Jason Armstrong

Jason Armstrong has reported extensively for both of Hawaii Island’s daily newspapers. He was a public information officer/grant writer for the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation from 2012 to 2016 and has lived in Hilo since 1987. Email Jason at jarmstrong@civilbeat.org
Kilauea Eruption Wreaks Havoc On Farms In Several Ways Courtesy of Beverly Tuaolo

Kilauea Eruption Wreaks Havoc On Farms In Several Ways

In addition to lava flows, plants have been burned by toxic gases and irrigation systems have been damaged.

Big Island: It’s Nearly Impossible To Find A Place To Rent These Days Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: It’s Nearly Impossible To Find A Place To Rent These Days

Lava refugees, forced from their homes by the volcano, are squeezing into every available space.

 

Big Island: The Volcano Is Wiping Out Property Values And County Coffers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: The Volcano Is Wiping Out Property Values And County Coffers

Losses are mounting in the hundreds of millions of dollars as Kilauea pushes molten lava through neighborhoods.

Big Island: Everyone’s Talking About Pele The Fire Goddess AP

Big Island: Everyone’s Talking About Pele The Fire Goddess

Some mention her casually while others are true believers. But just about everyone in this lava-ravaged region is dropping her name.

Resilience In The Face Of Lava And An Uncertain Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Resilience In The Face Of Lava And An Uncertain Future

Evacuees don’t know when they’ll be able to go home — or if they’ll still have homes at all.

Big Island: When You Live In A Volcano’s Shadow, You Go With The Flow Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: When You Live In A Volcano’s Shadow, You Go With The Flow

Just hours before a new eruption threatened a subdivision, residents and visitors were buzzing with excitement.

Big Island: The Days Are Numbered For These Lava Flow Vendors Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: The Days Are Numbered For These Lava Flow Vendors

Hawaii County looks to clear out roadside businesses and relocate the parking lot for its lava flow viewing area. Nearby residents are unhappy.

Big Island: UH Hilo Enrollment Plunges Even As Campus Grows Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: UH Hilo Enrollment Plunges Even As Campus Grows

Millions of dollars have been spent to enlarge and spruce up the university, but there’s a five-year trend of fewer students.

Big Island: Saving Reefs One Sunscreen Container At A Time Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Saving Reefs One Sunscreen Container At A Time

Beachgoers respond favorably when a nonprofit offers to swap their products containing oxybenzone for other sunscreens considered reef-safe.

Big Island: Gun-Surrender Laws Don’t Reassure This Doctor After Death Threats Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Gun-Surrender Laws Don’t Reassure This Doctor After Death Threats

An abortion protester was ordered to surrender his firearms after a temporary restraining order was issued.

Big Island: Local TV Is Getting Bigger and Bolder Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Local TV Is Getting Bigger and Bolder

Na Leo TV has greatly expanded its staff, facilities and its presence on the island.

Jason Armstrong: Big Island Mayor Can’t Seem To Stop Raising Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jason Armstrong: Big Island Mayor Can’t Seem To Stop Raising Taxes

It’s a pattern with Harry Kim: He speaks out against tax increases, then turns around and tries to impose them.

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