By Honolulu Civil Beat
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Offshore, from Honolulu Civil Beat, is a new immersive storytelling podcast about a Hawaii most tourists never see. In Season 1, “A Killing in Waikiki,” Offshore investigates the violent deaths of two young Native Hawaiians — one in 1932, the other in 2011. The 10-episode series explores issues of race, federal power and policing in America’s most diverse state. If Hawaii can’t figure it out, what hope is there for the rest of America? The answer might surprise you.
||CleanS3 Episode 8: Family||When we started reporting this season, we expected it to be a story about troubling adoptions that happened in the 1990s. But it quickly became clear that issues with Marshallese adoptions were never fully resolved, they simply moved. To new counties.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 7: Reunions||There’s an entire generation of Marshallese adoptees like London Lewis asking questions about who they are and where they come from. And there are plenty of parents searching for the children they gave up, too. These reunions aren’t always easy.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 6: Majuro||London Lewis had to get back to work in Florida, so we’re continuing the search on his behalf — journeying to the Marshall Islands to where his story began, to try and find his birth father and his siblings.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChasing Leads||We started reporting for this season of Offshore last June, but we’re still chasing down leads and new developments. It’s been a busy few weeks for us. Which means we’re going to be publishing Episode 6 on Monday, May 18. In the meantime,||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 5: Not by Accident||London Lewis’ biggest worry when he arrived in Springdale was how he would be received. Would other Marshallese people recognize him? Accept him? It didn’t take long for him to form instant connections with people who want him to know that he not on||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 4: An Unbreakable Bond||In Springdale, London Lewis begins to experience Marshallese culture for the first time. He’s going to meet people he’s only read about in World War II textbooks. Hear a language he’s never heard except for on YouTube.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 3: Springdale||The biggest population of Marshallese in the U.S. isn’t in Hawaii. Or even a coastal state. It’s in Springdale, Arkansas - a small, unassuming midwest town that 12,000 Marshallese now call home. London Lewis doesn’t have the time or the means to g||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 2: Missing History||Susette Lewis was excited when she arrived in Honolulu in 1992. And like most new moms, nervous. Uncertain of what to expect. She didn’t know that picking up her adopted son would be an alarming experience.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3 Episode 1: The Adoptions||International adoptions were a rarity in the Marshall Islands until the mid-'90s. Then came an adoption boom of such intensity that the remote island nation suddenly had one of the highest per-capita adoption rates in the world. In just a few years,||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffshore: “The Blood Calls” — coming soon||A young man on a quest to find his birth family. An adoption market that rocked an island nation. A culture in danger of disappearing — and the desperate fight to save it. Join Offshore for an unforgettable eight-episode season this spring. www.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffshore Postcard: A Nuclear Party||Hawaii’s false nuclear alarm scare sends Offshore reporters on a trip back in time to 1962, when Hawaii had a very different kind of brush with nuclear weapons. A time when nuclear power was not just feared, but celebrated.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOffshore Postcard: Confronting Faith||Offshore journeys to Guam, where a torrent of abuse lawsuits against the Catholic Church are a sign of big societal changes. After centuries of colonization, people on Guam are reexamining their history, their culture — and their faith.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffshore Postcard: The Tiki Bar||A trip to a neighborhood bar in California leads Offshore to some unexpected places, as reporter Paola Mardo dives into the history of America’s fascination with all things Tiki.||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 6: Creation||In the final episode of Season Two, Offshore goes back to the beginning to search for answers to the conflict on Mauna Kea. Not the beginning of astronomy in Hawaii, but beginning of the Kumulipo. The Hawaiian chant of creation.||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 5: The Other Mountains||The story of Mauna Kea starts on an island in the Pacific — but it doesn’t end there. There are other sacred mountains. Sacred plains. Sacred forests. Today, the fights over all these places are becoming linked in ways that no one could have anticip||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 4: Who’s to say?||Is there an inherent conflict between Western science and indigenous culture? A difference in worldviews that makes communication between the two sides in this conflict impossible? Or is there something else at play here?||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 3: The Astronomers||Why do astronomers feel a giant new telescope on top of Mauna Kea is so important? What will Hawaii — and the scientific community — stand to lose if the telescope isn’t built?