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: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race Courtesy of Jen Ruggles

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race

The departure leaves two newcomers who emphasize agriculture and sustainability facing off for the seat.

Big Island: Volcano Politics Play Out In Lava-Swamped Council District Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Volcano Politics Play Out In Lava-Swamped Council District

Two candidates who have played significant roles in lava relief efforts are squaring off in the Aug. 11 primary.

Big Island: The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking

Volcano Village’s residents and businesses are coping with frequent earthquakes and the closure of the nearby national park.

Big Island: Puna Residents Set Up This Awesome Center For Volcano Refugees Courtesy of Ke'ala Martins-Keliihoomalu

Big Island: Puna Residents Set Up This Awesome Center For Volcano Refugees

With no end to the disaster in sight, the “Hub” serves up food, supplies, hot showers, massages and a chance to talk story.

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies Courtesy of Richard Malik

Big Island: Rat Lungworm Threatens Animals — Especially Puppies

Veterinarians are seeing a lot of cases involving dogs. The disease is treatable — maybe even preventable — but it’s expensive.

Big Island: Geothermal Plant And Its Neighbors Have Clashed For Decades Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency

Big Island: Geothermal Plant And Its Neighbors Have Clashed For Decades

Lava flows threaten the plant’s destruction along with the property of many who have complained about the facility.

Big Island: What All This Talk About The Volcanic Eruption Really Means Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: What All This Talk About The Volcanic Eruption Really Means

Our Big Island correspondent takes issue with the way some media outlets are juicing up the coverage of Kilauea’s continuing eruption.

Big Island: How Land Schemes Turned Lava Fields Into Subdivisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island: How Land Schemes Turned Lava Fields Into Subdivisions

Affordable housing in the fast-growing Puna area comes with a big risk — several communities have been wiped out by earlier lava flows.

Big Island: Eye In The Sky And Earthbound Gadgetry Track The Lava’s Flow U.S Geological Service/AP

Big Island: Eye In The Sky And Earthbound Gadgetry Track The Lava’s Flow

Scientists explain the pink clouds, frequent earthquakes and magma that disappeared from a cinder cone and reappeared in a subdivision.

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.