Catherine Toth Fox

Born and raised on Oahu, Catherine Toth Fox is an editor, writer, children’s book author, blogger and former journalism instructor. She is currently the editor at large for Hawaii Magazine and lives in Honolulu with her husband, son and two dogs. You can follow her on Instagram @catherinetothfox. Opinions are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat's views.
Catherine Toth Fox: Enrollment Is Down At Hawaii Community Colleges. That’s A Pity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Catherine Toth Fox: Enrollment Is Down At Hawaii Community Colleges. That’s A Pity

Community colleges play a critical role in expanding local access to education so the recent trend toward declining enrollment is disturbing.

Catherine Toth Fox: How Botanists Are Trying To Spur A Limu Rebound In Hawaii Courtesy: Hawaii Sea Grant/2022

Catherine Toth Fox: How Botanists Are Trying To Spur A Limu Rebound In Hawaii

Limu, as seaweed is known in Hawaiian, used to grow wild in such abundance that it would pile up on beaches, but it has become scarce. Researchers have launched projects trying to change that.

Catherine Toth Fox: The Overgrown Ruins Of Waialee Have Great Potential Courtesy: Brenda Asuncion

Catherine Toth Fox: The Overgrown Ruins Of Waialee Have Great Potential

The area that once housed a boys’ school and a livestock research station has been unused and neglected for more than a decade. A nonprofit group is trying to clean it up.

Catherine Toth Fox: How Language Immersion Programs In Schools Boost Cultural Awareness Maryknoll School

Catherine Toth Fox: How Language Immersion Programs In Schools Boost Cultural Awareness

There’s demand for olelo Hawaii, but parents are looking for dual language education in other languages, too, namely Mandarin and Japanese.

Catherine Toth Fox: Let’s Invest In Hawaii’s Child Care Sector Before It’s Too Late Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Catherine Toth Fox: Let’s Invest In Hawaii’s Child Care Sector Before It’s Too Late

Parents should help advocate for reforms, like higher wages for workers, instead of passing this pricey burden on to their kids.

Catherine Toth Fox: Downtown Honolulu Used To Be So Vibrant. What Happened? David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Catherine Toth Fox: Downtown Honolulu Used To Be So Vibrant. What Happened?

Lunchtime lines outside restaurants have largely disappeared and foot traffic is down as pandemic-era hybrid work arrangements continue to be the norm.

Catherine Toth Fox: Why We Shouldn’t Judge Homeless People Who Have Pets Hawaiian Humane Society/2021

Catherine Toth Fox: Why We Shouldn’t Judge Homeless People Who Have Pets

Instead, the community needs to look at increasing and improving pet-friendly emergency shelters and permanent housing, and funding more street outreach.

Catherine Toth Fox: Buy More Locally Grown Food. It’s Worth The Extra Cost Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Catherine Toth Fox: Buy More Locally Grown Food. It’s Worth The Extra Cost

A large-scale commitment to buying from local farmers, ranchers and other food producers is needed to support the agriculture industry in the islands.

Catherine Toth Fox: Why Do We Feel Compelled To Get A New Phone Every Year? Apple

Catherine Toth Fox: Why Do We Feel Compelled To Get A New Phone Every Year?

Apple has been introducing new products and upgrades in special events for more than a decade. But this time around, it seemed only true Apple nerds seemed to care.