Organizers of a march and protest on November 8 resolved to keep the public showing directed toward seeking justice for shooting victim Kollin Elderts and to show support for his family. Black armbands were passed out to participants as a memorial to Elderts.
In partnership with Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G) and the APEC Hawaii Host Committee, over 1,000 volunteers spent a muggy October morning painting over graffiti, removing stickers, and picking up trash in the McCully, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Kapahulu and Moiliili neighborhoods. Courtesy Photo
Above:A post card-esque Hawaii vacation isn't cheap these days. A standard room at Disney's Aulani resort in Koolina can cost around $400 for one night, if you're lucky. Photo by Loren JavierBelow: Juergen Thomas Steinmetz of the Hawaii Tourism Association, not to be confused with the State-operated Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Above: A youth from a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Santa Ana, California participates in a community town hall event with a subgroup of highschoolers to identify, discuss, and plan on how to handle their community's health and safety issues. Photo by HeacphotosBelow: Dr. America Bracho, founder of Latino Health Access. Courtesy PhotoBottom: Volunteers from Latino Health Access participate in a community town hall event. Photo by Heacphotos
Community opposition towards the planned Turtle Bay resort expansion has been strong since the resort’s previous owner Oaktree Capital Management announced plans to revive the decades-old plan in 2005, before the company defaulted on its $400 million debt to Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo, causing the resort to linger in foreclosure since 2007. Courtesy Photo
The history of coffee on the Hawaiian islands goes all the way back to 1825 just after King Kamehameha II and his wife died of the measles in London, England. The British government agreed to transport their bodies back to Hawaii, then called the Sandwich Isles, on board the HMS Blonde under the command of Lord Byron. On board was also Chief Boki who was the then governor of Oahu and upon a layover in Brazil, purchased some Arabica coffee trees to plant back on Oahu. From there, the coffee trees made it to other islands including the Kona coast of the Big Island through the efforts of the Reverend Samuel Ruggles in 1928 after the world coffee market collapsed at the turn of the 1900s. Because of this collapse, most large coffee plantations in the Hawaiian islands disappeared and were divided into much smaller plantations from 5 to 15 acres. Photo and historical information from Jonesblog.com
The Hawaii Convention Center's foyer is crowned with canvas canopies, intended to be "reminiscent of ocean white caps and the sails of voyaging canoes." The canvas canopies may also resemble the makeshift homes and shelters of the thousands of houseless people living on Hawaii's streets each day. Photo by Vernon Brown
TOPIO, a humanoid robot, plays ping pong at the 2009 Tokyo International Robot Exhibition (IREX). Author Andrei Codrescu maintains that Twitter and Facebook have dehumanized our abilities to tell stories.
The path to a completely citizen-driven reapportionment process for Hawaii voters appears to be a long one. Above: Mary Babcock and Kate Werner participate in the city-wide performance art "Speaking in Silence" at the Hawaii State Capitol on June 18, 2011. Photo by Travis Quezon
A grape vine eaten by axis deer. Efforts are currently in the information-gathering stage and Hawaii Island residents and farmers are being asked to document sightings or any damage they suspect might be from axis deer. The invasive species hotline is (808) 961-3299.
The April 1 live air opening of Hawaii's newest public radio station -- KIPM 89.7 on Maui -- was made possible by heartfelt commitment and generous financial support. The station's state-of-the-art transmitter, pictured above, makes its home in Ulupalakua. Courtesy Photo
Above: Nothing comes for free and that includes public radio. Folks huddle in to raise funds at Hawaii Public Radio's pledge drive last April. Staff and volunteers reach out to listeners for support every six months. Nationally only one in 10 listeners actually contributes to the programming costs. Courtesy PhotoBelow: Journalism guru Todd Gitlin. Bottom: A display at the Frontline Club in London, England featuring journalist Rory Peck's Sony Betacam SP camera and Russian press pass. Photo by Sobranie-Cocktail
Chief Logistics Specialist Tam Colbert, assigned to the supply department of the amphibious assault ship USS Bon Homme Richard, reacts to a flu shot administered by Chief Hospital Corpsman Yahahn Thompson. Photo by U.S. Navy
The Iao Needle at Iao Valley State Park on Maui stands at 1,200 ft (370 m). The Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is responsible for enforcement activities of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. There are just over a dozen DOCARE officers on Maui.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz literally in the field listening to Hawaii farmers -- the lead image from the Governor's "New Day Hawaii" website. Author Bruce Rich reminds Hawaii residents to watch to see whether the Governor's calls for community building and environmental protection are put into practice.
