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Top Big Island Now Stories for 2021

December 31, 2021, 1:50 PM HST
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When you think of events that occurred these past 12 months, what sticks out?

While the COVID-19 pandemic continued to dominate the news cycle throughout 2021 with the ebb and flow of case counts and deaths, there were other notable events that occurred on Hawaiʻi Island. Between a new eruption at Kīlauea to the largest brush fire the island has ever seen, 2021 will be a year to remember.

In some months, Big Island Now included two stories as there was more than article that appeared to be popular with readers during that time. Additionally, 2021 was the first time Big Island Now put together a special report in which journalists investigated the opioid crisis on the island. Click here for those stories.

Here is Big Island Now’s top stories throughout the year:

January 2021
Matthew McConaughey Purchases Property in West Hawaiʻi

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February 2021
PEUC Program to Roll Out Next Week
Big Island Woman Remans in Coma After Summit Accident

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March 2021
‘Carmeggedon’ Crashes into Big Island as Rental Industry Swallowed by Mass Demand

April 2021
Drive-In Movie Night Opens in Kona

May 2021
Hawaiʻi’s Vaccine Passport Program Opens Tuesday

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June 2021
Hawaiʻi to Abolish Inter-Island Travel Restrictions

July 2021
CLR Now Detected on All Major Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiʻi Rolls Back Gathering Restrictions Thursday

August 2021
State, County Officials Say Headed for Health Care Disaster
Mass Exodus of Waikoloa Village Surreal Experience for Evacuees

September 2021
Ironman to Move World Championship from Hawaiʻi to Utah
Kīlauea Awakens as New Eruption Commences Wednesday

October 2021
What’s That Rising from the Lava Lake

November 2021
Hawaiʻi Island Residents Sentenced in Federal Drug Case
Big Changes Coming to Social Restrictions, International Travel to Hawaiʻi

December 2021
Power outages Reported Islandwide
‘A Vision for Punaluʻu:’ Black Sand Beach Developer Vows Community-Led Project for Neglected Area

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