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‘We Don’t Give Up’: Identifying America’s Long-Lost Soldiers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Don’t Give Up’: Identifying America’s Long-Lost Soldiers

The POW/MIA forensic lab in Hawaii has more than 1,400 service members who have been missing in action, some for decades.

Suicide Attempt Or Hate Crime? A Family Searches For An Elusive Truth Contributed by the Salazar family

Suicide Attempt Or Hate Crime? A Family Searches For An Elusive Truth

Police say the Kaiser grad leapt out the window of a moving train in an attempted suicide. His Hawaii family says he was targeted for being gay.

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide? Flicker.com

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide?

UPDATED: Pediatrician’s attorney calls allegations against her ‘completely baseless’

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea

A plume of phytoplankton off the coast of Puna was spotted from space. Now scientists take advantage of a unique opportunity to study lava as “fertilizer.”

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races Allan Pararchini/Civil Beat

Kawakami, Victorino Leading In Kauai, Maui Mayor Races

Maui’s Victorino and Kauai’s Kawakami lead in the most recent returns for mayor, while dozens of county council seats get fresh blood.

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore Larry Loos/Flickr

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.

How Sen. Mazie Hirono Hopes To Save Hawaii’s Endangered Plants Bryce Johnson/FLUX Hawaii

How Sen. Mazie Hirono Hopes To Save Hawaii’s Endangered Plants

A Senate bill would promote the hiring of more federal botanists and encourage the use of native plants in federal projects.

How Primary Care Docs Are Learning To Treat Mental Illness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Primary Care Docs Are Learning To Treat Mental Illness

ECHO Hawaii, a new digital learning program, connects psychiatric experts with local doctors.

Mental Health Is Another Casualty In The Ongoing Volcanic Eruption Contributed by: Kent Andersen

Mental Health Is Another Casualty In The Ongoing Volcanic Eruption

The state health department is staffing shelters and opening clinics to help people affected by the disaster.

Law Enforcement’s Struggle To Help Honolulu’s Mentally Ill PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Law Enforcement’s Struggle To Help Honolulu’s Mentally Ill

Even with assistance from police psychologists, some emotionally disturbed residents keep officers returning again and again.

Workers Scramble To Seal Wells At Geothermal Plant Threatened By Lava Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Workers Scramble To Seal Wells At Geothermal Plant Threatened By Lava

“There are many unpredictable things that could happen,” says the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Big Island Lava Flows Reach Site Of Geothermal Plant USGS

Big Island Lava Flows Reach Site Of Geothermal Plant

A naturally occurring berm has so far halted the flow’s advance, but officials warn if the lava does hit the plant’s underground wells it could trigger the release of poisonous gases.