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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: 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.”

Big Island: Other Spaceport Plans Crashed — Will This One Fly? Courtesy of Alaska Aerospace

Big Island: Other Spaceport Plans Crashed — Will This One Fly?

The site of a proposed launch pad in Puna has not been revealed, but a preliminary possibility is described as “east or northeast of the macadamia nut farm.”

Big Island: No Aloha At These Rough And Tumble Neighborhood Meetings Courtesy of Melissa Fletcher

Big Island: No Aloha At These Rough And Tumble Neighborhood Meetings

Community associations around Hawaii County are charged with tasks such as maintaining roads in substandard subdivisions, and no one oversees them.

Big Island: Council Finalists Talk About Homelessness And Housing

Big Island: Council Finalists Talk About Homelessness And Housing

Rebecca Villegas and Kelly Drysdale are facing off to represent a district where many workers cannot afford to live.

Big Island: Why A New Beach Created By Lava May Doom A Popular Boat Ramp DLNR

Big Island: Why A New Beach Created By Lava May Doom A Popular Boat Ramp

Pohoiki was home to a ramp heavily used by fishermen. Now officials must decide whether to restore it or preserve a black sand beach.

Big Island: Residents Say Dairy Is Still Polluting Their Small Town Courtesy of Charlie Tebbutt

Big Island: Residents Say Dairy Is Still Polluting Their Small Town

Court filings say discharges of wastewater are continuing even though the company is under an order to stop it.

Big Island: The Lessons Learned In Puna As Lava Shelters Shut Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island: The Lessons Learned In Puna As Lava Shelters Shut Down

Public agencies and private organizations devised massive relief efforts, but “they knew a lot less about living rough than we did,” said one evacuee.

Big Island: As Fire And Lava Diminish, Volcano Village Still Struggles Photo courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Big Island: As Fire And Lava Diminish, Volcano Village Still Struggles

Transportation questions loom large as residents and the national park try to navigate a return to normalcy.

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.