‘I Thought He Would Die’: Daughter Documents Homeless Dad’s Life

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Diana is a 30-year-old O'ahu-based photographerDiana Kim was shocked to encounter her father among the homeless population she was documenting in Hawaii. Rather than turn her back on the man she barely knew, she turned her camera on him instead.

Diana is a 30-year-old O’ahu-based photographer whose love of her home, and her craft, were born from her family.

“I grew up on the island of Maui and consider the islands to be home,” said Kim. “My father owned a photography studio at one time, so my earliest introduction to photography was through him.”

But over time, Kim’s parents separated. Her father, she says, became “absent.” Kim spent years bouncing between relatives’ homes, including a few years living in parks, cars, and with friends.

“I always thought of it as ‘roughing it,’ so it didn’t really bother me,” she recalled. “My survival instincts were always strong.”

In 2003, as a student, Kim began a photo…

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5 comments

  1. This is awesome , You are an amazing person . You have the inner strength to face all challenges life throws at you and that is how , you helped your father . Please continue the good work you are doing and bring a smile on those people faces who need your help . It will heal you . What matters in the end is not the destination , but the journey , for it is in the journey where the transformation takes place . Lessons of my own life .

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