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Tom Hasslinger

Tom Hasslinger is a freelance journalist who lives in Kailua-Kona.
Hawaii County Races: Mayor Kim Loses Bid For Another Term Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Races: Mayor Kim Loses Bid For Another Term

Waltjen dominated the pack for prosecutor and incumbents are on track to keep their council seats.

Hawaii County Prosecutor Race: 3 Attorneys Seek An Open Seat Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Prosecutor Race: 3 Attorneys Seek An Open Seat

Longtime county prosecutor Mitch Roth is giving up the seat to run for mayor.

Big Island Mayoral Candidate Arrested For Assault Jason Armstrong

Big Island Mayoral Candidate Arrested For Assault

The bizarre incident took place in a Home Depot parking lot last month.

Big Island Mayor’s Race Could Hinge On Winning The Leeward Vote Getty Images/iStockphoto

Big Island Mayor’s Race Could Hinge On Winning The Leeward Vote

More than a dozen candidates are vying to unseat Mayor Harry Kim and lead the county through the economic crisis.

Hawaii County Will Review Its Police Practices In Wake Of Protests Jason Armstrong

Hawaii County Will Review Its Police Practices In Wake Of Protests

The review will be performed by the department itself and experts such as training instructors.

Big Island Fire Department Scrambles To Plug A Budget Hole Tom Hasslinger

Big Island Fire Department Scrambles To Plug A Budget Hole

The state’s economic crash hit the department hard. But leaders are confident they can find money to keep lifeguards at popular Hapuna Beach on the job.

The Pandemic Is Proving Too Much For Some Big Island Businesses Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat

The Pandemic Is Proving Too Much For Some Big Island Businesses

Kona is emerging from weeks of being shutdown but already the business landscape is looking different.

Big Island Luxury Homeowners Could Be On The Hook For County Budget Shortfall Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat

Big Island Luxury Homeowners Could Be On The Hook For County Budget Shortfall

Fair or not, owners of high-end homes are being asked to fill a Hawaii County budget hole caused by the coronavirus.