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Christine Donnelly

Christine Donnelly is the Kokua Line columnist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She answers readers' questions with help from experts in the field, and publishes readers' expressions of dismay (Auwe), apology (E Kala Mai) and gratitude (Mahalo). Questions run the gamut, with an emphasis in Sunday's column on topics that broadly reflect quality of life in Hawaii. Kokua Line runs five days a week.
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                                Honolulu mayor Rick Blangiardi speaks during a news conference on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Honolulu. Blangiardi and stakeholders including Catholic Charities Hawaii and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement announced the start of the Rental and Utility Relief Program which will help thousands of Oʻahu households that have been financially impacted the most by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kokua Line: Where is city getting cash for rental aid?

Question: Regarding the city’s rent relief, where are they getting the money? Will our property taxes be used? Also, is this still for economic damage from the pandemic and lockdown? Nearly four years later? Read more

Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist.
Kokua Line: Can undocumented person get state ID?

Last year or so, the state said it was going to come up with a state ID for people who can’t get a gold-star ID. This would be for those who don’t drive. Did they ever do that? Read more

Kokua Line: How do I avoid package scam?

Question: I’ve been getting a noticeable amount of text messages purportedly from the U.S. Postal Serv­ice stating, “The USPS package has arrived at the warehouse and cannot be delivered due to incomplete address information.” Read more

Kokua Line: Can feral cats be fixed for free?

Question: I agree wholeheartedly with the reader who said feral cats cause more trouble than feral chickens. Our neighbor feeds these cats, litter after litter after litter. Read more

                                West Maui siren along Honoapiilani Highway as seen on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
Kokua Line: Can emergency sirens be louder?

Question: My wife and I have been living in Hawaii for over a year. We are fortunate to reside in a beautiful senior community in Ewa Beach. I am very concerned that during the recent test of the emergency warning system we were barely able to hear the warning sirens. Read more

Kokua Line: Where can I drop off old tires?

Question: An elderly neighbor has quite a few car tires stacked in her yard, put there by her husband, who died a while ago. I told her I would help her get rid of them, but I don’t know where to take them. I don’t want to spend a lot of money. Read more

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