Sometimes seeing and hearing what others have to say is what brings us closer to true understanding and compromise. We plan to post plenty of our own multimedia reporting throughout the coming year – send us yours, too.

SLIDESHOW: Diving For Tires And Trash In Kaneohe Bay

Divers and other volunteers conducted a major cleanup effort of the bay on Sunday.

SLIDESHOW: Cleaning Up In Waimea Valley

Civil Beat photographer Ronen Zilberman tagged along on an environmental restoration project in the Waimea Valley this weekend.

Hawaii Storytellers: A Letter To Our Hapa Daughters

Mark Noguchi and Amanda Corby Noguchi share how the love for their community brought them together.

Hawaii Storytellers: Locals Need Non-Locals

Dann Seki tells us about growing up in Aiea and his pride in being local.

Hawaii Storytellers: A Song For Hilo Moon

Sean Choo tells us what it means to be local and how Hilo inspired his love for the land.

Hawaii Storytellers: Undeniably Local

From our Hawaii Storytellers Feb. 21 event: Kuʻu Kauanoe talks about what it's like being a "local girl," but not always feeling like one.

VIDEO: What Does Lahui Mean?

Watch as these University of Hawaii students define lahui and what it means to be a part of a community.

VIDEO: What Does Sovereignty Mean?

The Mauna Kea protests are seen as part of a long push toward more self-determination for Native Hawaiians, but what does it look like?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean To Be Local In Hawaii?

We asked Oahu residents why being local matters.