Feathered friends, silky-smooth sharks, kupuna kicking up their heels and Civil Beat’s inaugural photojournalism pau hana crossed our lenses.

If you missed Thursday’s inaugural Pau Hana with Photojournalists, you’ll soon be able to find editor-at-large Naka Nathaniel’s social media interviews of Civil Beat’s visual journalists. The next photography-specific event will likely take place in the fall.

Simplicity, lines and colors make an abstract pictorial image at the wastewater treatment plant just outside Kona on the Big Island. The birds bisecting the photo add scale. The green water is an algae bloom which floated to the leeward side of the settling pond. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2024)
A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717 interisland passenger jet sits at a jetway at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole as the sun begins to set. On Dec. 3, 2023, Alaska Airlines announced its purchase of Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 billion. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2024)
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 pushes back from the terminal at Kona International Airport while a Hawaiian Airlines jetway moves into position for an arriving aircraft. The merger is expected to take up to a year and a half. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2024)
Gareth Hung Chew and Nona Arai dance during the, “Love Never Felt So Good,” 53rd Senior Valentine Dance Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu. The Royal Hawaiian Band performed big-band-era tunes for the 32 Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Senior Clubs from around O‘ahu and for dancers of all ages. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
Gareth Hung Chew and Nona Arai dance during the “Love Never Felt So Good” 53rd Senior Valentine Dance Tuesday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu. The duo danced smoothly to a six-count, East Coast Swing rhythm set by the Royal Hawaiian Band. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
The Royal Hawaiian Band plays during the, “Love Never Felt So Good,” 53rd Senior Valentine Dance Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu. The Royal Hawaiian Band performed big-band-era tunes for the 32 Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Senior Clubs from around O‘ahu.and dancers of all ages. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
The Royal Hawaiian Band plays Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” during the Senior Valentine Dance. The Royal Hawaiian Band performed big-band-era tunes for the 32 Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation senior clubs from around Oahu and dancers of all ages. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
The Royal Hawaiian Band plays, “YMCA,” during the, “Love Never Felt So Good,” 53rd Senior Valentine Dance Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu. Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Enterprise Services put on the dance for the 32 Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Senior Clubs from around O‘ahu and for dancers of all ages. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
Dancers make a “Y” as the Royal Hawaiian Band plays “YMCA” during the dance. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the departments of Parks and Recreation and Enterprise Services put on the free dance for kupuna and included dancers of all ages. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
Pacific Biodiesel general counsel James Forrest chats with a passer by at the Ag Awareness Day sponsored by the Hawaii Farm Bureau Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Honolulu. Forrest and his co-worker wore sunflower outfits to promote using oilseed crops like sunflowers which replenishes soil and provides local feedstock for production of their second generation biodiesel. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
Pacific Biodiesel general counsel James Forrest chats with a passerby at the Ag Awareness Day sponsored by the Hawaii Farm Bureau at the Hawaii State Capitol. Forrest said that he and his co-worker wore sunflower outfits to promote using oilseed crops, like sunflowers, which replenish soil and provide local feedstock for production of their second-generation biodiesel fuel. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
A Zebra Shark is fed at a feeding location in the open air tank at the Waikiki Aquarium.
A 29-year-old zebra shark is hand-fed a squid in a Waikiki Aquarium open-air tank. Zebra sharks usually inhabit the sandy sea floor near coral reefs and other underwater structures as deep as 200 feet. The nocturnal hunters are listed as a vulnerable species. Zebra sharks only pose a threat to small fish and invertebrates. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2024)
Civil Beat visuals editor David “Croxie” Croxford talks about his work during a Pau Hana with Photojournalists event Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Honolulu. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
Civil Beat visuals editor David “Croxie” Croxford talks about his work during a Pau Hana with Photojournalists event Thursday in Honolulu. Croxie gives attendants the backstory about his photo of this man removed from the Hawaii Legislature’s opening day in 2022. The Civil Beat events staff hosts various community gatherings for readers, supporters and donors to meet the people behind the scenes and gain a deeper understanding of Civil Beat’s operations. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024)
Civil Beat staff photographer Kevin Fujii appears to mimic University of Texas quarterback Vince Young during a Pau Hana with Photojournalists event in Civil Beat’s new Kaimuki office. In 2006 Fujii was a senior staff photographer at the Houston Chronicle. He photographed mostly sports including this NCAA Bowl Championship Series game between Texas and the University of Southern California. Young’s last-second touchdown sealed the championship for the Longhorns’ victory. (Kawika Lopez/Civil Beat/2024)
Properties on Malanai and Aa streets have been cleared of fire debris, while contractors are working on the cleanup of another property in the northern section of the Lahaina burn zone. (Cammy Clark/Civil Beat/2024)
Properties on Malanai and Aa streets have been cleared of fire debris, while contractors work on the cleanup of another property in the northern section of the Lahaina burn zone. Crews are cleaning up the properties within the 5-mile burn zone and hauling the waste to the temporary landfill in Olowalu. (Cammy Clark/Civil Beat/2024)
Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are clearing a property in the northern section of the Lahaina burn zone. (Cammy Clark/Civil Beat/2024)
Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clear a property in the northern section of the Lahaina burn zone. “Without a doubt there is a ton more work to do,” Gov. Josh Green said Thursday on the six-month anniversary of the destructive Aug. 8 fire. “This is like a decade-long experience, not unlike 9/11 when people for year after year after year still need the support. They may get housed, but trauma persists.”(Cammy Clark/Civil Beat/2024)
If you’ve been wondering why traffic was so snarled traveling westbound through town over the last few evenings, here’s the visual explanation. Repaving work is being done between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. This section under and around the Punahou overpass was being completed on Thursday evening. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2024)

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