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Offshore, from Honolulu Civil Beat & PRX, is a new immersive storytelling podcast about a Hawaii most tourists never see. In Season 1, “A Killing in Waikiki,” Offshore investigates the violent deaths of two young Native Hawaiians — one in 1932, the other in 2011. The 10-episode series explores issues of race, federal power and policing in America’s most diverse state. If Hawaii can’t figure it out, what hope is there for the rest of America? The answer might surprise you.




Offshore S2 E6: Creation

In the final episode of Season Two, Offshore goes back to the beginning to search for answers to the conflict on Mauna Kea. Not the beginning of astronomy in Hawaii, but beginning of the Kumulipo. The Hawaiian chant of creation.

Duration: 00:35:08

Offshore S2 E5: The Other Mountains

The story of Mauna Kea starts on an island in the Pacific — but it doesn’t end there. There are other sacred mountains. Sacred plains. Sacred forests. Today, the fights over all these places are becoming linked in ways that no one could have anticipated.

Duration: 00:32:05

Offshore S2 E4: Who’s to say?

Is there an inherent conflict between Western science and indigenous culture? A difference in world views that makes communication between the two sides in this conflict impossible? Or is there something else at play here?

Duration: 00:28:01

Offshore S2 E2: The Protectors

What is it about Mauna Kea that makes it so sacred to Hawaiians? So precious that people have pledged their lives, their liberty, to blocking further development on its summit?

Duration: 00:41:28

Offshore: “The Sacred Mountain” — coming soon

What is it about Hawaii’s tallest mountain that makes it so revered? So desired? So fought over? One thing's for sure, the mountain changes people.

Duration: 00:01:47

Episode 10: Embracing Differences

Is there something that Hawaii can teach the mainland? Something people of all races have learned from living together in such an isolated place? In the last episode of Season One, people from Hawaii tell personal stories about race relations and how to treat each other with aloha.

Episode 8: Never the Same

In even the most high profile criminal cases, there comes a point where the world moves on. But for the families of both the victims and the shooters, nothing is ever really normal again. Not even decades later.

Duration: 00:29:41

Episode 6: Agent on Trial

Special Agent Christopher Deedy’s first murder trial begins in 2013. The stakes in the case were high. For Deedy but also for local prosecutors, who take an all-or-nothing approach to the case — placing all their chips on the table in a bid to lock Deedy up for life.

Duration: 00:27:53

Episode 5: The White Menace

After a hung jury in the rape trial of five local Hawaiians, the family of the alleged victim looked for vengeance. They got it — by committing one of the most explosive crimes in Hawaiian history.

Duration: 00:29:02

Episode 4: A Sinister Past

A privileged socialite. A Native Hawaiian wrongfully accused of rape. A ruling elite that favors whites. So begins the Massie Case. A story from 1932 that still impacts how some Hawaiians view the federal government. And Christopher Deedy.

Duration: 00:33:12

Episode 3: The White Minority

Hawaii is the only state where whites have always been in the minority. There is this idea that people in Hawaii are racist against white people, that they hate the federal government. So, with a huge diplomatic summit taking place in Honolulu, tensions were high the week that Christopher Deedy shot and killed Kollin Elderts. … Continue reading "Episode 3: The White Minority"

Duration: 00:29:57

Episode 2: Two Lives Collide

Christopher Deedy and Kollin Elderts had never met before Nov. 5, 2011, when a 3-minute brawl ended with Elderts dead and Deedy in handcuffs. How did a Native Hawaiian born in the islands and a white federal agent who’d just arrived end up on opposite sides of a gun?

Duration: 00:23:21

Episode 1: The Death of Kollin Elderts

Reporter Jessica Terrell introduces the deadly events of Nov. 5, 2011 when federal security agent Christopher Deedy shot Hawaiian Kollin Elderts to death one night in a McDonalds. This story is tinged with historic suspicions around race, nationality and the presence of the US government in Hawaii. It sounds like current racial tensions around law … Continue reading "Episode 1: The Death of Kollin Elderts"

Duration: 00:36:35

Offshore: “A Killing in Waikiki” — coming soon

Offshore, from Honolulu Civil Beat & PRX, tells true stories from Hawaii. Season 1, “A Killing in Waikiki,” tells the complex racial and identity connections between two prominent killings that happened decades apart. The episodes go beyond the popular images of the islands to tell nuanced tales of nationhood.