Civil Beat – Big Island

  • Jason Armstrong
  • Alan D. McNarie
- Jason Armstrong

POHOIKI, Hawaii Island — The last beach park remaining in a district larger than Oahu was reopened Thursday, attracting hundreds of people who waited seven months to discover how the recent volcanic eruption had altered their prized coastline. Restoring vehicular access to Isaac Hale Beach Park achieved a significant milestone in the ongoing struggle to […]

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- Jason Armstrong

PAHOA, Hawaii Island – The evacuation shelter that housed hundreds of eruption victims this year now requires its own million-dollar rescue before it can return to full service as this district’s largest recreational facility. Pahoa District Park was turned into a makeshift refuge May 3 when lava suddenly started flowing within nearby neighborhoods. During the […]

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- Jason Armstrong

PEPEEKEO, Hawaii County – The company building a controversial wood-burning power plant north of Hilo may get a sizable Christmas bonus courtesy of American taxpayers – provided it starts supplying renewable energy by year’s end. Dec. 31 is the deadline for Hu Honua Bioenergy to qualify for a federal tax credit of “upwards of $100 […]

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- Jason Armstrong

KEAAU, Hawaii Island – Three months after molten lava stopped flowing from Kilauea volcano, ongoing recovery efforts are now focusing on replacing or rebuilding the hundreds of homes damaged by one of Hawaii’s most-destructive natural disasters. One example is the recent gathering of 29 government agencies, businesses and community groups working to restore neighborhoods that […]

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- Jason Armstrong

HILO, Hawaii Island – It’s not the first, but the second devastating punch that often causes the knockout. Puna may be facing the same scenario. The rural district remains reeling from a months-long volcanic disaster that destroyed agricultural crops, buried a prized coastline and turned its sole fishing port into an inaccessible beach. In a […]

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- Alan D. McNarie

WEST HAWAII, Hawaii Island — Voters here have something no one else on the Big Island does this election season — a choice to make in a County Council race. While the other council races were decided in the primary, four candidates ran to replace Dru Kanuha, who vacated his District 7 seat to run […]

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- Alan D. McNarie

WEST HAWAII, Hawaii Island — Voters here have something no one else on the Big Island does this election season — a choice to make in a County Council race. While the other council races were decided in the primary, four candidates ran to replace Dru Kanuha, who vacated his District 7 seat to run […]

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- Alan D. McNarie

WEST HAWAII, Hawaii Island — Voters here have something no one else on the Big Island does this election season — a choice to make in a County Council race. While the other council races were decided in the primary, four candidates ran to replace Dru Kanuha, who vacated his District 7 seat to run […]

The post Big Island: Residents Say Dairy Is Still Polluting Their Small Town appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

- Alan D. McNarie

WEST HAWAII, Hawaii Island — Voters here have something no one else on the Big Island does this election season — a choice to make in a County Council race. While the other council races were decided in the primary, four candidates ran to replace Dru Kanuha, who vacated his District 7 seat to run […]

The post Big Island: The Lessons Learned In Puna As Lava Shelters Shut Down appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

- Alan D. McNarie

WEST HAWAII, Hawaii Island — Voters here have something no one else on the Big Island does this election season — a choice to make in a County Council race. While the other council races were decided in the primary, four candidates ran to replace Dru Kanuha, who vacated his District 7 seat to run […]

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