||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 2: The Protectors||What is it about Mauna Kea that makes it so sacred to Hawaiians? So precious that people have pledged their lives, their liberty, to blocking further development on its summit?||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Episode 1: Mauna Kea||Atop one of the world’s most sacred mountains, a battle over science, culture — and the future of Hawaii.||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffshore: “The Sacred Mountain” — coming soon||What is it about Hawaii’s tallest mountain that makes it so revered? So desired? So fought over? One thing's for sure, the mountain changes people.||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Episode 11: The Gift Shop||Hawaii author Lois-Ann Yamanaka reads from her novel, "Heads by Harry."||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 10: Embracing Differences||Is there something that Hawaii can teach the mainland? Something people of all races have learned from living together in such an isolated place? In the last episode of Season One, people from Hawaii tell personal stories about race relations and how t.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 9: Answers||Five years, two trials, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees have failed to resolve Special Agent Christopher Deedy’s case. That hasn’t stopped supporters of the man he killed from pushing on. Will there ever be a resolution?||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 8: Never the Same||In even the most high profile criminal cases, there comes a point where the world moves on. But for the families of both the victims and the shooters, nothing is ever really normal again. Not even decades later.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 7: Defense of Life||After Christopher Deedy’s first murder trial ends with a hung jury, both sides regroup. But there are larger issues at play. Why is it so hard to convict cops? And is there a reason prosecutors won’t let Deedy’s case go?||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 6: Agent on Trial||Special Agent Christopher Deedy’s first murder trial begins in 2013. The stakes in the case were high. For Deedy but also for local prosecutors, who take an all-or-nothing approach to the case — placing all their chips on the table in a bid to lock||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 5: The White Menace||After a hung jury in the rape trial of five local Hawaiians, the family of the alleged victim looked for vengeance. They got it — by committing one of the most explosive crimes in Hawaiian history.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 4: A Sinister Past||A privileged socialite. A Native Hawaiian wrongfully accused of rape. A ruling elite that favors whites. So begins the Massie Case. A story from 1932 that still impacts how some Hawaiians view the federal government. And Christopher Deedy.||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 3: The White Minority||Blocks away from where Christopher Deedy shot and killed Kollin Elderts, tanks had taken over a local park, protesters were out on the streets. Dozens of federal agents were in town. And there were a lot of people who wanted them out.||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 2: Two Lives Collide||Christopher Deedy and Kollin Elderts had never met before Nov. 5, 2011, when a 3-minute brawl ended with Elderts dead and Deedy in handcuffs. How did a Native Hawaiian born in the islands and a white federal agent who’d just arrived end up on opposite||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Episode 1: The Death of Kollin Elderts||Reporter Jessica Terrell introduces the deadly events of Nov. 5, 2011 when federal agent Christopher Deedy shot Kollin Elderts to death late one night in Waikiki||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOffshore: “A Killing in Waikiki” — coming soon||Two Hawaiians killed in Waikiki — one in 1931, the other in 2011. What do these killings have in common? Here’s a hint — it’s not just race, and it’s not just power. First episode on Oct. 13||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic Podcast! Interesting and Great Storytelling
I'm thrilled about this podcast. It's relevant and interesting for those of us who live in Hawaii. It's also highly relevant to the larger discussion of race, power and culture for people everywhere. I applaud Civil Beat and PRX for tackling this topic - Thank you - we all need to hear these stories and wrestle with these incredibly complex topics.
Excellent through two episodes
I'm born and raised in Hawaii and my family has been here for generations (Portuguese plantation workers arrived in 1880s). So far, this podcast is doing an excellent job of providing context of Hawaii, which as the host points out is way more complicated than an outsider would think.
I know exactly which case from the 1930s they are going to compare and contrast with and I'm looking forward to hearing more, especially since they have done such a good job setting up the backdrop for the trial among us "locals."
Beautifully crafted podcast that uses the late-night shooting of a Native Hawaiian man by a white federal officer in Waikiki to explore Hawaiian nationalism, law enforcement excess against people of color and the future of Hawaii. If you live in or like to visit Hawaii, if you are worried about how US law enforcement treats people of color, or just like good storytelling, this is well worth hearing. Also recommend the previous podcast by Jessica Terrell and Honolulu Civil Beat called :"The Harbour."