Articles, Essays & First Person Journalism

     We as Americans seem to have a thick skin when it comes to violence and death. We only gasp if the circumstances are tragic, but even school shootings and deranged murderers are becoming the norm. Movies, tv, video games and nightly news provide us with more than enough sad, grotesque stories so that we get our fill everyday in one form or another, but when it comes to actually dealing with death, we as a nation are infantile.

Hawaii has always been one of the most diverse and most accepting places I have ever witnessed. With cultures and races not only celebrating their own unique traditions, but taking part in each other’s traditions as well, I have always been in amazement at the way the people in these islands always seem to come to love and adopt one another.

             I recently had the opportunity to meet with J-Shiu a.k.a. Jarett Shiu, a local rap artist born and raised here in Honolulu, he is young and fresh with ideas, waiting to break the glass. The Bio on his Web Page reads: “Love God, family, sports, music, and money in that order...Always on the come up, always pushin’ forward...”  And to meet the man himself you would see why his priorities are listed in that order.

For the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, coming back home should be a time for celebration, not sorrow. Yet as the drip-drip-drip of military suicides continues to make the front pages of local newspapers, the reality is anything but cheery, and increasingly the first source of news isn't the local newsreader or reporter--but Facebook and Twitter. Yet as John Winn discovers, social media and the Internet can be a help as well as a hurt. The military is already harnessing the Web to reach out to disaffected vets--but are the troops listening?


Child abuse is on the decline, yet for many case workers, attorneys and psychologists neglect continues to be the Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name. Research has only just begun on its psychological and social effects. Yet as correspondent John Winn discovers, untangling the threads that tie social work and the criminal justice system can be just as complicated as any case file...and just as controversial.