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.
Big Island: Why Many People May Lose Their Property This Week Courtesy of Starsha Young

Big Island: Why Many People May Lose Their Property This Week

Cheap lots were marketed in substandard subdivisions, mostly in high lava-risk zones that are some of the poorest areas on the island.

Big Island: Vendors Are Dripping In Hilo As Farmers’ Market Weathers Political Storm Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: Vendors Are Dripping In Hilo As Farmers’ Market Weathers Political Storm

Tarps and tents that keep products and sellers dry have been ordered removed by county officials.

Alan McNarie: Futuristic Spaceport Gets Chilly Big Island Reception Courtesy of SpinLaunch

Alan McNarie: Futuristic Spaceport Gets Chilly Big Island Reception

Some lawmakers have proposed issuing special revenue bonds to help SpinLaunch build a facility on Hawaii Island for catapulting satellites into space.

Alan McNarie: Man-Made Disasters Are What Really Worry The Big Island Courtesy Hawaii County Fire Department

Alan McNarie: Man-Made Disasters Are What Really Worry The Big Island

When it comes to hazardous materials, officials are often unsure where the sites are or what they’d do in an emergency.

This Hilo Community Fears Its ‘Toxic’ Neighbors Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

This Hilo Community Fears Its ‘Toxic’ Neighbors

With a nearby airport, landfill, sewage plant, port and petroleum tanks, Hawaiian Homestead residents in Keaukaha want health concerns addressed.

Alan McNarie: This Nuke Plan Would Have Turned Hawaii Upside Down NASA

Alan McNarie: This Nuke Plan Would Have Turned Hawaii Upside Down

During the Cold War, attack preparations were proposed that called for interisland evacuations and commandeering of property.

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.

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