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The Tragic Life And Death Of A Hilo Homeless Woman Paula Dobbyn/Civil Beat/2023

The Tragic Life And Death Of A Hilo Homeless Woman

The woman who died in a Banyan tree fire last month was once an award-winning coffee farmer. But she struggled with mental illness.

‘It’s Ridiculous’: Public Grows Frustrated By Lack Of Fresh Water At Popular Big Island Beach Cameron Miculka/Civil Beat/2021

‘It’s Ridiculous’: Public Grows Frustrated By Lack Of Fresh Water At Popular Big Island Beach

DLNR has tried to fix the waterline at least 40 times over the past four years at Hapuna Beach.

Hawaii Supreme Court Grills Hu Honua In Latest Appeal David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Hawaii Supreme Court Grills Hu Honua In Latest Appeal

The two-hour hearing delved into the tree-burning power project's legal claims after the PUC denied its permit.

‘I Feel Like They Murdered 25 Years Of My Life’ AP/2023

‘I Feel Like They Murdered 25 Years Of My Life’

Freed after decades in prison for a wrongful murder conviction, a Hawaii man reflects on his case and his future.

Fentanyl Test Strips Save Lives. Why Are They Illegal In Hawaii? Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fentanyl Test Strips Save Lives. Why Are They Illegal In Hawaii?

State Sen. Joy San Buenaventura plans to introduce a bill this session to decriminalize the test strips as Hawaii confronts more overdoses.
Banyan Tree Wasp Infestation Highlights Urban Decay In Hilo Waterfront Paula Dobbyn/Civil Beat/2023

Banyan Tree Wasp Infestation Highlights Urban Decay In Hilo Waterfront

The plight of some 50 banyan trees near downtown Hilo puts a spotlight on Banyan Drive's deeper, longstanding troubles.
Air Ambulance Crash Exposes Vulnerability In Neighbor Island Health Care David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Air Ambulance Crash Exposes Vulnerability In Neighbor Island Health Care

As a statewide emergency order ends, the governor and other doctors say more services are needed to reduce the dependency on medical air transport.

Kilauea Volcano Erupts Again Inside Summit Crater AP/2021

Kilauea Volcano Erupts Again Inside Summit Crater

The summit is inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and away from residential communities.
The Big Island Is Confronting A Big Problem With Fentanyl Courtesy: Kimo Alameda/2022

The Big Island Is Confronting A Big Problem With Fentanyl

One person dies every 11 days on the island from a drug overdose. A growing majority of those deaths involve the powerful, synthetic opioid fentanyl.