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Beyond Oahu
By 2030, more than a third of Hawaii residents will be neighbor islanders, a reality that observers predict will almost certainly have repercussions big and small for everything from the state’s economy to its politics.  Story »
mcfadden 5834.jpg>>GY AP7/1.16.07/GREGORY YAMAMOTO PHOTOMarsha McFadden There are myriad facets to Hawaii island — the raw power of Kilauea volcano, the trendy Kona Coast, sleepy Hilo, the roots of Hawaiian royalty, the ranching traditions of pani­olo country.

A land of verdant pastures, rugged aa, snow-capped peaks and sun-splashed beaches, the Big Island easily accommodates rustic living, world-class resorts, mom-and-pop shops, cutting-edge astronomy, marine science and geothermal energy. Story »

PAHOA >> When a drugstore chain and two fast-food eateries set up shop at the entrance of this old plantation town in 2011, “Keep Pahoa Pahoa” grew from a bumper sticker slogan used by a handful of town leaders to the mantra for a communitywide campaign. Story »

SSC - Commuters stand in line as early as 2:45am in order to secure a spot on the two-hour commute aboard the Hele-On bus to South Kohala on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). HILO » For nine years, Kenneth Kapeliela has taken the 3:30 a.m. bus from his home in Hilo to his hotel job in Wai­ko­loa, a two-hour drive away. Story »

HAWAIIAN OCEAN VIEW ESTATES >> This outpost on the slopes of Mauna Loa has long had a reputation as the "wild, wild west," a haven for drugs, for anything goes, and for people who wanted little to do with the outside world. Story »

KONA >> When people come to see Dr. Anthony DeSalvo at Kona Community Hospital, they're usually pretty sick, and they usually have more than one medical problem.  Story »

HONOKAA >> Jim Cain doesn't sugarcoat it: Farming is tough work. Profits can fluctuate from year to year, making long-term planning both vital and next to impossible. It's not a 9-to-5, and it's rarely five days a week. It requires commitment and passion and a joy for working outdoors. Story »

PUNA >> In recent years Hawaii families and mainland retirees have flocked to this sprawling district to snap up property still within reach for those with low to moderate incomes. Story »

PUNA >> Among major byways in Hawaii County, you can't get much worse than Keaau-Pahoa Road for hazards or congestion. Story »

PAHALA >> When thinking about the future of this town, residents say, it's important to first consider its past. In particular, to consider the year everything changed. Story »

HONOKAA >> Tucked away in a small asphalt lot on Honokaa High's campus, about two dozen carpentry students toiled away at their sawhorses. Hard hats and safety goggles on, measuring tape and saws out. Story »

HILO >> Just about every year since 1965, Hawaii Community College career technical students have demonstrated the skills they've learned in class by building a home for a family in need. Story »

The Neighbor Islands Series
Small towns and neighborhoods on Hawaii island are at a critical juncture — hoping to carve out an economically viable future while preserving a sense of community and local culture.
Central Maui has been at the forefront of recent commercial and residential growth on the Valley Isle — including the reach of development sprawling out from the old towns.
NEW! 2013/12/15
Residents of the state's fourth-largest island — home to about 5 percent of Hawaii's residents — are now preparing for a future that will include a growing population.

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