Garrett Nicholas Cole
Garrett Nicholas Cole is a freelance writer and photojournalist, currently based in Japan. Journalism has been his passion since high school and permeates his life to this day.
Since 2006, he has been a military combat correspondent who has produced and published military-related media for national and international audiences.
When it comes to storytelling, his goal stem from his motto that “everyone has a story, I just want to help tell it.” His love for investigative journalism began during a college lecture in which a guest speaker in his journalism class spoke about a story linking the tragic bombings of Oklahoma City to the Taliban in the Philipines. From a young age, he was always fascinated by detective and noir stories about journalists. One could also say that Jimmy Olsen was a bigger influence than Clark Kent. He loved the idea of getting out in the street and abstracting the truth from the muck.
The foundation of his journalism career was built on education received from Department of Defense public affairs-related training. He also holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University, where he was mentored by veteran journalists. He’s covered stories for national and international audiences and has utilized and managed a variety of communication tools, website content management systems, and social media resources. As a military journalist, he’s led dynamic teams, provided mentorship, and covered stories on a wide range of topics. In the civilian sector, he’s had the privilege to write for publications such as Midweek’s Hawaii Marine Newspaper, Bishop Museum, Kaneohe Magazine, and Wasabi Magazine.
In the future, he hopes to travel and tell stories that are not showcased to the rest of the world. Some of his biggest influences are Matt Taibbi, Hunter S. Thompson, Guy Delisle, Joe Sacco, Harvey Pekar, Shane Smith of Vice, and Anthony Boudain. Garrett is married to the love of his wife and father to three boys. In his spare time, he creates indie comic books for his “ColeVerse,” he loves punk rock, and is a huge fan of Arsenal FC.
Galloping into the Future
In ancient Hawai`i, long before skyscrapers enveloped the skyline and highways were lined with personal vehicles, the islands were vast landscapes where one would traverse the expansive terrain on foot or via the majestic ocean.
Everyday we are reminded of the real and ever-present threats in the world–both natural and man-made. Fortunately, there are those who swear an oath to protect and defend us from such opposing threats.
Raising Ocean Warriors
Surfing is seen by many around the world as a sport, a competition, and a leisurely activity.
Pacific Reservists Overcome COVID-19 challenges to host Yellow Ribbon event
The Yellow Ribbon Program is there to help assist reservists in obtaining the necessary tools to alleviate stress before deploying and during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 624th Regional Support Group at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, recently found a way to facilitate the program virtually for the first time.
624th Regional Support Group Administers COVID-19 Vaccine
Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 624th Regional Support Group received their first part of the COVID-19 vaccine March 7, 2021.
Citizen Airmen in Pacific promote mental, physical resilience
September is Suicide Awareness Month, and the 624th Regional Support Group in Hawaii and Guam took this opportunity during the unit’s Unit Training Assembly Sept. 12-13 to focus on this topic and resiliency.
Maintaining resiliency in paradise
With Air Force suicide rates rising 33 percent in 2019, and the numbers are trending upwards this year. It is vital for the military to provide the proper tools for resiliency to all members, especially those returning from deployment.
Rolling Into the Modern Age
For over 80 Years the cabs of Charley’s Taxi have been a fixture of the streets of Honolulu, serving visitors and locals alike.
Parkour and the Marine Corps
Art du Displacement, free running or Parkour (as it’s more commonly known), has been popularized in movies, TV and comic books.
Single Marines and sailors get their fun fix
It’s easy for single Marines and sailors to fall into the trap of never leaving the barracks room and becoming “barrack rats.”
Anime Fans Prepare to Assemble
Blocks provide you with everything you need to build a larger page. Kawaii-Kon is the first and only anime convention of its kind in Hawaii and has been going strong annually for the past seven years.
Thousands come together for anime fun at Kawaii-Kon
From March 16 through 18, thousands of anime fans were in attendance at the Hawaii Convention Center for Kawaii-Kon, the premier and only anime convention in Hawaii.
11th Hour Set to Rock at Kahuna’s
The 11th Hour rock band performed recently in Aiea and on base and is scheduled to perform live at
Kahuna’s Sports Bar and Grill on Saturday.
Henry Kapono visits K-Bay, rehearses with
MarForPac Band for an upcoming concert
Christmas came early as Henry Kapono, of the Hawaiian music duo Cecilio and Kapono, came to Marine Corps Base Hawaii to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, Tuesday.
Miller Sucker Punches Al-Queda
Frank Miller’s post 9-11 graphic novel takes on terrorism in his signature “pulp fiction” style.
Diving the Depths of Maui
Some of Bishop Museum’s hidden assets include the expert staff of scientists who have helped the museum garner an international reputation of leadership in the field of natural and cultural sciences in its over 100-year history.