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                                Hawaii opposite Alaka‘i Todd appreciates the home crowd that he’s experienced since 2019.
Warriors will need all the help they can get — especially from fans

Alaka‘’i Todd won’t go so far as to say it’s the best homecourt advantage in volleyball. But it’s easy to see his appreciation as the sixth-year senior gazes around the 10,300-seat arena for one of the final times of his University of Hawaii volleyball career. Read more

2015 July 6 EDT - Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
Kokua Line: Where will drug take-back be held?

Question: Please print the locations for the drug take-back. Both myself and my son have chronic illnesses that our doctors are trying new medications to control, so we have a few unused prescriptions and I don’t like having this other stuff around for a variety of reasons. Read more

                                Albizia tree are seen in Waimanalo in 2020.
Column: He ‘ino kā ka albizia

Synopsis: There are many negative impacts of the albizia tree species on Hawaii’s native flora and fauna on Oahu. Read more

                                The Grammys weren’t sure what category of music to put the Kingston Trio in, so the group made T-shirts that said, “The Hawaiian calypso folk group who saved country music.”
Rearview Mirror: Several musicians have roots in Hawaii

Music is important in Hawaii. Many of our monarchs were extremely talented as composers and performers. So, it comes as no surprise that many young people who grew up here made it big as musicians in Hawaii and beyond our shores. Read more

                                This 2019 file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday.
Tech View: Niche cyberattacks now pervasive menace to all

Ransomware attacks, where malicious software encrypts a victim’s data and demands a ransom for decryption, have transitioned from a niche cyberthreat to a pervasive one. This alarming trend is largely fueled by the arrival of Ransomware as a Service, referred to as RaaS. Read more

Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist.
Kokua Line: Is Kalima class-action check taxable?

Question: My mom received a settlement check from the Kalima v. State of Hawai‘i class action lawsuit. She has not received any other document, including a 1099, that indicates any state or federal taxes she might have to pay. Does that mean she doesn’t have to report the money? Read more

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