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Cory Lum

Cory Lum

Cory Lum is a fourth generation, Japanese, Chinese, Korean local boy who went to Lunalilo Elementary, St. Louis School and is a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii Manoa. GO BOWS!

Cory first picked up his camera in 1980s and had one of his first gigs at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Cory has seen the transition of his craft, from film photography up to the iPhone.

His photographic assignments over the past three decades have taken him all over Asia and Hawaii.  Lum’s past assignments have included news events, hostage crises and urban conflicts.

Lum joined Honolulu Civil Beat in the fall of 2014. Prior to working in Honolulu, Cory was in Japan doing work with European Press Photos. He was witness to the devastation of Japan’s 2011 tsunami and earthquake in the Tohoku area.

His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Readers Digest, Corbis, Getty Images, Associated Press, United Press International, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Hawaii Public Radio, Sports Illustrated.com and more.

When Lum isn’t slinging his cameras, he enjoys cycling, cooking and hand building/wheel thrown ceramics.

You can reach Cory  @corypix via Instagram and @photocorylum via Twitter. For news and photography suggestions, please email him via clum@civilbeat.org

The Projector: HPD’s New Recruits

The Projector: HPD’s New Recruits

After six months of training, 17 people graduate to begin their careers with the Honolulu Police Department.

The Projector: Awash In Murals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Awash In Murals

Artists descend on Kakaako for the seventh POW! WOW! Hawaii street mural festival.

The Projector: Protesters Wear What They Want Banned In ‘Trashion Show’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Protesters Wear What They Want Banned In ‘Trashion Show’

Members of several environmental organizations strut their stuff as they target plastic bags and foam food containers.

The Projector: Images Of 2016 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Images Of 2016

Donald Trump’s surprising win came during a year of many losses in the islands, including the deaths of 12 U.S. Marines and a sitting congressman.

The Projector: If It’s Christmas, It Must Be The Obamas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: If It’s Christmas, It Must Be The Obamas

The president and his family have spent every holiday season on Oahu since he’s been in office. Here are some scenes from over the years.

The Projector: Five Days At Standing Rock Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Five Days At Standing Rock

A Civil Beat team arrived in North Dakota just in time for a dramatic announcement about the Dakota Access Pipeline, and departed just in time to avoid a blizzard.

The Projector: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

On a pier within view of the USS Arizona Memorial, a ceremony honors those who died Dec. 7, 1941, and those who survived.

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Rain Can’t Stop A Search For The Perfect Tree

Not all of Hawaii’s Christmas trees arrive by ship. Since 2002, a tree farm near Wahiawa has been growing its own.

The Projector: General Election — The Day The Earth Stood Still Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

The Projector: General Election — The Day The Earth Stood Still

Tuesday began with the usual polling place rituals. By late that night, change had come to America, overshadowing local races.

The Projector: Close Encounters With Molten Lava Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Close Encounters With Molten Lava

Kilauea Volcano has been dumping lava into the ocean off the Big Island since late July. This week, I took a boat ride to watch new land being formed.

The Projector: Bringing Kaneohe Bay Coral Back From the Brink

Coral bleaching is a reality. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is looking for ways to keep our reefs alive despite it.
The Projector: Hawaii Welcomes World Conservation Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Hawaii Welcomes World Conservation Congress

The traditions of a beach arrival and hula greet thousands of attendees as the signature environmental event makes its American debut.