Civil Beat Staff

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: Hawaii’s Next First Lady Brings Career Experience And Life Lessons To The Role David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii’s Next First Lady Brings Career Experience And Life Lessons To The Role

She intends to be an active, involved first lady. She hopes to open Washington Place to more events and put her experience in children’s issues and advocacy to work.

Lee Cataluna: The Short Life And Quiet Death Of A Village Post Office Lee Cataluna/Civil Beat/2022

Lee Cataluna: The Short Life And Quiet Death Of A Village Post Office

The Windward facility may have been understated but it was an important addition to the venerable Waikane Store.

Lee Cataluna: A Small College Sets The Stage For Big Dreams Windward Community College

Lee Cataluna: A Small College Sets The Stage For Big Dreams

A performing arts conservatory is an usual program at a community college, especially one affiliated with a well-known college in England.

Lee Cataluna: Thanks For Not Being A Chump This Election Season Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2022

Lee Cataluna: Thanks For Not Being A Chump This Election Season

If there’s a resounding message to be received after the 2022 Hawaii primary, it is that all that outside money on negative attack ads was wasted.

Lee Cataluna: Attack Ads Are Hurting More Than Just Their Political Targets Screenshot/2022

Lee Cataluna: Attack Ads Are Hurting More Than Just Their Political Targets

Negative campaigning is turning off voters and driving them away from paying attention to elections and issues.

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.