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Lee Cataluna

Lee Cataluna has been telling Hawaii stories for 25 years and has worked in local radio, television and newspapers.

She was born on Maui and raised on the neighbor islands as her family moved frequently for her father’s job in sugar. She went to nine different schools before graduating from Baldwin High School, so if you think she was your classmate, you might be right.

She received an undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California-Riverside.

Her writing outside of journalism includes Folks You Meet in Longs, which has been in print since 2005 and was named one of the 50 Essential Books About Hawaii by Honolulu Magazine. She has been writing for the stage for more than 20 years and her plays have been produced and workshopped around Hawaii, in California and New York. Her recent work includes “Home of the Brave,” a play about the lives of children from military families, which she wrote after interviewing hundreds of kids, teachers, parents, principals, active duty and veterans from all branches of the military.

Lee Cataluna: So Much For HPD’s Fresh Start With A New Chief Hawaii News Now/2022

Lee Cataluna: So Much For HPD’s Fresh Start With A New Chief

While we should have compassion for Joe Logan and his troubled son, the police department does not need this drama.

Lee Cataluna: This New Website Provides A Toolkit For Activism Screenshot

Lee Cataluna: This New Website Provides A Toolkit For Activism

A Honolulu woman’s decades-long battle over beach access prompted her to start the website to help others succeed with their causes.

Lee Cataluna: The State’s Manini Tax Break Could Have Fixed Some Real Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Lee Cataluna: The State’s Manini Tax Break Could Have Fixed Some Real Problems

Why give people barely enough to cover a couple of cheap tires when the Legislature could have chipped away at its endless to-do list?

Lee Cataluna: The Sport Hawaii Loves Loves Hawaii Back Screenshot: YouTube.com/2022

Lee Cataluna: The Sport Hawaii Loves Loves Hawaii Back

Volleyball allows us to celebrate excellence, something that is sometimes in short supply in Hawaii.

Lee Cataluna: Pandemic Details May Fade But The Loss Of Life Must Be Remembered Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS

Lee Cataluna: Pandemic Details May Fade But The Loss Of Life Must Be Remembered

Remember trying to flatten the curve? The early rallying cry for dealing with Covid-19 is one of many lost details over the last two muddled years.

Lee Cataluna: Meet The New Normal. Same As The Old Normal? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Meet The New Normal. Same As The Old Normal?

Hawaii may have an indoor mask mandate longer than the rest of the country, but signs of return to pre-pandemic conditions are cropping up.

Lee Cataluna: An Anguished Father Calls For Mental Health Reform After Murder Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Lee Cataluna: An Anguished Father Calls For Mental Health Reform After Murder

The parents of the man accused of murdering a woman outside the Kapolei police station say he shouldn’t have been released from custody.

Lee Cataluna: A Brutal Killing Says So Much About What Honolulu Is Doing Wrong Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Lee Cataluna: A Brutal Killing Says So Much About What Honolulu Is Doing Wrong

Linda Johnson was beaten to death on the grounds of the Kapolei police station.

Lee Cataluna: Can Big City Cops Really Fix Hawaii’s Police Departments? Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Can Big City Cops Really Fix Hawaii’s Police Departments?

New police chiefs from Las Vegas are raising eyebrows on Kauai and Maui.