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Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy Olja Latinovic/Flickr.com

Why The Big Island Is So Unhealthy

In a national study of health at the county level, Oahu ranks highest in the Aloha State and the Big Island lowest.
EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator Ormat Technologies Inc.

EPA Fines Hawaii’s Geothermal Plant Operator

The operator of Hawaii's sole geothermal power plant is fined more than $76,000 for accidental chemical releases in 2013.
When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When People Power Meets Electricity On The Big Island

NextEra Energy’s proposed takeover of Hawaii's century-old utility has sparked a renewed effort to establish an electric utility co-op on Hawaii Island.
Poll: Half Of Native Hawaiians Still Oppose Building The TMT Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Poll: Half Of Native Hawaiians Still Oppose Building The TMT

Support for the telescope on Mauna Kea remains high among other ethnic groups, but a long work stoppage hasn't cooled Native Hawaiian opposition.
Ohia Disease on Big Island Poses Threat to Native Forests Statewide Pat Tummons/Environment Hawaii

Ohia Disease on Big Island Poses Threat to Native Forests Statewide

Foresters are scrambling to figure out how the disease is spreading and how to stop it.
Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant Ormat Technologies Inc.

Suit Alleging Massive Fraud Includes Hawaii Geothermal Plant

The owner of Puna Geothermal Ventures is mired in a federal whistleblower lawsuit that could result in penalties amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public? Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Could Hawaii Geothermal Plant Become a Windfall for Public?

If power plant on Big Island were to start extracting valuable minerals like lithium on state-owned land, royalty payments should increase.

Charge Card Abuse: Big Island Mayor Resignation Is Appropriate Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charge Card Abuse: Big Island Mayor Resignation Is Appropriate

Mayor Billy Kenoi should consider stepping down, as investigations proceed on $22,000 in personal charges on his government purchasing card.
Peter Apo: Mauna Kea Under Siege Courtesy TMT International Observatory

Peter Apo: Mauna Kea Under Siege

The Thirty Meter Telescope project is at a flash point. So how does one bridge the apex when science slams head on into culture?
Hawaii County: Kenoi Narrowly Beats Kim In Mayor’s Race

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

Incumbent Hawaii County mayor slips past challenger; statewide ballot measures draw attention.
State Officials Will Oversee Voting On Nov. 6 In Hawaii County

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

State wants to avoid problems like those during the primary.
Hawaii County Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Hawaii County Council Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Honolulu is last-remaining county without a prohibition on plastic bags.