Hawaii is not, or not merely, a collection of tropical paradises armed with a savvy marketing strategy; pass beyond the cocktails and waving palms and you will find yourself entangled in historic pain and present-day conflict. In this elegantly assembled new series from Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX, we are promised 'stories from Hawaii', and delivered much more than that innocuous tagline would imply. Season 1 is a narrative told in 10 parts. It attempts to understand what happened when a white cop killed a Native Hawaiian in a McDonald's restaurant in 2011, and the death of another Native Hawaiian in 1932. Though inspired by two criminal cases, we wouldn't call this true crime, exactly. It does look carefully at those cases, but its vision is sweeping, taking in the complicated vista of Hawaiian history and politics alongside the specific details of a few awful, fatal minutes. This production is not afraid to ask difficult questions and we are full of admiration for its smart and sensitive reporting. Start listening now, four episodes in, and look forward to more every week.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: The Death of Kollin Elderts (14 Oct 2016)