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2015 July 6 EDT - Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
Kokua Line: Is 2024 Census Survey for real?

Question: I just got a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau to respond online to a survey to help prepare for the next census. It says I’m required by law to complete this 10-minute survey. I thought they do this every 10 years. The last one was in 2020. Read more

                                Board of Water Supply.
Kokua Line: Does Board of Water Supply estimate bills?

Question: Does the Honolulu Board of Water Supply do estimated meter readings? If so, do they ever adjust them? My bill (single­-family home) has been the same most months, even though the number of people in my house might change or the weather changes. Read more

                                An Amazon package is loaded onto a U.S. Postal Service truck Tuesday in Portland, Maine.
Kokua Line: Is post office scrapping flat-rate boxes?

Question: Is the U.S. Postal Service discontinuing the use of flat-rate boxes? I can’t find them anywhere. I’ve looked at the Ala Moana Post Office for the past three weeks, and they haven’t had any. Read more

2015 July 6 EDT - Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
Kokua Line: How much should funeral cost?

Question: A close friend has been diagnosed with a rapidly progressing terminal illness. She has no family left here and I am trying to help her son make initial arrangements from a distance. One delicate question is about the budget for a funeral; none of us has any idea how much this should cost. Read more

                                The Hawaii Maritime Center at Pier 7 is managed by the Bishop Museum, which is feeling the economic downturn and announced layoffs and furloughs and the closing of the museum every tuesday and a shutdown of the martime center.
Kokua Line: Will museum at Pier 7 ever reopen?

Question: Is the Bishop Museum ever going to reopen the Maritime Center at Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor? Is it contingent upon something with the Falls of Clyde ship? It was such a wonderful place to visit and take visitors to learn about our seafaring culture. Read more

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