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Kokua Line: Is wait limit a rule or a courtesy at public tennis courts?

Question: A mantra of the pandemic has been that “outdoors is better than indoors” for get-togethers. Also, exercise is a great way to boost physical and mental health, which is so important. To that end, some work friends and I, who no longer see each other daily because we work from home now, have been meeting up to play tennis. Read more

                                Pedestrians crossed S. King Street in downtown.
Kokua Line: Where’s the survey about how to spend federal aid?

Question: I heard on the radio that the state is once again receiving aid from the federal government and that they put out an online survey for suggestions on where the money should be allocated. The deadline to fill it out is Feb. 14. Do you know where this survey is located? I can’t seem to find it. Read more

                                Pictured is the Safe Travels check-in area at the mauka concourse in Terminal 1 of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Kokua Line: Why can’t Safe Travels be more strict on flights?

Question: Why can the state of Hawaii require trans-­Pacific cruise ship passengers to be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 to disembark in Hawaii, but can’t apply the same requirement to trans-­Pacific domestic air passengers? Domestic air passengers have the option to quarantine for five days upon arrival (arriving unvaccinated and untested). Cruise passengers don’t have that option (they must be vaccinated or test negative). Why are the rules different? Read more

                                Honolulu Board of Water Supply on Beretania Street.
Kokua Line: Where’s the incentive to save water?

Question: In his recent “Spotlight Hawaii” interview with the Honolulu Star-­Advertiser, Board of Water Supply Manager Ernest Lau noted that residents may be asked to implement water conservation measures this summer. Read more

                                At-home COVID-19 test kits.
Kokua Line: Must I confirm an at-home test?

Question: A friend had a sore throat and took a rapid test at home. It was positive. She isolated herself and had mild symptoms, so she didn’t believe she needed to go in for a PCR test since she already knew she was infected. Are the state and Department of Health aware there are hundreds of people doing at-home tests and not bothering to report it to anyone? What is the official advice to these people who test positive, so we can have a more accurate idea of the number of COVID-19 infections around us? Read more

                                Home in 1930 Kaumualii Street in Kalihi.
Kokua Line: How do I appeal my property assessment?

Question: My house was assessed at over $1 million, which is ridiculous. It needs so much work. I can’t afford the repairs, and it’s getting so I can’t afford the property taxes either, which rise with each higher assessment. Can I get the county to change this? Read more

                                Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Kokua Line: Will the city have quarantine lodging?

Question: If I test positive for COVID- 19 after I get back from the mainland, I cannot stay at home. Will they still have lodging for this purpose? I am fully vaccinated and boosted and will be testing out of an abundance of caution for my elderly parents, who live with me (they also are fully vaccinated and boosted). I am taking every precaution and hope I will not be infected, but I cannot cancel this trip, which is set for mid-January. Read more

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