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Big Island: Am I A Criminal? Puna Councilwoman Questions Her Legitimacy Courtesy of Jen Ruggles

Big Island: Am I A Criminal? Puna Councilwoman Questions Her Legitimacy

Pointing to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Jen Ruggles says functioning as a County Council member may violate U.S. and international laws.

Big Island: Flooding Forces Rescues, Cuts Off Communities Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Flooding Forces Rescues, Cuts Off Communities

No reports of wind damage, but the deluge is wreaking havoc on Hawaii County.

Big Island: A Windward Drenching, But No Wind Damage Yet Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: A Windward Drenching, But No Wind Damage Yet

UPDATED: The drenching closes some roads and causes landslides, but strong winds had been reported as of 6:30 p.m.

‘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.