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Big Island: FEMA Wants Its Money Back For Aid To Volcano Victims Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: FEMA Wants Its Money Back For Aid To Volcano Victims

FEMA says the agency is required to review disaster assistance payments to ensure the money doesn’t duplicate other assistance, wasn’t inappropriately spent or was provided in error.

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Coping With The ‘Big Litter’ Of Abandoned Vehicles

Like everywhere else in the state, Hawaii County is looking for solutions to the increasingly costly problem of people leaving their junkers on the side of the road.

‘Deep Sanitization’: Homeless People Removed From Hilo Park

‘Deep Sanitization’: Homeless People Removed From Hilo Park

Hawaii Island Parks and Recreation workers said they are cleaning up Mo’oheau Park.

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap

The diversity of Hawaii’s public schools student population isn’t matched by the makeup of the state’s teachers.

Big Island: Noise From Helicopter Tours Leaves Residents With Frayed Nerves Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Big Island: Noise From Helicopter Tours Leaves Residents With Frayed Nerves

It’s been a hot-button issue on the island for decades, but many say the problem has grown worse as more tourists are drawn to the site of the lava eruptions.

Big Island: Hawaii’s New Generation Of Women Canoe Carvers Courtesy of Dino Morrow

Big Island: Hawaii’s New Generation Of Women Canoe Carvers

Thanks to a grant, 22 women are constructing a replica of an outrigger canoe that Queen Kapiolani donated to the Smithsonian in 1888.

Lunchbox Thief Could Get $125K From State Settlement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lunchbox Thief Could Get $125K From State Settlement

The settlement stems from a 2014 incident in which two Big Island corrections officers allegedly assaulted an inmate.

Big Island: Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Is A $6 Million Bonanza Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Is A $6 Million Bonanza

The annual event draws throngs of people to Hilo and “it’s getting bigger,” said the chief organizer.

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening

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.

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry Courtesy of D. Joaquin

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry

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.

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes

Hawaii County tacks a 0.25 percent surcharge onto the general excise tax and considers going higher.

‘Into The Fire’: How Covering A Volcano Changed This Photographer’s Life Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

‘Into The Fire’: How Covering A Volcano Changed This Photographer’s Life

Video: A Civil Beat documentary chronicles the spectacular and destructive power of the four-month-long Kilauea eruption.