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 Americas most diverse state. If Hawaii cant figure it out, what hope is there for the rest of America? The answer might surprise you.


  • Offshore Postcard: The Queen’s Quarantine

    14/11/2020 Duração: 16min

    In 1881 — less than a week after King David Kalakaua left Hawaii for a yearlong tour around the world — a ship arrived in Honolulu carrying laborers sick with smallpox. The decisions that Hawaii’s future queen made to keep people safe – and the pushback she received from angry citizens and frustrated business owners […]

  • S4 Episode 6: Homecoming

    18/06/2020 Duração: 24min

    How do you practice Hawaiian culture when you’re thousands of miles from Hawaii? And what happens when Hawaiians abroad finally get a chance to go home?

  • S4 Episode 5: Leaving Home

    11/06/2020 Duração: 28min

    Nearly half of all Native Hawaiians now live outside of Hawaii. And while many have cited Hawaii’s high cost of living as the main reason for leaving, it’s really just a piece of a much larger story.

  • S4 Episode 4: On The Road

    04/06/2020 Duração: 26min

    After the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, hundreds of disenfranchised Hawaiian musicians would journey to the continental U.S. in search of fame, fortune, or just a chance to make a decent living. Some would die in poverty and obscurity. Others would change American music forever.

  • S4 Episode 3: Hawaii’s Sons Of The Civil War

    28/05/2020 Duração: 24min

    Two decades after Hawaiians helped build a fort for John Sutter in California, another group of Hawaiians would find themselves stranded in Massachusetts. And take up arms in America’s bloodiest war.

  • S4 Episode 2: The Tribe

    21/05/2020 Duração: 23min

    This is the story of a group of Hawaiians who ended up in California more than 160 years ago — back when Hawaii was an independent nation. And how their descendents are still connected to the islands in unexpected ways.

  • S4 Episode 1: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    14/05/2020 Duração: 18min

    Nearly half of all Native Hawaiians now live outside of Hawaii. It’s a staggering number that raises questions about what Hawaii will be like in coming years, and how Native Hawaiians will carry their islands with them to far flung places.

  • Offshore: “Far From Home” — coming soon

    10/05/2020 Duração: 01min

    This season, Offshore is taking a deep dive into the Hawaiian diaspora. Join journalist Kuʻu Kauanoe, as she digs into what is driving Hawaiians from the islands today. And tells some amazing stories about Hawaiians who left long ago.

  • Offshore Postcard: Our Journey to the Last Wild Place

    11/06/2019 Duração: 24min

    The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is one of the most remote places on Earth. Now, it’s threatened by climate change, pollution and politics.

  • S3 Episode 8: Family

    31/05/2018 Duração: 34min

    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. States. Adoption agencies. So we’ve continued chasing leads while producing this season. In this […]

  • S3 Episode 7: Reunions

    25/05/2018 Duração: 31min

    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. Many families have been separated for years by not only distance, but also language and culture. Finding their way back to each other is a complicated journey that can lead to places no one expects. But right now, our biggest challenge with London’s family is helping a reunion happen at all.

  • S3 Episode 6: Majuro

    21/05/2018 Duração: 27min

    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. And get a sense of why women are still being recruited to leave the Marshall Islands […]

  • Chasing Leads

    19/05/2018 Duração: 03min

    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, we wanted to share a poem with you by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. She’s […]

  • S3 Episode 5: Not by Accident

    11/05/2018 Duração: 28min

    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 only belongs in the Marshallese community but he is needed in the Marshallese community. But acceptance and belonging are not the same thing. London is just at the beginning of a long and complicated journey to figure out where he fits into the Marshallese diaspora. And Springdale is about to get him a lot closer to solving one of the biggest questions about his past.

  • S3 Episode 4: An Unbreakable Bond

    04/05/2018 Duração: 32min

    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. Get a little closer to finding his birth family. But we’re not just in Springdale for London. We’re also here to try and find out exactly what’s happening with Marshallese adoptions today. To speak with private adoption lawyers, adoptive families, and Marshallese birth mothers about the adoption process.

  • S3 Episode 3: Springdale

    26/04/2018 Duração: 31min

    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 go to the Marshall Islands right now. So if he’s going to have a chance of finding someone who knows his family, he has to start here.

  • S3 Episode 2: Missing History

    20/04/2018 Duração: 36min

    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.

  • S3 Episode 1: The Adoptions

    13/04/2018 Duração: 29min

    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, hundreds of children were adopted from the far-flung atolls -- so many that it seemed like an entire generation was disappearing. Now, two decades later, some of these children are beginning to search for answers about who they are and where they come from. Some, like 25-year-old London Lewis, have never known a single person from their native country. Adopted as an infant from the Marshall Islands, London’s journey home would begin with a Facebook post.

  • Offshore: “The Blood Calls” — coming soon

    30/03/2018 Duração: 02min

    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.

  • Offshore 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. Just a few months before the Cuban Missile Crisis, Hawaii witnessed a nuclear explosion so massive that darkness briefly turned to daylight. Instead of inspiring fear, the […]

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