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Allan Parachini

Allan Parachini is Civil Beat’s Kauai columnist. Indulging a passion he first developed 35 years ago, he makes furniture in Kilauea, on the island’s North Shore. He is represented by the Halelea and Black Pearl Galleries on Kauai.

But before furniture, he had two previous careers. From 1965 to 1991, he was a reporter for newspapers and wire services, primarily in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. He was a medical writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for 13 years. From 1991 until 2010, he held headed public affairs operations at the ACLU of Southern California, the California Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Allan is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and held a fellowship in drug abuse reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He was an adjunct instructor in public relations, reporting and news writing at Northwestern University, Occidental College, DePaul University, the University of Southern California and Cal State Los Angeles.

He’s a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, PEN America, the Furniture Society and the Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods Network. He serves on the board of the nonprofit Hawaii Forest Industry Association. His wife, Gina Lobaco, is a fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy.

His furniture emphasizes native Hawaiian woods, usually combined with upcycled materials from items like forklift pallets and shipping crates.

He’s interested in stories that illustrate, if only in a small way, challenges—political, social and other—the island faces and what events today may imply about Kauai’s future.

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle Courtesy of Rebekah Magers

Kauai: The Pig Man Of The Garden Isle

Nic Barca doesn’t just hunt pigs. He’s the resident scholar of all things porcine on the island.

How Many Kids In Hawaii Have Been Vaccinated? The State Doesn’t Know Getty Images/iStockphoto

How Many Kids In Hawaii Have Been Vaccinated? The State Doesn’t Know

The state Department of Health says a high percentage of schools haven’t reported the number of kindergarten students who’ve received vaccination waivers.

Kauai: Here’s A Place That Got Pounded With 519 Inches Of Rain Last Year Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Kauai: Here’s A Place That Got Pounded With 519 Inches Of Rain Last Year

The island’s highest point received monumental precipitation in 2018, and it wasn’t even ground zero for the rain bomb that caused April flooding.

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kauai: Picking Up The Pieces After Big Disasters

After last year’s big flood and hurricane damage, two local communities are finding their footing with disaster plans tailored for their areas.

Kauai: World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Relies On A Flock Of Sheep AES Distributed Energy

Kauai: World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Relies On A Flock Of Sheep

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is far ahead of the statewide schedule for conversion to alternative energy sources for producing electricity.

Kauai: Tourists Keep Coming To Queen’s Bath Despite The Deadly Danger Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Tourists Keep Coming To Queen’s Bath Despite The Deadly Danger

The county and a community association try to discourage visitors, especially during the wettest months, but tour books point the way.

Kauai: Zuckerberg Could Still Absorb Tiny Parcels Into His Estate Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Zuckerberg Could Still Absorb Tiny Parcels Into His Estate

The Facebook founder said he would no longer try to acquire “kuleana” parcels held by families for generations on Kauai’s North Shore, but now they’re being auctioned off.

Kauai: Wash Off Those Invasive Species After A Hike Or Backcountry Drive Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Wash Off Those Invasive Species After A Hike Or Backcountry Drive

A few precautions can prevent the spread of undesirable plants and critters, ecotourism operators are told. But the advice applies to everyone.

Kauai: Tiny Radio Station Spreads Its Show Islandwide — And Beyond Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: Tiny Radio Station Spreads Its Show Islandwide — And Beyond

KKCR, which started broadcasting from the North Shore in 1994 and manages to stay on the air 24/7 with a paid staff of five and some volunteers, is trying to build a statewide audience.

Kauai: On A Now Empty Beach, Signs Of Nature’s Comeback Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: On A Now Empty Beach, Signs Of Nature’s Comeback

Kee Beach, once nearly loved to death by tourists, is now a place of solitude after last spring’s punishing storms cut it off from the rest of the island.

Kauai: How The Island’s ‘Hyde Park’ Became A Magnet For Protests Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: How The Island’s ‘Hyde Park’ Became A Magnet For Protests

Demonstrations like the March for Science and the Women’s March sometimes attract more than 500 participants at a grassy spot outside the airport.

Kauai: The End Of An Era For Election Day Polling Places Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Kauai: The End Of An Era For Election Day Polling Places

When the Garden’s Isle’s 14 precinct stations shut down Tuesday night, it might have been for the last time. An all-mail ballot experiment begins in 2020.