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 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

November 2018

Saturday, November 10

SLIDESHOW: 160,000 Pounds Of Marine Trash From Papahanaumokuakea

July 2018

Tuesday, July 31

Slideshow: Dedication Of A King

May 2018

Thursday, May 10

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

Thursday, May 3

Slideshow: The Long Goodbyes As Legislature Adjourns

March 2018

Friday, March 2

Slideshow: Rusting Road Show In Paradise

January 2018

Wednesday, January 17

Slideshow: Legislature’s Opening Day

September 2017

Monday, September 11

VIDEO: Coral Spawning

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii’s Coral Research

VIDEO: How Much Coral Has Been Lost

August 2017

Wednesday, August 30

Comic Con — Three Days Of Escapism In Honolulu

June 2017

Saturday, June 17

SLIDESHOW: End Of An Odyssey For Hokulea

May 2017

Thursday, May 25

Waikiki Beaches Contract While Ala Wai Canal Rises

Friday, May 19

What Goes On Inside A Craft Brewery

February 2017

Friday, February 24

The Projector: HPD’s New Recruits

Friday, February 17

The Projector: Awash In Murals

Monday, February 13

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

December 2016

Friday, December 30

The Projector: Images Of 2016

Friday, December 23

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

Friday, December 9

The Projector: Five Days At Standing Rock

Wednesday, December 7

The Projector: Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

Thursday, December 1

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

November 2016

Wednesday, November 9

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

September 2016

Friday, September 16

The Projector: Close Encounters With Molten Lava

Friday, September 9

The Projector: Bringing Kaneohe Bay Coral Back From the Brink

Thursday, September 1

The Projector: Hawaii Welcomes World Conservation Congress

August 2016

Thursday, August 18

The Projector: Aloha, Congressman Mark Takai

Friday, August 12

The Projector: Maui’s Final Year Of Cane Burning

Friday, August 5

The Projector: Assault On Pyramid Rock Beach

July 2016

Wednesday, July 20

Scenes From Mark Takai’s All-Too-Short Congressional Career

Friday, July 15

The Projector: Stepping Back In Time Amid Native Birds, Plants

Friday, July 1

The Projector: Showing Off Hale Mauliola, A New Type Of Shelter

June 2016

Friday, June 24

The Projector: Taking Their Shots At Koko Head

Friday, June 10

The Projector: A Hawaii-Flavored Week In The Nation’s Capital

May 2016

Friday, May 27

The Projector: Despite Rail Turmoil, Just Another Day On The Job

Friday, May 20

The Projector: Honoring 46 Fallen Honolulu Police Officers

April 2016

Friday, April 29

The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature

Friday, April 22

The Projector: From Politics To Rail, Public Officials Make The Scenes

Friday, April 15

The Projector: A Week Of Heavy Legislative Lifting, And A Little Levity

March 2016

Friday, March 25

The Projector: Politics And Police

February 2016

Friday, February 26

The Projector: Mayor Takes A Stroll In Beleaguered Chinatown

Monday, February 22

North Shore Spectacle: Beaches, Roads, Parks Take A Pounding

January 2016

Friday, January 29

The Projector: Session Starts With Ambitious Plans And The Loss Of A Senator

Friday, January 15

The Projector: Paradise Can Be Perilous

December 2015

Thursday, December 31

The Projector: Images of 2015 — The New Governor, The TMT Fight And The Nomadic Homeless

Thursday, December 24

The Projector: Holidays In Hawaii — Shopping, Budgeting And Presidential Golf

Friday, December 18

The Projector: The Fish Auction Is A Morning Ritual At Pier 38

Friday, December 11

The Projector: Elite Surfers Ride Banzai Pipeline’s Monster Waves

November 2015

Friday, November 27

The Projector: Beautiful Survivors

Wednesday, November 18

SLIDESHOW: Homes Of The Harbor

Friday, November 13

The Projector: A Grand-Nephew’s Love For Auntie Dorothy

October 2015

Wednesday, October 28

SLIDESHOW: Mainland Diaspora

Friday, October 16

The Projector: The Micronesians

Wednesday, October 14

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii and Guam

Friday, October 2

The Projector: The Sun, the Fun and the Danger Along the Ka Iwi Coast

September 2015

Friday, September 25

The Projector: The Sublime and the Swept

Friday, September 11

The Projector: City Dispatches Some Homeless People While Improving Emergency Dispatching

Friday, September 4

The Projector: Escalating the War on Homelessness, Celebrating the End of Another Kind of War

August 2015

Friday, August 28

The Projector: Bike, Energy and TMT Events Unfold, But a Sewage Spill Overshadows All

