Civil Beat Topics

Big island

‘I Thought I Was Dying’: Injured Tourist Recalls Hawaii Lava Blast AP

‘I Thought I Was Dying’: Injured Tourist Recalls Hawaii Lava Blast

The 20-year-old woman from Illinois suffered a broken thigh bone and pelvis, as well as several other injuries.

Murder Defendant Mistakenly Released Is Now Back In Custody Hawaii Dept. of Public Safety

Murder Defendant Mistakenly Released Is Now Back In Custody

Updated:Hawaii County police said Brian Lee Smith called them from a pay phone Thursday night to turn himself in.

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School Courtesy Josh DeWeerd

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School

Ka’u Learning Academy had its charter revoked after multiple violations, but there were plenty of red flags from the beginning.

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race Courtesy of Jen Ruggles

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race

The departure leaves two newcomers who emphasize agriculture and sustainability facing off for the seat.

Lava Flies Through Roof Of Tour Boat, Injuring 23 Hawaii DLNR

Lava Flies Through Roof Of Tour Boat, Injuring 23

UPDATED: A 20-year-old woman was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone. 

Big Island: Why The State Wants You To Quit Driving To This Popular Beach Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Why The State Wants You To Quit Driving To This Popular Beach

You can bump along rutted roads to Green Sands beach, the southernmost point in the United States, but that’s about to change.

Big Island: The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking

Volcano Village’s residents and businesses are coping with frequent earthquakes and the closure of the nearby national park.

Big Island: Tallying The Growing Cost Of A Multimillion-Dollar Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Tallying The Growing Cost Of A Multimillion-Dollar Eruption

Taxpayers have spent nearly $10 million, not counting damage to roads and parks. The value of private property lost, damaged or isolated is $372 million.

Mental Health Is Another Casualty In The Ongoing Volcanic Eruption Contributed by: Kent Andersen

Mental Health Is Another Casualty In The Ongoing Volcanic Eruption

The state health department is staffing shelters and opening clinics to help people affected by the disaster.

Big Island: Puna Residents Set Up This Awesome Center For Volcano Refugees Courtesy of Ke'ala Martins-Keliihoomalu

Big Island: Puna Residents Set Up This Awesome Center For Volcano Refugees

With no end to the disaster in sight, the “Hub” serves up food, supplies, hot showers, massages and a chance to talk story.

Big Island: Council Rejects Tax Hike To Replace Revenue Lost To Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Council Rejects Tax Hike To Replace Revenue Lost To Eruption

The increase would’ve generated about $25 million a year. Instead, the 5-4 vote means service cuts are likely.

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption

The lava is doing a number on counterculture havens, and it’s hard to imagine some of these “Punatics” fitting in anywhere else.

July 2018

Tuesday, July 31

‘I Thought I Was Dying’: Injured Tourist Recalls Hawaii Lava Blast

Thursday, July 26

Murder Defendant Mistakenly Released Is Now Back In Custody

Thursday, July 19

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School

Big Island: Incumbent’s Surprise Withdrawal Opens Up Council Race

Monday, July 16

Lava Flies Through Roof Of Tour Boat, Injuring 23

Friday, July 6

Big Island: Why The State Wants You To Quit Driving To This Popular Beach

Thursday, July 5

Big Island: The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking

June 2018

Friday, June 29

Big Island: Tallying The Growing Cost Of A Multimillion-Dollar Eruption

Mental Health Is Another Casualty In The Ongoing Volcanic Eruption

Wednesday, June 27

Big Island: Puna Residents Set Up This Awesome Center For Volcano Refugees

Tuesday, June 19

Big Island: Council Rejects Tax Hike To Replace Revenue Lost To Eruption

Monday, June 18

Big Island: Hawaii’s Last Hippie Holdouts May Not Survive The Eruption

Friday, June 15

Big Island Mayor Harry Kim Has Another Bout Of Pneumonia

Eruption Brings Back Memories For Those Who Were In Lava’s Path Before

Thursday, June 14

Big Island: Distant Eruption Has Major Impact On Kona-Kohala Coast

Tuesday, June 12

Vog From Kilauea Increases The Need For Classroom Air Conditioning

Thursday, June 7

New Coastline Emerges As Kilauea Pumps More Lava To The Sea

Scientists Reap Data From The Rumbling Kilauea Volcano

Wednesday, June 6

Entire Neighborhood Vanishes As Lava Gushes In

Tuesday, June 5

Hundreds Of Additional Homes Lost To Lava

Monday, June 4

Lava Has Now Destroyed 117 Big Island Homes

Big Island: Volcano Evacuees Create ‘A Community Within A Community’

