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: Newly Elected Council Members Face A County In Turmoil Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Newly Elected Council Members Face A County In Turmoil

Most of the leadership lineup is set after the primary, and big challenges lie ahead in dealing with the volcanic eruption.

Big Island: Hawaii’s Queen Bees Help Feed The World Courtesy of Karen Olivarez/Karrus Queens

Big Island: Hawaii’s Queen Bees Help Feed The World

Kona produces more than famous coffee. Its Captain Cook region is the perfect spot for raising highly sought queen bees.

Big Island: Last Time Hawaii Had Lava Refugees, It Built A Ghost Town Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Last Time Hawaii Had Lava Refugees, It Built A Ghost Town

After Kalapana was devastated in the 1980s, the state laid out a new subdivision complete with utilities. But only now are a few people moving in.

Big Island: Does Anyone Really Miss The Puna Geothermal Plant? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Does Anyone Really Miss The Puna Geothermal Plant?

Hawaii Electric Light Co. has plenty of power despite the shutdown of the plant which was damaged by lava.

Big Island: Why The State Wants You To Quit Driving To This Popular Beach Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Why The State Wants You To Quit Driving To This Popular Beach

You can bump along rutted roads to Green Sands beach, the southernmost point in the United States, but that’s about to change.

Big Island: Tallying The Growing Cost Of A Multimillion-Dollar Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Tallying The Growing Cost Of A Multimillion-Dollar Eruption

Taxpayers have spent nearly $10 million, not counting damage to roads and parks. The value of private property lost, damaged or isolated is $372 million.

Big Island: Council Rejects Tax Hike To Replace Revenue Lost To Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Council Rejects Tax Hike To Replace Revenue Lost To Eruption

The increase would’ve generated about $25 million a year. Instead, the 5-4 vote means service cuts are likely.

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption

The lava is doing a number on counterculture havens, and it’s hard to imagine some of these “Punatics” fitting in anywhere else.

Big Island: Volcano Evacuees Create ‘A Community Within A Community’

Big Island: Volcano Evacuees Create ‘A Community Within A Community’

More than 200 evacuees are staying at a regional recreational center in Pahoa, with some living in tents and vehicles.

Lava Speeds Up And Forces More Evacuations As Despair Grows Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Lava Speeds Up And Forces More Evacuations As Despair Grows

More refugees are likely headed for the Pahoa Community Center, where hundreds already reside. Some have been there for weeks.

Kilauea Eruption Wreaks Havoc On Farms In Several Ways Courtesy of Beverly Tuaolo

Kilauea Eruption Wreaks Havoc On Farms In Several Ways

In addition to lava flows, plants have been burned by toxic gases and irrigation systems have been damaged.

Big Island: It’s Nearly Impossible To Find A Place To Rent These Days Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: It’s Nearly Impossible To Find A Place To Rent These Days

Lava refugees, forced from their homes by the volcano, are squeezing into every available space.