Civil Beat Staff

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

SLIDESHOW: Honolulu Rail Is Still Off Track 11 Years After Groundbreaking Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

SLIDESHOW: Honolulu Rail Is Still Off Track 11 Years After Groundbreaking

The original plan called for 20 miles of rail and 21 stations with trains traveling from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, but it’s falling short.

SLIDESHOW: 2021 — The Year In Photographs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

SLIDESHOW: 2021 — The Year In Photographs

When vaccine rates and new Covid-19 variants weren’t making headlines, it was the Red Hill contaminated water crisis and a historic deluge. But onward Hawaii moved.

SLIDESHOW: French Warplanes Train in Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

SLIDESHOW: French Warplanes Train in Honolulu

The French military is emphasizing training with allies across the Pacific at a time of increasing tensions between rival powers in the region.

SLIDESHOW: 2020 — The Year In Photographs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

SLIDESHOW: 2020 — The Year In Photographs

The deadly shootout and fire at Hibiscus Drive. The sentencing of Honolulu’s law enforcement power couple. An all-mail election. And Hawaii’s confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

SLIDESHOW: Helping The Homeless Along River Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

SLIDESHOW: Helping The Homeless Along River Street

Maintaining hygiene and preventing skin, wound and respiratory infections are more difficult for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Here’s What Oahu Looks Like Without Tourists Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Here’s What Oahu Looks Like Without Tourists

A series of then-and-now photos show the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and traffic in Hawaii.

SLIDESHOW: Emotions Run High At Memorial Service For Slain HPD Officer Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

SLIDESHOW: Emotions Run High At Memorial Service For Slain HPD Officer

Tiffany Enriquez, shot to death on Jan. 19 while responding to a call in the Diamond Head area, was honored by law enforcement, family and friends Thursday.

SLIDESHOW: 2019 — The Year In Photographs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

SLIDESHOW: 2019 — The Year In Photographs

The fall of Honolulu’s law enforcement power couple. A resurgence of Hawaiian activism. The fading star power of Tulsi Gabbard. And the islands’ unstable future in the face of a changing climate.

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Inside Hawaii’s Prisons And Jails

Civil Beat reporter Yoohyun Jung and photographer Cory Lum visited six state correctional facilities last week. No surprise, the facilities are overcrowded and seriously in need of repair.