Friday, June 1

Lava Burns Two Buildings At Geothermal Plant

May 2018

Thursday, May 24

‘Eerie’ Blue Flames Burn In Cracks Caused By Kilauea Lava Flows

Tuesday, May 22

Workers Scramble To Seal Wells At Geothermal Plant Threatened By Lava

Monday, May 21

Big Island Lava Flows Reach Site Of Geothermal Plant

Saturday, May 19

Big Island Lava Flows Destroy 4 More Homes

Friday, May 18

4 Residents Airlifted After Hawaii Lava Flows Isolates More Homes

Scientists Unsure When Kilauea Volcano Will Go Quiet

Thursday, May 17

Kilauea Volcano Sends Ash Plume 30,000 Feet Into The Air

Wednesday, May 16

Earthquakes Batter Roads As More Ash Spews From Kilauea

What It’s Like Spending Three Days Watching A Volcano

Big Island: The Volcano Is Wiping Out Property Values And County Coffers

Monday, May 14

Big Island: How Land Schemes Turned Lava Fields Into Subdivisions

Sunday, May 13

SLIDESHOW: The Big Island Volcano’s Newest Eruptions

Friday, May 11

Trump Grants Disaster Assistance For Big Island

Big Island, Kauai Medical Pot Shops Still Waiting

Thursday, May 10

Slideshow: Life in the The Big Island’s Lava Zone

Big Island Volcano Could Spew Boulders The Size Of Refrigerators

Wednesday, May 9

Ige Calls For Federal Disaster Declaration On Big Island

Federal Geologists: Hawaii Volcano Could Have Explosive Eruption

Tuesday, May 8

Volcanic Gases Prompt Door-To-Door Evacuations On Big Island

Wednesday, May 2

Underground Magma On The Move As Quakes Rattle Volcano

April 2018

Wednesday, April 25

A ‘Descendants’-Style Land Feud Breaks Out On The Big Island

Monday, April 2

Kanaka Rangers: It’s Time To Move Forward With Hawaiian Homesteads

March 2018

Friday, March 30

Big Island: Vendors Are Dripping In Hilo As Farmers’ Market Weathers Political Storm

Tuesday, March 27

Alan McNarie: Futuristic Spaceport Gets Chilly Big Island Reception

Monday, March 12

Crowing Roosters Are Driving Some People Crazy On The Big Island

February 2018

Friday, February 2

Alan McNarie: This Nuke Plan Would Have Turned Hawaii Upside Down

January 2018

Wednesday, January 3

Alan McNarie: The Hazards Of Swimming Near A Sewage Plant

November 2017

Monday, November 20

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii

September 2017

Monday, September 18

Alan McNarie: Wait For Drug Treatment On Big Island Can Stretch Months

Monday, September 11

Lawsuit: Hawaii County Police Used Stun Gun On Wrong Man

July 2017

Monday, July 17

Alan McNarie: Big Island Crime Problems Seem Bigger On Social Media

Monday, July 10

Bret Yager: Well Failures Leave Hawaii County Facing Water Cutbacks

June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

Big Island Dairy Sued Over Water Pollution Concerns

Thursday, June 15

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island

May 2017

Monday, May 8

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money

April 2017

Thursday, April 13

Will Popular Big Island Trail Someday Get Toilets?

March 2017

Thursday, March 23

Bret Yager: Scientists Say There’s Hope For Dying Ohia Trees

Monday, March 20

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers?

January 2017

Tuesday, January 31

How A Big Island Family’s Tragedy Is Saving Lives Today

November 2016

Tuesday, November 1

Kenoi Found Not Guilty

October 2016

Monday, October 3

Reader Rep: Was Civil Beat Right To Publish The Billy Kenoi Party Video?

