents based in Hawaii anymore? Read More

Not all city golf courses are mowed 7 days a week


• Updated on  June 18, 2018 at 3:55 pm
Question: I regularly play the Ewa Villages, West Loch and Pali golf courses on Sundays and have noticed that the greens are never cut to make them playable. It looks like there are no greens workers on weekends. Why doesn’t the city improve the playing conditions for the weekends, which are the busiest and most expensive times to play golf? Read More

Medicare and Social Security differ over card lamination


• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Question: We just got our new Medicare cards and wondered if we could laminate them. Our old ones got so damaged from putting them in and out of our wallets; they were a little bigger than normal, so they didn’t fit right in our wallets. Read More
 

Note more than a courtesy after damaging collision

Question: Somebody hit my friend’s car in the parking garage. She said “they didn’t even leave a note,” like it was a nice thing to do, not a requirement. Read More
Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm

$14K from lantern donors goes to beautify event site


• Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm
Question: Who pays for the cost of the lantern festival, including permits, security, workers, equipment, etc.? And where does the donation go to? Read More
 

Parents risk legal trouble for kicking kid out of home

Question: One of my daughter’s friend’s parents are kicking her out of the house as of this summer. The girl is 16, just finishing her sophomore year of high school. She’s talking about moving in with either another friend or her boyfriend. Read More
Updated on  May 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Seek rebate and free disposal for old fridge that still runs


• Updated on  May 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Question: Mahalo for emphasizing that old refrigerators must be secured properly so kids and animals can’t get in there and suffocate. Many appliances I see on the curb aren’t taped up. Read More

Don’t fall for shopper scam when unsolicited check comes


• Updated on  May 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm
Question: In this day and age, it’s hard to tell what is real and what is a scam. I did sign up to be a secret shopper, but what they mailed me seems sketchy. Read More

GET due on rental income even if parent is landlord

Question: Recently I purchased a townhouse and I’m planning to rent it to my son. My accountant told me that I must get a general excise tax license. Read More
Updated on  May 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm

General excise tax applies to charitable fundraising

Question: What federal, state and local taxes are nonprofit organizations exempt from paying? Do nonprofits in Hawaii pay GE tax? Read More
Updated on  May 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm

Reporting crimes by phone a ‘win-win,’ HPD chief says


• Updated on  May 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Question: In the past the Honolulu Police Department took complaints over the phone. Now I understand they changed the policy and have a police officer come to talk to you in person. Can you make a police report over the phone? Read More

Big Island lava-land owners get a tax break, not a buyout


• Updated on  May 18, 2018 at 3:51 pm
Question: What happens to the land when the lava flow covers it? Does the state or county claim title to it? If so, do they compensate the previous owners? What about if land is only partially covered by lava? Read More

Eligibility for Hawaiian school not based on web DNA test

Question: Will Kamehameha Schools accept a DNA test as proof of Hawaiian heritage for admission to its programs? I mean like from Ancestry.com? My mom’s test came back “Polynesian,” but we don’t have all the paperwork. Read More
Updated on  May 15, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Dog in back of pickup truck is reminder of city safety law


• Updated on  May 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm
Question: My girlfriend told me it’s not legal for her dog to ride in the back of my pickup truck. Can that be true? She said it’s dangerous and against the law. I think she just wants to keep the dog on her lap. Is she right? Read More

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