When it comes to hazardous materials, officials are often unsure where the sites are or what they’d do in an emergency.
During the Cold War, attack preparations were proposed that called for interisland evacuations and commandeering of property.
A Big Island group documented at least 10 cases of infections contracted by people swimming near industrial sites.
A Hilo store stopped selling some trees after complaints they harbored little fire ants. And they aren’t the only tiny holiday invaders.
Many of the disease’s more severe cases are popping up on the Big Island, where the resident expert prefers an aggressive approach.
Promising work at the University of Hawaii Hilo is drastically underfunded while $1 million is spent on public education about the disease.
Protesters decry “dirty tourism” during a demonstration outside the Hilo airport. “It’s never been this bad,” said a County Council member.