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Hawaii County Leading The Way On Climate Change Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Leading The Way On Climate Change

Local governments around the world are stepping up and showing that they can achieve serious collective actions.

Big Island: The $14 Million Jail Improvement Project Nobody Seems To Want

Big Island: The $14 Million Jail Improvement Project Nobody Seems To Want

State corrections officials, who unsuccessfully sought funding to build a new facility, are proposing construction of an annex to the overcrowded Hilo jail.

Mayor Harry Kim Appoints New Managing Director

Mayor Harry Kim Appoints New Managing Director

Roy Takemoto is set to replace Managing Director Wil Okabe, who announced his resignation Monday.

Quake Felt Across Big Island But No Damage Reported

Quake Felt Across Big Island But No Damage Reported

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.9 quake early Monday was centered about 20 miles northwest of Hilo.

Big Island: County Recycling Cutbacks A Sign Of Global Market Changes Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: County Recycling Cutbacks A Sign Of Global Market Changes

When China and other Asian nations curtailed dirty recycling streams, the county’s recycling contractor saw markets dry up, forcing residents to seek alternatives.

Big Island: A Popular Volcano Trail Is Rebuilt With A Lot Of Sweat Equity Janice Wei

Big Island: A Popular Volcano Trail Is Rebuilt With A Lot Of Sweat Equity

Seven tons of gravel and two tons of large rocks had to be brought in by wheelbarrow to repair the famed Kilauea Iki trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

2 Arrested As State Demolishes Structure Built By TMT Opponents On Mauna Kea AP

2 Arrested As State Demolishes Structure Built By TMT Opponents On Mauna Kea

A protest leader said the house was constructed as an education space for kids, but the builders knew it wasn’t legal or sanctioned by anti-TMT leaders.

Supreme Court: State Failed Trust Duties In Pohakuloa Jon Letman

Supreme Court: State Failed Trust Duties In Pohakuloa

The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the state to come up with a plan to better manage the land.

Big Island: Sorely Needed Public Housing Set To Open After Toxic Soil Cleanup Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Sorely Needed Public Housing Set To Open After Toxic Soil Cleanup

Low-income housing is in great demand on Hawaii island, where more than 360 families are reportedly on a county waitlist for housing help.

This Dental Care Program For Kids Doesn’t Require A Trip To The Dentist Natasha Ala

This Dental Care Program For Kids Doesn’t Require A Trip To The Dentist

A pilot teledentistry program on Maui and the Big Island is extending access to care in a state where one in four children have untreated tooth decay.

TMT Backers Seek Permit For Alternative Canary Islands Site Courtesy TMT

TMT Backers Seek Permit For Alternative Canary Islands Site

The director of the Spanish astrophysics institute said the Canary Islands site still remains only a backup to placing the TMT on Mauna Kea.

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope Courtesy of the Thirty Meter Telescope

Fact-Checking Environmental Concerns About The Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT officials say the world’s largest telescope will be a zero-waste facility, while the state has determined  it doesn’t pose a risk to the Big Island’s water supply.