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2015 July 6 EDT - Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
Kokua Line: Tax department following up on landlords who may be avoiding taxes on rental income

Question: Some Hawaii landlords are rejecting government relief to cover unpaid rent because they do not have general excise tax licenses and are not paying taxes on their rental income. The tenants were the ones who applied for the relief, thereby identifying their landlords (808ne.ws/ rentrelief). Now that the state knows who these landlords are, can and/or will the tax department follow up to demand back taxes from these landlords? Read more

STAR-ADVERTISER / MARCH 19
Kokua Line: Job search advised but not required for people to receive extended unemployment aid

Question: I have been unemployed since April due to the pandemic. My unemployment benefits are exhausted and I am eligible for extended benefits for 13 weeks. Is the three-jobs-per-week job search required? I thought the governor had waived that and that the waiver was still valid. However, the unemployment office told me to post my resume and list three job searches per week. Could you clarify this? Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Hawaii visitors walk past the Moana Hotel on Waikiki Beach.
Kokua Line: Maskless walkers annoy reader but are allowed if they keep their distance

Question: I believe the mayor made it clear that masks are required “when in public — period.” On Saturday morning while attempting to walk in Kailua and Lanikai beach fronts, I encountered more than 95% of the people unmasked. I was so disgusted by the blatant disregard for the health rules that I ended my walk to protect myself. Am I missing something here? Read more

Christine Donnelly
Kokua Line: Readers give thanks for kindness that keeps us connected

On Thanksgiving Day, we devote Kokua Line to readers’ expressions of gratitude, which are plentiful even during a year that has been difficult and isolating for so many. Whether thanking someone for a kind deed, a lifesaving act, or simply a positive attitude, the sense of connection a heartfelt Mahalo conveys is appreciated always. Read more


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