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Alan McNarie: Big Island Crime Problems Seem Bigger On Social Media

Alan McNarie: Big Island Crime Problems Seem Bigger On Social Media

Hawaii County crime isn’t on the rise. But the prosecutor says residents are justifiably upset by a clogged criminal justice system.

Bret Yager: Well Failures Leave Hawaii County Facing Water Cutbacks Bret Yager

Bret Yager: Well Failures Leave Hawaii County Facing Water Cutbacks

North Kona residents have been forced to curtail water use to essentials like cooking and drinking.

Big Island Dairy Sued Over Water Pollution Concerns Courtesy of Kupale Ookala

Big Island Dairy Sued Over Water Pollution Concerns

The complaint claims the company is violating the Clean Water Act by fouling ocean-bound gulches with animal waste.

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island Courtesy of Kona Butcher Shop

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island

Bolstered by a mobile slaughterhouse and new butcher shops, the fledgling industry is trying to keep it all local in Hawaii County.

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money Hawaii Cider Co./Wefunder

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money

A recent change in securities law allows companies to offer stocks and bonds through Kickstarter-like websites.

Will Popular Big Island Trail Someday Get Toilets? Flikr.com/Forest and Kim Starr

Will Popular Big Island Trail Someday Get Toilets?

Big Island activists have for years unsuccessfully prodded officials to install toilets on the ancient Kaawaloa trail to the Captain Cook Monument.

Bret Yager: Scientists Say There’s Hope For Dying Ohia Trees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bret Yager: Scientists Say There’s Hope For Dying Ohia Trees

The deadly fungus is continuing to sweep through the forest but new containment practices are promising.

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers? Courtesy of One Island Sustainable Living

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers?

Providing housing for farm workers is one way to attract employees.

How A Big Island Family’s Tragedy Is Saving Lives Today Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

How A Big Island Family’s Tragedy Is Saving Lives Today

A couple lost their son in a hiking fall 20 years ago. They turned their grief into a memorial foundation raising money for lifeguards and firefighters.

Kenoi Found Not Guilty Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kenoi Found Not Guilty

The Hawaii County mayor used a county credit card to buy alcohol and a surfboard, and to pay hostess bar expenses.

Reader Rep: Was Civil Beat Right To Publish The Billy Kenoi Party Video? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Was Civil Beat Right To Publish The Billy Kenoi Party Video?

Addressing some key issues raised by readers about the publication of a video showing the Big Island mayor giving a profanity-laced toast.

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media

The Big Island mayor continues to try to blame "the media" for covering his misdeeds rather than take responsibility for what he did.