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                                Lillian Takeuchi, 82, and her husband, Thomas, 93, greeted each with love at Palolo Chinese Home on Thanksgiving. The couple just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary earlier this month. Thomas was placed in the nursing home after an injury in May 2020 and the pair were separated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanksgiving was the first holiday since the start of the pandemic that more than one family member was able to visit.
Families join for a face-to-face Thanksgiving at Hawaii nursing homes

It was a clear, breezy Thanksgiving afternoon in upper Palolo Valley, and seated in his wheelchair on the leaf-shaded terrace of his nursing home, Thomas Takeuchi, 93, was singing in a strong, melodic baritone as his family cheered him on with laughter and praise. Read more

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                                Hawaii traffic jam in the afternoon.
Kokua Line: How do I get rid of a ticket that raised my car insurance?

Question: Over a year ago I received a citation that I challenged in court, resulting in a reduction to a much lesser charge. About a month ago my auto insurance company notified me that my premium would be rising almost 400% for my six-month renewal, because the company reviewed my record and found this citation. Read more

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                                Hawaii State Library main branch at King and Punchbowl.
Kokua Line: Why hasn’t the State Library reopened?

Question: Why does the main public library continue to keep its doors closed to the public? Having only “takeout” service is not acceptable, not after a year and a half of continuous closure. Allowing the public to check out books is only a small portion of the main library’s role. Surely, the state librarian has had sufficient time to figure out a way to safely reopen this library. Enough already! Read more

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Holiday gatherings return but caution urged

Hawaii, along with the rest of the nation, is once again facing the perils of another holiday season as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, but with cases in the islands trending lower in recent weeks, many health experts say this time around most people should be able to celebrate with loved ones — with caution. Read more

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                                Travelers awaiting their luggage at a baggage claim in Terminal 1 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Kokua Line: Does my trip home from Europe count as an international flight?

Question: Regarding the new travel rules, we are going to Europe. Coming home, we’ll fly nonstop from London to Los Angeles and then have just a brief time to connect to our Hono­lulu flight. We won’t leave LAX. Does that count as an international flight to Hawaii, or will we have to go through Safe Travels? Read more


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