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Hawaii journalists’ work featured in photo exhibit

Lama Library, Kapiolani Community College“Vietnam: The War and the People,” an exhibit providing a graphic look back at the Vietnam War, opened at Kapiolani Community College yesterday afternoon. The exhibit features the work of longtime Hawaii journalists Bob Jones and Denby Fawcett, who both worked covering the war on the ground.

Click on the photo to see more pictures from yesterday’s opening.

Jones mused about his war experiences in a MidWeek column last week.

Fawcett’s combat boots are featured in one display, along with several photos of her wearing them in the field. Other photos capture different aspects of the war, vivid reminders of the era, now fading in the public memory after several generations.

The exhibit is in the Lama Library, which is easily accessible from Parking Lot E on the KCC campus. It is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 4 p.m.

A map of the campus is available here.

Maui News recalls 1977 disappearance of two Kahoolawe activists

Maui News writer Colleen Uechi wrote a beautiful story published yesterday on the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of George Helm and Kimo Mitchell on March 7, 1977 (“40 years after men’s disappearance at sea, their vision for Kahoolawe has become a reality“). A fine bit of journalism, for sure.

I had a little advance warning in the form of an email on Friday from UH Professor and longtime Kahoolawe activist Davianna McGregor looking for an old photo.

Colleen Uechi of Maui News is writing a story for
the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of
George Helm and Kimo Mitchell (3-7-1977).

Are they any photos of George that you have that
Colleen could use for the story.

I do remember those terrible days after we heard the news about Helm’s disappearance. The anniversary brings back that pain.

The terrible thing about having tens of thousands of old photos–negatives, scans, and digital images–is finding something on short notice.

But I came up with this one, taken at a Kahoolawe workshop at Maui Community College on February 12, 1976. I have other bits and pieces from that day, including additional photos, a few rough notes, and names of some of those who attended copied from a handwritten sign-up sheet.


Ideas from stories reported elsewhere

ProPublica features an “ongoing collection of watchdog reporting elsewhere” in a section it calls “Muckreads.”

It’s always useful to check out the reporting from across the country.

For example, there’s a good story analyzing flooding in Houston, where heavy rain once considered a rare event has been happening far more frequently (“Boomtown, Flood Town“). The story looks at different explanations, including climate change and unregulated development.

One interesting point.

In June 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dumped almost 40 inches of rain on the city in five days, flooding 73,000 residences and 95,000 vehicles. Twenty-two people died, and damage from the storm was more than $5 billion in Harris County. It likely is the worst rainstorm to ever befall an American city in modern history, according to the flood control district.

Allison was a shock not just because of the extent of flooding but also where it occurred — almost half of the buildings that flooded were outside floodplains designated by FEMA.

It makes me wonder whether there are areas flooded in Hawaii over the past several years that are outside of the flood zones designated by FEMA? There’s a project for a reporter with some time and mapping software.

Another ProPublica story looks at the increases since 2000 in median household income and public college and university tuition costs. Using the state-by-state search, the data show that Hawaii’s median income only rose $363 between 2000 and 2014, while public college tuition went up $3,960.

Those should be relatively easy to replicate and check their accuracy, and it’s an informative frame for the data on rising tuition.

Anyway, browsing almost always turns up ideas for reporting that could be done here.

Road rage suspect did time in the 1990s

If you live in Honolulu, you most likely saw news reports about an apparent road rage incident in which a 31-year old man was shot and killed.

The suspect in the shooting was identified as 72-year old retired firefighter and Aiea resident, Darryl Freeman.

It didn’t take any special digging to turn up this short item published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin back on December 22, 1999.

It seems Freeman served prison time for both state and federal crimes back in the 1990s.

Question: What ever happened to Darryl Freeman, the former Waiau battalion fire chief sentenced in 1993 to state and federal prison terms involving convictions for theft, firearms violations, tax evasion, mail fraud and racketeering to defraud insurance companies with false claims of stolen cars? Why was his house not confiscated as his sentencing indicated?

Answer: Freeman was paroled on his state term April 24, 1996, and was released from his federal sentence on Oct. 4 this year.

“He is under supervision with us and serving a term of supervised release,” said Betty Taylor, chief U.S. probation officer, District of Hawaii.

“At the time of sentencing the court didn’t order any confiscation. He was ordered to make restitution, which we’re in the process of having him make. There was no order at the time of sentencing to confiscate his house.”

On June 7, 1993, U.S. District Judge Harold Fong ordered Freeman to pay some $216,000 in restitution to insurance companies, and Freeman began serving his prison terms a short time later.