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                                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

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                                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

                                Ward Avenue at King Street.
Kokua Line: Will Ward Avenue contraflow return?

Question: Since March, there have been no contraflow lanes on Ward Avenue (right three lanes to Beretania Street) during morning peak traffic. The contraflow lanes did help ease the morning traffic on Ward, allowing a lane to stop at the light to turn left on Kinau Street and having two lanes have a clear access to Beretania. Will the contraflow lanes return? If yes, when? Read more

                                Doc and Eve Hofmeister owned Fast Food in Wahiawa. Their $3 sandwiches on a 16” loaf were very popular.
Rearview Mirror: Readers fondly remember beloved Oahu restaurants

Last November, I polled readers and came up with the top 25 Oahu restaurants that were gone but not forgotten. The Willows topped the list, followed by Tahitian Lanai, Columbia Inn, Flamingo, John Dominis, Swiss Inn, Alan Wong’s, Fisherman’s Wharf, Canlis and Pearl City Tavern. Read more

                                People are seen at the Kapalama Drivers License office, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Honolulu.
Kokua Line: Can I walk into DMV on a Saturday?

Question: When the DMV is open on a Saturday, must I have an appointment or can I walk in? I am the caregiver for both my parents and it’s very difficult to make an appointment for anything because I never know what family emergency will arise. But I do need to renew my driver’s license. Read more

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