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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

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

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

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

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.

No Arrests And No Construction Convoy After A Day Of Protests Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Arrests And No Construction Convoy After A Day Of Protests

UPDATED: Some Native Hawaiians think construction of a new telescope will desecrate a sacred site that already holds 13 other telescopes.

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii’s Newest US Citizens Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii’s Newest US Citizens

Sixty-eight local immigrants from 15 countries are sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Missouri.

SLIDESHOW: Battling High Winds, Falling Rocks To Fix Pali Highway Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Battling High Winds, Falling Rocks To Fix Pali Highway

It will be months before the key route across east Oahu is completely reopened after rockslides last month, and these images show you why.

IMAGES OF 2018: A Year Of Alarms, Elections, Lava And A Notable Passing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

IMAGES OF 2018: A Year Of Alarms, Elections, Lava And A Notable Passing

The mother of all false alerts preceded very real disasters that flooded Kauai with rainwater and the Big Island with lava. Then came the threat of Hurricane Lane.

SLIDESHOW: 160,000 Pounds Of Marine Trash From Papahanaumokuakea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: 160,000 Pounds Of Marine Trash From Papahanaumokuakea

NOAA displayed tons of plastic and other debris collected in the remote Northwest Hawaii Islands, where the trash threatens wildlife and coral.