Friday, August 21

The Projector: Hawaii Talks About Falun Gong, Homelessness and Immigration

Friday, August 14

The Projector: Living on Borrowed Time Under the Nimitz Highway

Friday, August 7

The Projector: Guillermo Kicks Up the Surf; TMT Protesters Seek Astronomers’ Attention

July 2015

Friday, July 31

The Projector: New Team Targets Homelessness; New Classrooms at Schofield Barracks School

Friday, July 24

The Projector: Hula, Hookele, Hemp and a Dash of Ethics

Friday, July 17

The Projector: From Maunalua to Ala Moana to Mauna Kea, People Are Talking

Friday, July 10

The Projector: Oahu Visited by High Surf and High-Ranking Federal Officials

Friday, July 3

PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Plane Lands in Honolulu

June 2015

Thursday, June 25

The Projector: ‘Mutual Respect and Aloha’ on the Mountain, But No Meeting of the Minds

Friday, June 19

The Projector: A Week of Celebrations and Protests

Friday, June 12

The Projector: There Are Many Kinds of Warriors in Hawaii

Friday, June 5

The Projector: It Was a Big Week at Local Schools

May 2015

Friday, May 29

The Projector: Honors for the Fallen, Greetings for a Carrier Crew

Friday, May 22

The Projector: The Big Day Arrives for 1,700-Plus Graduates at UH Manoa

Friday, May 8

The Projector: From Opening Day to 11th-Hour Coup, a Look Back at the Session

April 2015

Thursday, April 30

The Projector: Near Session’s End, Rallies and Dealmaking at the Capitol

Friday, April 24

The Projector: Senators, Reps Rub Elbows During Conference Committee

Tuesday, April 21

Residents Opposing Mauna Kea Telescope March on the Capitol

Friday, April 17

The Projector: TMT Protests on the Mountaintop and on Oahu

Friday, April 10

The Projector: Voyage Recalled, Rail Debated, New DLNR Pick and the Mountaintop Scene

Friday, April 3

The Projector: History and Hope Mark the Week in Honolulu

March 2015

Friday, March 27

The Projector: Civil Beat Checks Out a Gun Show as the Legislature Continues

Friday, March 20

The Projector: Parade Celebrates Luck of Irish; Ching Nomination Runs Out of Luck

Thursday, March 12

The Projector: Fireworks at the Festival and at the Carleton Ching Nomination Hearing

Friday, March 6

The Projector: A Tough Week for Supporters of Rail and Pesticide Buffer Zones

February 2015

Friday, February 27

The Projector: Civil Beat Goes to Washington

Friday, February 20

The Projector: Legislative Hearings, Street Scenes and Goodbye to Mele

Friday, February 13

The Projector: No Shortage of Testimony for Hawaii’s State Lawmakers

Friday, February 6

The Projector: Lowering the Boom on a Jet Fuel Spill, Picketing at Kaiser Permanente

January 2015

Friday, January 30

The Projector: Gubernatorial Delivery, Mayoral Grilling and Judicial Update

Friday, January 23

The Projector: Celebrations, Protests Open a Session of Challenges

Friday, January 16

The Projector: Strange Scenes at the Capitol, and the Legislature Hasn’t Even Convened Yet

Friday, January 9

The Projector: Money Talk at Capitol, Head of State and Headless Snowman

December 2014

Wednesday, December 31

The Projector: New Year’s Mochi and Presidential Chip Shots

Thursday, December 25

Slideshow: President and First Lady Pay Christmas Visit to Troops

Tuesday, December 23

The Projector: Season Greeted by Rain, Crowded Malls and ‘The Nutcracker’

Saturday, December 20

Slideshow: First Family Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 19

The Projector: Stormy Weather for Tourists, Police Chief and Rail Project

Friday, December 12

The Projector: Ben Jay Resignation, Pearl Harbor, Vog and Holiday Decor

Wednesday, December 10

Slideshow: No Contest at Banzai Pipeline, But Still a Swell Day on the North Shore

Sunday, December 7

Slideshow: At Pearl Harbor, Honoring the Few Survivors, the Many Casualties

Friday, December 5

The Projector: A Week of New Deals at the Capitol, at HECO and Along the Rail Route

Monday, December 1

Inauguration Day Slideshow: ‘I’m David Ige’

November 2014

Thursday, November 27

The Projector: Pre-holiday Food Bank, UH Football and Where Rail Meets Highway

Friday, November 21

The Projector: Duke Aiona Changes Diapers, UH Protesters and the Case Against PRP