Aside from natural disasters, Hawaii Five-O and dream vacation planning, most of the U.S. doesn’t often think of Hawaii and the great stories rooted there.
Hawaii has a complicated history. It was an island kingdom that became a US territory, and then a state. It’s filled with debates over sovereignty, nationhood, island and tribal identity, and being a true ‘outsider.’
The first Offshore episode is reported by Jessica Terrell of Civil Beat. It focuses on the racial and sovereignty dynamics surrounding two crimes separated by decades. One, the killing of a native Hawaiian man by a State Department security agent. The other, a crime on the eve of WWII: the alleged abduction and rape of a Navy officer’s wife by a group of native men, one of whom ended up being killed during the case.
Both stories are emblematic of the complex and charged relationships between the mainland US government, a largely white government, and native Hawaiians who have their own strong identity separate from being US citizens.
Ben Adair is the talented executive producer of the show and also pitched in on some of the recording.