Same Same

August 28th, 2013
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Honolulu has a lot in common with Philly.

I'll let you stew on that idea for a moment.

Obviously there are differences. Like Oahu's breathtaking beaches, sprawling mountains and beautiful weather all-year round; compared to the blighted urban landscapes of the inner-city compounded with frigid winters and smoldering summers of the East Coast.

But I do see many similarities. There is a renaissance of a young population in both cities, rooted in strong cultural traditions. There is a gritty art scene growing in Honolulu, a vibrant downtown and a thriving business district. Honolulu does it in it's own way, adding some aloha into the mix of brightly colored graffiti walls. It's also divided by neighborhoods here, very different as you drive from one to the next - something that is a distinct characteristic of  Philadelphia.

Our lives as photojournalists vary as much as the diversity of a cities people. I can start my day shooting fisherman at sunrise in Kahaluu, then get called to a helicopter crashing downtown and end the day with a prep football game. Llife is constantly changing, but some things will always be consistent-people are people living dynamic lives with interesting stories that weave us all together.

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A body surfer jumps out to Waikiki Beach Walls while the sun sets with a haze of vog on May 23, 2013.

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Calvin Hamachi a farmer from Waimanalo and his grandson Bryson Hamachi, 5, had the chance to check out dozens of varieties of taro at Taro Field Day sponsored by the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). They offered a variety of information on taro growing, preservation, cooking and more at the Waimanalo Research Station on June 21,2013.

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Families fish on the shoreline for Girl's Day Fishing Derby Catch-and-Release Fishing Program at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden on Sunday morning in Kaneohe on March 3, 2013.

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Rap Artist Prie posed for photos and sat for an interview outside of Fresh Cafe in Honolulu on June 15,2013.

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Chelsea Ferrick, 17 of Mililani High School and Adam Galario, 18 of Nanakuli High School were crowned Prom Queen and King by State Representative and 2011 Miss Hawaii, Lauren Cheape (center) on April 26, 2013 at the Okinawan Center in Waipio.

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Sailors stand on deck as their friends and family see them depart for a tour on the Guided-missile Destroyer USS Chung-Hoon as it departed the Pearl Harbor-Hickam base on April 2, 2013.

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Heather Massetti and her son Maxwell, 2 watch as her husband deploys on the USS Chung-Hoon, a Guided-missile Destroyer, from the Pearl Harbor-Hickam base on April 2, 2013.

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