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Even though the power facility damaged by last year’s lava flows is expected to be “operational” by year’s end, it’s facing challenges.
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.
Hawaii County tacks a 0.25 percent surcharge onto the general excise tax and considers going higher.
Video: A Civil Beat documentary chronicles the spectacular and destructive power of the four-month-long Kilauea eruption.
Nearly 13 percent of Hawaii Island residents are “food insecure,” according to the USDA — well above the statewide average.
Hawaii health officials say the diary, which was fined for spilling nearly 8 million gallons of wastewater this summer, is pumping out nearly 800,000 gallons in the latest incident.
There used to be 160 dairies in Hawaii. Only two remain, and one plans to close, meaning Hawaii could end up importing all of its milk.
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.”
Some residents and environmental groups continue fighting the conversion of an old coal-powered plant into a wood-burning facility.
A lawsuit filed last year alleged repeated spills and runoff of cattle manure, cattle urine and other waste from Big Island Dairy violated federal laws.
Hawaii County officials are fast-tracking the permitting of new package homes or repairs of ones damaged during Kilauea eruption.
Critics argue these rentals are one of the few economic bright spots in the lava-ravaged district.