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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: Todd Graham’s Unforgivable Sin? He Didn’t Understand Our Culture Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Todd Graham’s Unforgivable Sin? He Didn’t Understand Our Culture

One damning criticism of the former UH football coach rose up like a theme. It’s an issue that has sunk many trying to make their mark in Hawaii.

Lee Cataluna: Don’t Fire The Football Coach. Just Drop The Program Civil Beat/2010

Lee Cataluna: Don’t Fire The Football Coach. Just Drop The Program

The University of Hawaii Football program has been a burden on the state for years. Time to cut losses.

Ko Lee Cataluna: Hōʻike Nā Hālāwai Pūnaewele I Nā Loina ʻŌiwi Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ko Lee Cataluna: Hōʻike Nā Hālāwai Pūnaewele I Nā Loina ʻŌiwi

E hoʻomaʻamau ʻia nā ʻōlelo hōʻoia ʻāina i nā hanana kula, nā hanana moʻomeheu, a me nā hanana kaiāulu he nui. E aho ʻo Hawaiʻi e hahai pono i kēia hana.

Lee Cataluna: The Red Hill Water Crisis Is A Wake-Up Call For Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: The Red Hill Water Crisis Is A Wake-Up Call For Oahu

Everything changed when Ernie Lau, chief engineer at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, got emotional.

Lee Cataluna: Does Oahu Need An ‘Office of Neighborhood Visitor Mitigation’? Courtesy: Ray Tsuchiyama

Lee Cataluna: Does Oahu Need An ‘Office of Neighborhood Visitor Mitigation’?

There has to be a way to mediate between residents just trying to enjoy their Hawaii homes and tourists just trying to enjoy their Hawaii vacations.

Lee Cataluna: A Wave Of Sunrise Hikers Shatters The Peace Of This Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Courtesy: Ray Tsuchiyama

Lee Cataluna: A Wave Of Sunrise Hikers Shatters The Peace Of This Hawaii Kai Neighborhood

A newly restored Koko Head Trail and social media are drawing hikers with nowhere to park but residential streets. But now the neighborhood is fighting back.

Lee Cataluna: Let’s Hit Pause Instead Of Charging Forward Amid The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil /2021

Lee Cataluna: Let’s Hit Pause Instead Of Charging Forward Amid The Pandemic

The golden rule of dogged tenacity may not suit this era’s mix of volatile anger and intentional reform.

Lee Cataluna: There’s A Big Difference Between Arrested And Convicted HPD

Lee Cataluna: There’s A Big Difference Between Arrested And Convicted

The adoptive parents of Isabella Kalua are still presumed innocent in the eyes of the law.

Lee Cataluna: How Virtual Meetings Highlight Indigenous Traditions AP

Lee Cataluna: How Virtual Meetings Highlight Indigenous Traditions

Land acknowledgment statements are becoming part of many academic, cultural and community events. Hawaii needs to keep up with the movement.