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OFFSHORE

By Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX

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Description

Offshore, from Honolulu Civil Beat & PRX, 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.

Customer Reviews

Patronizing

I hadn’t heard of this case before the podcast, and I listened to the details described with an open mind. It seems probable, from a amateur’s perspective, that Deedy handled the situation in the McDonald’s very poorly and was never in danger of his life, and his shooting of Elderts was way out of line. Shooting and killing a person in what’s basically a bar fight is a horrifying way for a federal agent to act. It’s also certainly murder.

That said, this podcast is deeply biased and often makes no sense. Its whole intent seems to be to convince its listeners that all “whites” are murderers. Seriously, the narrator frequently refers to “whites” doing all kinds of racist things with no qualifications whatsoever. Who are these people? Racism exists, and is undoubtedly a problem in the US, and in a particular way in Hawaii, but this is lazy and shoddy journalism to the point that it’s offensive. In almost every episode, Terrell asks “What does this say about racism in the mainland?” I don’t know. You tell us. Is there a connection? Her only point seems to be that obviously everyone is a huge racist.

She also more than once asks whether or not Deedy shot Elderts because he was racist against Hawaiians. The thing is, from a legal perspective, what does it matter? Is he on trial for murder or for being a racist? He either used unlawful force or he didn’t; I happen to think he did. What motivated him shouldn’t matter—if he had really shot Elderts out of self defense, that wouldn’t mean he wasn’t racist. It’s this kind of confused, sloppy thinking that is quite frankly irresponsible. Add to that all the times Terrell irritatingly tries to dumb down and soften her own reporting because some things might be “hard to listen to,” as though she’s talking to children and not her peers, that make this podcast frustrating to listen to.

Riveting

I've been to Hawaii many times and always knew there was so much more there than what you see when you're on vacation. This podcast has totally opened my eyes. I recommend Offshore to anyone who loves great stories — whether you're a local, a tourist or just someone trying to better understand life in America right now.

Absolutely Incredible!

I'm completely hooked on this series already. Between the way the story is presented and the story itself, you'll find yourself completely immersed and interested in this true crime.

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