Peter Serafin

Peter Serafin was the editor of Hawaii Island Journal. He worked in Tokyo as a reporter for The Japan Times and Billboard magazine, and has written for numerous other publications both domestically and abroad. He lives on Hawaii Island. Contact Peter at pserafin@civilbeat.org.
Big Island Fire Exceeds 3,000 Acres And Still Out Of Control Peter Serafin/Civil Beat

Big Island Fire Exceeds 3,000 Acres And Still Out Of Control

Hawaii County firefighters can’t access the blaze in a remote and rugged part of the island. They are waiting for it to get to an accessible area to begin containment efforts.

These Big Island Residents Are Trying To Keep Remote Beaches Safe And Sanitary Peter Serafin/Civil Beat

These Big Island Residents Are Trying To Keep Remote Beaches Safe And Sanitary

Illegal campers are flocking to beaches that have no county police to enforce shutdown orders.

Are Hawaii Officials Going Too Far in Restricting Access to Pahoa Lava Flow? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Hawaii Officials Going Too Far in Restricting Access to Pahoa Lava Flow?

A new Hawaii law giving local authorities broad powers during natural disasters has journalists questioning why they are being kept out of the area. Officials cite safety concerns.