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    Lia, a 12-year-old miniature donkey who was buried in rubble during the tsunami at Kealakekua Bay, is doing fine under the care of volunteers while her owner is hospitalized. A fundraiser to rebuild owner Gordon Leslie’s house will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kona Adult Day Center.

Big Isle taking damage claims

Taxpayers whose real property was destroyed or damaged by the March 11 tsunami can file a claim for remission of real property taxes, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi announced.

The deadline for filing this claim for tax relief is June 30, but the mayor advises taxpayers to file their claims as soon as possible.

Hawaii County Finance Director Nancy Crawford said taxpayers can access the Real Property Tax website at under the Forms and Instructions tab and Miscellaneous to obtain the appropriate form and information about the remission of taxes.

Taxpayers can also contact the appraisal section of the Real Property Tax Office at 75-5706 Kua­kini Highway, Suite 112, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740; or call 323-4881 to obtain forms and information.  Taxpayers may also contact the Hilo office at 961-8354.

This method of filing is the only way to recover a portion of the real property taxes paid on property for the current tax year, which ends June 30.

Any remission will not reduce the tax below the minimum tax of $100 on each parcel.  

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The real property tax assessment does not include personal property such as furniture, carpets or curtains, and no remission will be made for this type of loss or damage.

HEI gives $100K for disaster relief

Hawaiian Electric Industries has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and the Japan-America Society of America for Japan disaster relief.

The amount includes a $50,000 contribution by American Savings Bank to support the statewide Aloha for Japan relief drive.

Red Cross offers stress-coping tips

The American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter will hold free workshops Saturday for the public to offer strategies on coping with the stress of the disaster in Japan. They will be taught by licensed mental health professionals who are Red Cross volunteers. Sessions will be in English with materials translated into Japa­nese.

Both workshops are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Here are the locations:

>> Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Manoa Grand Ballroom, Ewa Room. 2454 S. Bere­ta­nia St. Contact:Audrey Kaneko, 218-6728,

 >> Filipino Community Center, Tech Room. 94-428 Moku­ola St., Wai­pahu. Toy Arre, 680-0451,

 Dates, times and locations for future workshops will be posted at

 For more information regarding workshop content and format, contact Ken Lee at

To support the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami relief efforts, make a secure online donation at or text REDCROSS to 90999 for an automatic $10 donation.

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