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Kokua Line: Are gift cards taxed?

Question: Last Christmas, I purchased a gift certificate at a nail salon in Salt Lake and paid tax on it. Isn’t it wrong to charge tax on a gift certificate/card? Read more

Kokua Line: How do I find a licensed care home?

Question: Where can I find a listing of privately owned assisted-living facilities? I am not referring to the large company-operated facilities, but a house that has been converted to handle two or three patients and is also licensed. Read more

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                                A nurse gives a COVID-19 test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department, in Salt Lake City.
Kokua Line: Who will help me get COVID tests?

Question: That’s good they’ll be mailing out free COVID-19 tests again, but they should make them more accessible for people with disabilities. My daughter ordered free tests for me last time, but once they arrived I couldn’t use them by myself because I couldn’t make out the instructions because the print was too small. Read more

                                State Department of Transportation held a press conference regarding first sites selected for the Red-Light Safety Camera pilot program, one site chosen is at Vineyard Boulevard and Palama Street.
Kokua Line: Why does traffic cam aim only at Vineyard?

Question: Why are the red-light cameras at the intersection of Vineyard Boulevard and Liliha Street aimed only at drivers on Vineyard? I noticed that there are cameras, but only on Vineyard. What about putting cameras on Li­liha? I don’t believe that people run the red light only if traveling on Vineyard. Read more

                                Dropbox of the State Department of Taxation fronting the Princess Ruth Keelikolani Building on Punchbowl Street.
Kokua Line: Why didn’t I get my tax rebate?

Question: What do we do if we never received our Act 115 rebate or any notice about it? We filed our 2021 state income tax return on time and owed money, so we had expected to receive a paper check eventually, per previous public communications from the state. My understanding is that the state caught up on issuing the checks, but we never received ours. Read more

Kokua Line: What’s new with disability parking permits?

Question: My mother-in-law has early congestive heart failure which is getting worse, so she needs a handicap placard so we can park closer at the doctor’s office, etc. She no longer drives but she does own a car. What kind of pass can she get? Read more

                                Santa visits Pearlridge Shopping Center.
Kokua Line: How can I help Operation Santa?

Question: Could you please emphasize that Operation Santa needs gift-givers? Hawaii didn’t have enough donors in 2021 to fulfill Christmas wishes for all the kids who wrote letters. Read more

Kokua Line: Why not adjust Waikiki crossings?

Question: Regarding the new traffic signal setups at Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalia and Ena roads and Hobron Lane: To allow for better flow of vehicles and pedestrians, there is now an “all walk” signal where all pedestrians at all crosswalks may enter. Read more

Kokua Line: How do I get rid of old gun?

Question: Is it possible to turn in a handgun (no permit found) and ammunition to police that formerly belonged to a long-deceased person? Read more

                                The view looking over Makiki towards Diamond Head from Punchbowl.
Kokua Line: When is the next ‘Condorama’ online event?

Question: The next time the state does its condominium webinar, please publicize. I attended in 2021, and I wish more owners in my building had as well, so they would understand how condo boards should operate. Read more

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