Announcements: September 24, 2021

Walmart to host Wellness Day

The Big Island’s two Walmart stores will take part in the company’s quarterly Wellness Day slated 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


Walmart’s quarterly Wellness Day will turn into a special immunization event in more than 4,700 pharmacies across the country. All 10 Hawaii Walmart stores, including the Kailua-Kona and Hilo locations on the Big Island, will be participating.

Customers can walk-in to receive a variety of immunizations from COVID-19 to flu to any of the others the store offers. Insurance is not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, which is available at no cost, and other vaccines are covered under most major insurance plans.

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Oct. 15 deadline approaches for taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about the upcoming Oct. 15 due date to file 2020 tax returns. People who asked for an extension should file on or before the extension deadline to avoid the penalty for filing late. Electronic filing options, such as IRS Free File, are still available.

Although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people to file, some taxpayers, including members of the military and other serving in a combat zone and taxpayers in a federall declared disaster area, may have more time.

There is usually no penalty for failure to file if the taxpayer is due a refund. However, people who wait too long to file and claim a refund, risk losing it altogether. Those who have yet to file a 2020 tax return, owe tax, and did not request an extension can generally avoid additional penalties and interest by filing the return as soon as possible and paying any taxes owed.

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Free LED bulb promotion

Hawaii Energy is holding a Free Bulb Swap promotion that allows Hawaii residents to trade-in their old, inefficient bulbs for LED lighting at participating HouseMart Ace Hardware stores on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. Participants can exchange up to 30 incandescent or halogen bulbs for ENERGY STAR LED bulbs, while supplies last.

For a limited time, participants can also purchase two-packs of energy-efficient A19 standard LED bulbs and G16.5 globe LED bulbs for only $1 each, normally $4.49 each. All LED products are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Participating Ace Hardware locations on the Big Island are located in Hilo, Captain Cook, Na‘alehu, Kea‘au, Kona, Kamuela, Rancho, and Pahoa.

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