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Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist.
Kokua Line: Why didn’t I get tax rebate by direct deposit?

Question: Regarding the tax rebate, we also did not get the direct deposit, even though we should have based on what the tax department said. We don’t have a history of identity theft, so I don’t think it’s that. We are supposed to get $1,500 and are counting on it. Have you been able to get any more information about this? Read more

                                Twenty dollar bills are counted in North Andover, Mass.
Kokua Line: How do I follow up on tax rebate?

Question: Who do we contact if we still haven’t received the $300 state tax rebate? I filed my state income taxes electronically in mid-March (and have been filing them electronically for years), but have not received any rebate. My daughter, who filed her taxes electronically just before the state tax deadline, received her rebate last week. Read more

                                The former Dewey Lane near the Ilikai in Waikiki now honors waterman Duke Kahanamoku.
Rearview Mirror: Search for street names leads to a Titanic tale

Sometimes my research takes me to unexpected places. I’ve written about Hawaii streets several times this year, and a recent question from a reader revealed that a Wahiawa man and his daughter were booked on the ill-fated 1912 sailing of the RMS Titanic. Here’s how the story unfolded. Read more

Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist.
Kokua Line: Can I track down old savings bond?

Question: My father says my mother bought me U.S. savings bonds when I was born, but I have never seen them and she never mentioned them to me. He said she “put them away” but has no idea where. They haven’t turned up as I’ve gone through paperwork after my mom died last year. These would have been paper bonds, purchased around 1987. Is there a way to track them down? Read more

Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist.
Kokua Line: How do I get housebound mom a state ID?

Question: Is there a way to get a state ID for someone who can’t leave the house? This is for my mother. She needs a valid ID because I can’t do certain errands for her without showing her ID. I have been showing her old driver’s license but that expired over a year ago. She never had a state ID, only a license, and she gave up driving long ago. I am the only one taking care of her. Read more

                                The U.S. government ordered more Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent than Moderna bivalent for nationwide distribution; however, those who prefer the Moderna version of the booster can search for locations that offer it at Needles with Pfizer Bivalent vaccine are shown at The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu.
Kokua Line: Where can I get Moderna bivalent booster shot?

Question: Is there a shortage of the new COVID-19 Moderna bivalent vaccine in Hawaii? I have received four Moderna vaccinations, and I am now eligible for the new bivalent booster. After much effort I have been unable to find a vaccination site on Oahu that has the COVID-19 Moderna bivalent booster. What’s up? Read more

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