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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: 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.

Big Island: UH’s New Rules Would Bring Big Changes Atop Mauna Kea Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: UH’s New Rules Would Bring Big Changes Atop Mauna Kea

The university wants to keep private vehicles off the summit and require permits for big gatherings.

Big Island: You Need To Be Tough To Explore These New Volcanic Beaches Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: You Need To Be Tough To Explore These New Volcanic Beaches

Kilauea volcano created a dramatic new landscape including black-sand beaches. But “it’s a rough walk” to get there.

Big Island: Waipio Valley’s Beauty, Danger And Uncertain Future Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Waipio Valley’s Beauty, Danger And Uncertain Future

A waterfall, a black sand beach and a spectacular descent make this place an all-too-popular destination for tourists.