Alan D. McNarie

Alan D. McNarie has been covering the Big Island's people and issues for various publications for over a quarter century. He's published two novels: "Yeshua" and "The Soul Keys." He lives in Volcano.
Alan McNarie: The Hazards Of Swimming Near A Sewage Plant Courtesy of Terri Napeahi

Alan McNarie: The Hazards Of Swimming Near A Sewage Plant

A Big Island group documented at least 10 cases of infections contracted by people swimming near industrial sites.

Alan McNarie: Creepy Christmas Guests Who Hitch A Ride On Your Tree Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Alan McNarie: Creepy Christmas Guests Who Hitch A Ride On Your Tree

A Hilo store stopped selling some trees after complaints they harbored little fire ants. And they aren’t the only tiny holiday invaders.

Alan McNarie: Hilo Hospital Goes It Alone With Rat Lungworm Treatment Courtesy of Jack Russell Brauherr

Alan McNarie: Hilo Hospital Goes It Alone With Rat Lungworm Treatment

Many of the disease’s more severe cases are popping up on the Big Island, where the resident expert prefers an aggressive approach.

Alan McNarie: Lab’s Rat Lungworm Research Finally Gave This Man A Diagnosis Courtesy of Kana Covington

Alan McNarie: Lab’s Rat Lungworm Research Finally Gave This Man A Diagnosis

Promising work at the University of Hawaii Hilo is drastically underfunded while $1 million is spent on public education about the disease.

Alan McNarie: The Men Of Paa Alan McNarie

Alan McNarie: The Men Of Paa

This nonprofit group aims to change destructive lifestyles into positive forces for the community.

Alan McNarie: Helicopter Noise On The Big Island Has Residents Buzzing Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Alan McNarie: Helicopter Noise On The Big Island Has Residents Buzzing

Protesters decry “dirty tourism” during a demonstration outside the Hilo airport. “It’s never been this bad,” said a County Council member.

Alan McNarie: Wait For Drug Treatment On Big Island Can Stretch Months Courtesy of Going Home Hawaii

Alan McNarie: Wait For Drug Treatment On Big Island Can Stretch Months

For those coming out of prison, there are only a handful of residential treatment centers.

Alan McNarie: Burning Eucalyptus To Power The Big Island Courtesy of Henry Curtis

Alan McNarie: Burning Eucalyptus To Power The Big Island

Regulators have approved a long-delayed biomass to energy plant that may produce up to 12 percent of the island’s power.

Officials in Hawaii Breathe Easier After GOP Health Plan Collapses Kirstin Downey/Civil Beat

Officials in Hawaii Breathe Easier After GOP Health Plan Collapses

Local clinics feared that proposed rollbacks of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion would have left thousands of patients without coverage.

Alan McNarie: Big Island Crime Problems Seem Bigger On Social Media

Alan McNarie: Big Island Crime Problems Seem Bigger On Social Media

Hawaii County crime isn’t on the rise. But the prosecutor says residents are justifiably upset by a clogged criminal justice system.

Alan McNarie: A Big Island Juggler With Leukemia Faces Deportation Courtesy of Graham Ellis

Alan McNarie: A Big Island Juggler With Leukemia Faces Deportation

Graham Ellis has been teaching circus skills to island children since 1981. Now he’s being swept up by Trump’s tougher new immigration rules.