Contributor

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: 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.

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.