Offshore, from Honolulu Civil Beat, is a new immersive storytelling podcast about a Hawaii most tourists never see.
Offshore Postcard: The Queen’s Quarantine
In 1881 — less than a week after King David Kalakaua left Hawaii for a yearlong tour around the world — a ship arrived in Honolulu carrying laborers sick with smallpox. The decisions that Hawaii’s future queen made to keep people safe – and the pushback she received from angry citizens and frustrated business owners […]
S4 Episode 6: Homecoming
How do you practice Hawaiian culture when you’re thousands of miles from Hawaii? And what happens when Hawaiians abroad finally get a chance to go home?
S4 Episode 5: Leaving Home
Nearly half of all Native Hawaiians now live outside of Hawaii. And while many have cited Hawaii’s high cost of living as the main reason for leaving, it’s really just a piece of a much larger story.
S4 Episode 4: On The Road
After the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, hundreds of disenfranchised Hawaiian musicians would journey to the continental U.S. in search of fame, fortune, or just a chance to make a decent living. Some would die in poverty and obscurity. Others would change American music forever.
S4 Episode 3: Hawaii’s Sons Of The Civil War
Two decades after Hawaiians helped build a fort for John Sutter in California, another group of Hawaiians would find themselves stranded in Massachusetts. And take up arms in America’s bloodiest war.
S4 Episode 2: The Tribe
In the mid-1800s, hundreds of Hawaiians lived in what is now Canada and California. In 1847, Hawaiians made up 10 percent of San Francisco’s tiny but growing population.
Connection to Home
Offshore is a wonderful bridge between old and new, between where we want to be and where we find ourselves.
Hawaiian in Houston
I loved the Maunakea season and grew up partially in Marshall Islands so that season hit my heart. Living on mainland most of my life with a dad from the lost generation, I’m so excited to hear this season about Hawaiian diaspora. Thank you for recognizing us who long for home but for so many reasons cannot return to live there.
Edit: I just finished this season and cannot stop crying. I will forever be filling the Hawai’i shaped hole in my heart and though I hate this is such a common pain, I’m glad I’m not alone. Mahalo
Enjoying the new Season
My Mom (from Nanakuli) joined the navy and settled in NC where she and my Dad (a Black man) raised my sisters and I. I felt and connected to this season because I question what it means to be Hawaiian when you’re not raised on the islands nor look Hawaiian. I now live in CA now, and have visited the ancestral lands of the Miwak in present Day Santa Rosa. So fascinating to hear about the history of Native Hawaiians in these areas! Thank you for this season. Looking forward to new episodes.