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Kokua Line: What happens to my travel exception if my vaccine card is too messy to read?

Question: When I tried to link my vaccine card in Safe Travels, I got a message that the card was uploaded but could not be verified. When I got my shots, they wrote out the card by hand — it’s pretty messy, I could barely make out the vaccine lot numbers — and they didn’t write my name exactly as it appears on my ID. Is this going to be a big problem when I come home? Read more

                                State unemployment office workers (in the Keelikolani building on the corner of Punchbowl and Halekauwila St.).
Kokua Line: Will Hawaii ever pay extra $100 a week to UI claimants in the mixed-earnings gap group?

Question: In January the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Hawaii intended to participate in the federally funded Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program, which will pay an extra $100 a week to eligible claimants who earned too much from an employer to be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance but too little to get much in standard Unemployment Insurance. Read more

                                The University of Hawaii football team celebrated after the Rainbow Warriors’ 28-14 win over Houston in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 24 in Frisco, Texas. The game was moved to Texas due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico. With the bowl win, UH finished Todd Graham’s first year as head coach at 5-4.
Stephen Tsai: The more the merrier for college football bowl season

Of course, more is better. That’s why Twitter lists the number of each account’s followers and Facebook publicizes “likes.” That’s why no trick-or-treatin’ kid has ever said: “I have enough candy, let’s call it a night.” And that’s why a lottery would be more fun with 50 $1 million winners than one $50 million winner. Read more

                                Hawaii’s Carissa Moore is on her way to making surfing the sport of queens. The four-time world champion used a backdoor maneuver during the Women’s Pipe Invitational at Pipeline last December.
Mindy Pennybacker: Women are finally seeing equity in surfing

After decades of condescension and discrimination, women surfers, who’ve historically had fewer contests and lower pay than men, and contests at Hawaii’s Pipeline and Tahiti’s Teahupo‘o pulled on grounds the waves being too dangerous for girls, are finally standing in the spotlight and claiming their due. Read more

2015 July 6 EDT - Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
Kokua Line: How will winners be notified in the vaccination prize drawings?

Question: We are vaccinated and have submitted our names to the prize drawing. How will winners be notified? We have an increasing number of scam calls and do not answer our phone unless we recognize the caller ID that identifies the caller. Obviously, we would hate to miss having our names selected and then miss the notification! Read more

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