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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: FEMA Wants Its Money Back For Aid To Volcano Victims Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: FEMA Wants Its Money Back For Aid To Volcano Victims

FEMA says the agency is required to review disaster assistance payments to ensure the money doesn’t duplicate other assistance, wasn’t inappropriately spent or was provided in error.

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles

Like everywhere else in the state, Hawaii County is looking for solutions to the increasingly costly problem of people leaving their junkers on the side of the road.

Big Island: How To Keep Tourists Coming After The Eruption Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: How To Keep Tourists Coming After The Eruption

Millions of dollars are being spent to promote non-volcanic attractions, but some of them aren’t equipped to handle more visitors.

Big Island: Hawaii’s New Generation Of Women Canoe Carvers Courtesy of Dino Morrow

Big Island: Hawaii’s New Generation Of Women Canoe Carvers

Thanks to a grant, 22 women are constructing a replica of an outrigger canoe that Queen Kapiolani donated to the Smithsonian in 1888.

Big Island: Lava Evacuees Are Moving Home Despite County’s Slow Pace Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Lava Evacuees Are Moving Home Despite County’s Slow Pace

Puna Geothermal Venture has helped out by opening a road for some residents to use.

Big Island: Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Is A $6 Million Bonanza Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Is A $6 Million Bonanza

The annual event draws throngs of people to Hilo and “it’s getting bigger,” said the chief organizer.

Big Island: Sunscreen Ban May Come Too Late For Popular Snorkeling Spot Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Big Island: Sunscreen Ban May Come Too Late For Popular Snorkeling Spot

Tests detect high levels of oxybenzone, which is toxic to coral, at Kahaluu Beach Park. A ban on the chemical starts in 2021.

Big Island: Specialty License Plates A Big Moneymaker For Damaged Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Big Island: Specialty License Plates A Big Moneymaker For Damaged Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and, to a lesser extent, Haleakala National Park, are benefitting from the state-authorized program.

Big Island: Airport-Style Security Comes To Hilo Hospital After Stabbings Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Airport-Style Security Comes To Hilo Hospital After Stabbings

A man attacked four employees last month, and now the emergency room has adopted measures usually found in bigger cities.

Big Island: ‘All This Crime Happening In My Backyard’ Flickr.com/Tex Texin

Big Island: ‘All This Crime Happening In My Backyard’

A rash of shootings and stabbings has Hawaii County police scrambling and residents on edge.

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.