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Jason Armstrong

Jason Armstrong has reported extensively for both of Hawaii Island’s daily newspapers. He was a public information officer/grant writer for the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation from 2012 to 2016 and has lived in Hilo since 1987. Email Jason at jarmstrong@civilbeat.org
Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry Courtesy of D. Joaquin

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry

The island’s only full-service slaughterhouse has quit taking smaller animals, leaving farmers, butchers and lovers of fresh kalua pork with no place to turn.

Big Island: Hamakua Flood Victims Feel Overshadowed By Lava Disaster Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Hamakua Flood Victims Feel Overshadowed By Lava Disaster

When Hurricane Lane dumped torrents of rain on this stretch of coastline, attention was still focused on volcanic eruptions.

Big Island: Hawaiians Step Up For Sacred Park In Face Of Shutdown Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Hawaiians Step Up For Sacred Park In Face Of Shutdown

Cultural practitioners who have long revered and protected Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park are redoubling their efforts.

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes

Hawaii County tacks a 0.25 percent surcharge onto the general excise tax and considers going higher.

Big Island: The Vog Is Gone — For The First Time In Decades Courtesy of Lance Owens

Big Island: The Vog Is Gone — For The First Time In Decades

Kilauea didn’t just stop spewing lava. It ceased emissions that have been constant since 1983.

Big Island:  Making Food More Affordable For The Hungry Courtesy of The Food Basket Inc.

Big Island: Making Food More Affordable For The Hungry

Nearly 13 percent of Hawaii Island residents are “food insecure,” according to the USDA — well above the statewide average.

Big Island: County’s New Pitch To State Seeks $150M For Lava Damage Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: County’s New Pitch To State Seeks $150M For Lava Damage

Mayor Harry Kim prepares to ask for far less than he initially sought. He blames the discrepancy on “a lot of miscommunication on my part.”

Big Island: Puna Park Cut Off By Lava Reopens, Attracting Hundreds Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Puna Park Cut Off By Lava Reopens, Attracting Hundreds

“They needed something to feel good about,” said Mayor Harry Kim of the locals who showed up in Pohoiki on Thursday.

Big Island: This Showcase Rec Center Was Another Victim Of Eruptions Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: This Showcase Rec Center Was Another Victim Of Eruptions

Park facilities require longterm repairs after they housed Kilauea lava evacuees for more than four months.

Big Island: Proposed Biofuel Plant Faces $100M Deadline Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Proposed Biofuel Plant Faces $100M Deadline

Some residents and environmental groups continue fighting the conversion of an old coal-powered plant into a wood-burning facility.

Big Island: ‘Punatics’ Look To Start Rebuilding After The Lava Damage Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: ‘Punatics’ Look To Start Rebuilding After The Lava Damage

Hawaii County officials are fast-tracking the permitting of new package homes or repairs of ones damaged during Kilauea eruption.

Big Island: Vacation Rental Ban Could Be ‘The Final Death Blow’ For Puna Screenshot taken from VRBO.

Big Island: Vacation Rental Ban Could Be ‘The Final Death Blow’ For Puna

Critics argue these rentals are one of the few economic bright spots in the lava-ravaged district.