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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: Dedication Of A King

Slideshow: Dedication Of A King

On the 175th anniversary of the end of British control of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a sculpture of Kamehameha III is dedicated at Thomas Square.

Slideshow: Life in the The Big Island’s Lava Zone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Slideshow: Life in the The Big Island’s Lava Zone

Civil Beat photographer Cory Lum spent a day in the heart of the Kilauea eruption zone where at least 26 homes were destroyed.

Slideshow: The Long Goodbyes As Legislature Adjourns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Slideshow: The Long Goodbyes As Legislature Adjourns

When the gavel fell on the 2018 session, it marked the end of the line for several lawmakers in their current posts.

Slideshow: Rusting Road Show In Paradise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Slideshow: Rusting Road Show In Paradise

Motorists enjoying ocean and mountain scenes frequently happen upon another common feature in the islands: junked-out cars.

Slideshow: Legislature’s Opening Day Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Slideshow: Legislature’s Opening Day

As lawmakers celebrated a new session in the Senate and House chambers, Hawaiian demonstrators could be heard in the rotunda.
VIDEO: Coral Spawning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

VIDEO: Coral Spawning

Corals spawn tiny bundles of eggs and sperm on moonless summer nights. Scientists work using red head lamps.

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii’s Coral Research Alana Eagle/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii’s Coral Research

Scientists are racing against time in their effort to assist the evolution of corals so they are more resilient to climate change and pinpoint what is harming reefs in Hawaii and worldwide.

VIDEO: How Much Coral Has Been Lost Cory Lum/Civil Beat

VIDEO: How Much Coral Has Been Lost

Bob Richmond, director of the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, walks us through the devastation to coral reefs over the past few years.

Comic Con — Three Days Of Escapism In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Comic Con — Three Days Of Escapism In Honolulu

Comic book and movie aficionados rub elbows with heroes and villains during the third annual Amazing Hawaii Comic Convention.

SLIDESHOW: End Of An Odyssey For Hokulea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: End Of An Odyssey For Hokulea

After sailing more than 40,000 miles to 150 ports in 19 countries, Hawaii’s floating ambassador to the world is back where it started three years ago.

Waikiki Beaches Contract While Ala Wai Canal Rises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waikiki Beaches Contract While Ala Wai Canal Rises

This week’s king tides have beachgoers dodging waves while the canal nears the top of its retaining walls.

What Goes On Inside A Craft Brewery Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Goes On Inside A Craft Brewery

From bags of grain to kegs of the finished product, a look at the process that makes 1,500 barrels of beer a year in Kakaako.