September 2016

Monday, September 26

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media

Thursday, September 22

Profanity-Laced Video Shows Mayor Partying Hard At Conference Party

Friday, September 16

State Investigating Placement Of Human Remains At TMT Site

The Projector: Close Encounters With Molten Lava

August 2016

Saturday, August 13

Harry Kim Wins Big Island Mayor Race

Thursday, August 11

Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels?

Tuesday, August 2

$3.7M To Fight Diseases

July 2016

Wednesday, July 27

The Ghost In The Big Island’s Political Machine

June 2016

Monday, June 6

Big Island’s New Marine Reserve Was A Long Time Coming

March 2016

Wednesday, March 16

Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy

January 2016

Tuesday, January 12

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

Monday, January 4

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island

November 2015

Tuesday, November 10

Poll: Half Of Native Hawaiians Still Oppose Building The TMT

June 2015

Tuesday, June 9

Ohia Disease on Big Island Poses Threat to Native Forests Statewide

April 2015

Monday, April 20

Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant

Monday, April 13

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public?

Thursday, April 9

Charge Card Abuse: Big Island Mayor Resignation Is Appropriate

Thursday, April 2

Peter Apo: Mauna Kea Under Siege

November 2012

Monday, November 5

Hawaii County: Kenoi Narrowly Beats Kim In Mayor’s Race

October 2012

Wednesday, October 3

State Officials Will Oversee Voting On Nov. 6 In Hawaii County

December 2011

Thursday, December 22

Hawaii County Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

November 2011

Tuesday, November 22

Abercrombie Wants Hawaii Reapportionment Plan ‘Corrected’

October 2011

Friday, October 14

New Plan for Hawaii Legislative Districts Draws Second Lawsuit

Tuesday, October 11

Big Island Democrats Challenge Redistricting Plan in Supreme Court

Monday, October 10

Hawaii Ag Officials Hope to Save Coffee Farms from Spreading Beetle Scourge

July 2011

Saturday, July 23

Hawaii Coffee Farmers Call for Nationwide Boycott of Safeway Stores

Friday, July 1

Supreme Court Ruling Could End Public Financing Pilot in Hawaii

May 2011

Friday, May 27

‘Strong, Swift Action’ Needed to Control Big Island Deer

Tuesday, May 24

Big Island Plans Response to Deer Sightings

April 2011

Tuesday, April 12

Trash Covers Hawaii Beach, and More’s Coming

Monday, April 11

Trace Levels of Radiation Detected in Hawaii Milk

March 2011

Tuesday, March 29

Lava-Sparked Hawaii Wildfire Mostly Contained

Friday, March 25

Hawaii Seeks $30M In Federal Aid For Big Island Tsunami Damage

Thursday, March 24

Firefighters Have Trouble Reaching Lava-Sparked Hawaii Wildfire

Wednesday, March 23

Lava-Sparked Wildfire Threatens Hawaii Forest With Endangered Species

Saturday, March 19

Tsunami Damage Closes Hawaii Resort Indefinitely

Thursday, March 17

PHOTOS: Tsunami Leaves Hawaii Home On The Reef

Wednesday, March 16

Planning for Disaster on Big Island of Hawaii

Tuesday, March 15

Japan-Level Tsunami Damage Unlikely in Hawaii

Big Island a Victim of Tsunami ‘Bad Luck’

Monday, March 7

VIDEO: Hot Lava! Volcano Erupts At Hawaii’s Kilauea

February 2011

Tuesday, February 15

Lava Lake Rises on Hawaii’s Kilauea

Friday, February 4

Hawaii Donkeys Escape Castration…For Now

January 2011

Thursday, January 13

Kokubun Back in Senate, Pitching for Opposing Team

December 2010

Wednesday, December 15

Hawaii’s Volcanoes Could be World’s Shallowest

November 2010

Tuesday, November 23

Coffee Quarantine A Go, Chemicals Optional

Thursday, November 18

I Say ‘Quarantine,’ You Say ‘Protective Measures’

Tuesday, November 16

Will Big Island Gain a House District?

Monday, November 15

Share Your Own Stories of Aloha for Thanksgiving