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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. Email Alan at amcnarie@civilbeat.org
Big Island: County Recycling Cutbacks A Sign Of Global Market Changes Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: County Recycling Cutbacks A Sign Of Global Market Changes

When China and other Asian nations curtailed dirty recycling streams, the county’s recycling contractor saw markets dry up, forcing residents to seek alternatives.

Big Island: A Popular Volcano Trail Is Rebuilt With A Lot Of Sweat Equity Janice Wei

Big Island: A Popular Volcano Trail Is Rebuilt With A Lot Of Sweat Equity

Seven tons of gravel and two tons of large rocks had to be brought in by wheelbarrow to repair the famed Kilauea Iki trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Big Island: Critics Say County Ignores Animal Shelters’ High Kill Rates Bret Yager/Civil Beat

Big Island: Critics Say County Ignores Animal Shelters’ High Kill Rates

Most of the animals brought to the Humane Society’s three facilities are euthanized. Their contract with the county doesn’t encourage saving lives.

Big Island: Residents Wary Of Subdivision After Bulldozers Damage Cemetery State Historic Preservation Division

Big Island: Residents Wary Of Subdivision After Bulldozers Damage Cemetery

They say some burial sites may remain undiscovered in the 1920s-era plantation graveyard near where a residential development is proposed.

Big Island: Beach Created By Volcanic Eruption Was Born Polluted Department of Land and Natural Resources

Big Island: Beach Created By Volcanic Eruption Was Born Polluted

You might think a brand new black sand beach would be pristine. But microplastics have already been detected at Pohoiki in Lower Puna.

Big Island: Noise From Helicopter Tours Leaves Residents With Frayed Nerves Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: Noise From Helicopter Tours Leaves Residents With Frayed Nerves

It’s been a hot-button issue on the island for decades, but many say the problem has grown worse as more tourists are drawn to the site of the lava eruptions.

Big Island: Researchers Battle The Rat Lungworm Problem Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: Researchers Battle The Rat Lungworm Problem

More funding is leading to new discoveries as the parasite continues to sicken people in Hawaii.

Big Island: Is It A Waste Of Time To Complain About Illegal Building Here? Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: Is It A Waste Of Time To Complain About Illegal Building Here?

Understaffed and saddled with red tape, inspectors have a hard time dealing with issues like a proposed farm complex in Upper Puna that has neighbors upset.

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening

Even though the power facility damaged by last year’s lava flows is expected to be “operational” by year’s end, it’s facing challenges.

Big Island: Unlikely Wranglers Oversee An Unusual Roundup Regina DoDaro Romero Serrano

Big Island: Unlikely Wranglers Oversee An Unusual Roundup

When a dairy farm cuts back operations the cows have to find new homes.

Big Island: No Aloha So Far For A Puna Spaceport Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: No Aloha So Far For A Puna Spaceport

UPDATED: A public meeting Wednesday is the next chance for residents to hear about the idea of launching about 24 rockets a year.

Big Island: New Steam Cracks Plague Residents In Eruption Zone Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: New Steam Cracks Plague Residents In Eruption Zone

The superheated steam is killing trees and forcing some residents from their homes, although there’s “no sign of magma.”