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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
Hilo Hospital Sees Big Drop In Patients — And Revenue — Amid Pandemic Courtesy of Hilo Medical Center

Hilo Hospital Sees Big Drop In Patients — And Revenue — Amid Pandemic

Total admissions have shrunk by a third, causing a significant financial shortfall.

Artists Are Trying To Survive In This Tiny Big Island Town Courtesy of Ira Ono

Artists Are Trying To Survive In This Tiny Big Island Town

The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down galleries and the theater that are a big part of Volcano’s economy. But artists are innovating to get by.

Big Island: Proposed Aquarium Fishing Ban Appears Dead In The  Legislature Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Big Island: Proposed Aquarium Fishing Ban Appears Dead In The Legislature

A bill that would have banned aquarium fishing was tabled by lawmakers before the session was suspended due to coronavirus concerns.

Big Island: The $14 Million Jail Improvement Project Nobody Seems To Want

Big Island: The $14 Million Jail Improvement Project Nobody Seems To Want

State corrections officials, who unsuccessfully sought funding to build a new facility, are proposing construction of an annex to the overcrowded Hilo jail.

Big Island: Council OKs Ban On Roundup And Other Herbicides On County Land Alan McNarie

Big Island: Council OKs Ban On Roundup And Other Herbicides On County Land

Mayor Harry Kim hasn’t yet publicly announced whether he’ll sign the recently passed bill.

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.