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: 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.

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.