According to the Innocence Project, the first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 34 states. There have been 266 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States. Photo by Andrew Bardwell
Above: Retired-Col. Ann Wright holds signs in protest on a street fronting the Kailua vacation home of President Barack Obama this past holiday season. Courtesy PhotoBelow:President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan finish up a meeting at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal last November. Photo by Pete SouzaBottom: A collage of military forces from around the world taking part in the Afghan War. Collage by Swarm
Whether or not the deranged shooter involved in the January 8 Tuscon Arizona shootings is the product of fiery political speech, finding the path to civil discourse has taken the spotlight as the nation continues to mourn for the victims and the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Photo by SearchNet Media
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Renting a beach chair and umbrella on Waikiki Beach can cost upwards of $60, a towel $20. Encroachment of public access to Waikiki Beach has been a continuing concern for local residents. Photo by Ryan Tutmarc
Joshua Cooper, above, is the director of the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, which is dedicated to promoting human rights principles and a culture of peace through education and advocacy. The organization advocates the use of public law instruments in implementing civil, political, economic, social, cultural, collective, and ecological rights as well as social justice in the development of a sustainable society in Hawaii.
Vintage images of Hawaii postcards fed the fantastic expectations of what life was like in the islands and spread misinformation about Hawaiian culture. Today's tourism officials say shows like Hawaii Five-O and hotels like the planned Disney resort are proof of otherwise.
Volunteers at Honolulu Community College build awareness about domestic violence through 2009's The Clothesline Project. The clothesline is hung with shirts that represent the experiences of survivors, friends, and anyone who supports a non-violent community.
Above: An arc of four microphones, a weird bouquet of wires, metal arms, and springs comprise HPR's Control Room 7 -- or CR7 for short. Below: Slack key artist Jeff Peterson joins Kanikapila Sunday host Derrick Malama and HPR reporter Ben Markus during a pledge challenge earlier this year. Bottom: HPR GM Michael Titterton, Arts and Culture Reporter Noe Tanigawa, and HPR Board members Tyrie Jenkins and John Alves take calls on the final stretch of a pledge drive in 2010. In the background, Madeleine McKay and Jane Burruss, long-time volunteers and supporters of HPR, look on.
Above: Captain Paul Chapell and his friend Lagilagi, who served in the Fijian military in Special Forces. He was tortured, had seven ribs and the bones in his face broken, and spent eight years in prison, but he has learned to forgive and is now an inspiring soldier of peace, Chapell says. Below: Chapell at Fort Bliss, Texas in 2009.
AARP members at a Kupuna Care rally at the State Capitol in May. For the Congressional race, over-50 voters are eyeing Social Security’s future, Medicare fraud, and economic security for older workers.
Autism Training Solutions (ATS) staff film special education methods with Hawaii families and autistic children. ATS is a Hawaii-based company that provides web-based training and support to the autism community and general public.
The Hawaii Meth Project reaches out to Hawaii children and teens through ad campaigns, awareness fairs, T-shirts, stickers, and rub-on tattoos (pictured above). Below, teens from Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island sign wave to raise anti-meth awareness.
Rep. Marcus Oshiro performs a live reading of the poem "Peanut Butta Jelly" by Kenneth Lynn Quilantang, Jr. It was part of the Aloha Shorts program produced by Bamboo Ridge Press, broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio.
According to this month's Pew Research Center report, State of News Media 2010, 35 percent of Americans say they have a favorite destination news spot. If asked to pay for it, only 19 percent would shell out the money.
David Black, above, has a lock on Hawaii print media. The Canadian publisher of the Honolulu Star Bulletin has announced a deal to purchase The Honolulu Advertiser. Below, a collage of banners from Hawaiian Language newspapers are a part of UH Hamilton Library's collection. Dozens of newspapers were published in Hawaiian between 1834 and 1949 and were read by an avid and highly literate public. Is there space in today's economy for more than one daily newspaper?
A weapons system fired by Israeli forces explodes above the northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 11, 2009. A three-week offensive Israel launched in Gaza at the end of 2008 resulted in 1,400 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths. Israel launched the offensive with the declared aim of stopping Palestinian rocket fire on southern Israel.
Above: Opponents of the civil unions bill, House Bill 444, gather at the Hawaii State Capitol the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Below: Supporters of civil unions hold a candle light vigil near the end of last year's session.