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: Paying The Price For Ignoring Warning Signs

Lee Cataluna: Paying The Price For Ignoring Warning Signs

Hawaii’s Legislature is considering whether to seek reimbursement for the cost of rescue operations for people who ignore warning and no trespassing signs.

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems

When there’s no money to argue over, the Legislature starts getting into other people’s business.

Lee Cataluna: We Need A New Dan Inouye Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: We Need A New Dan Inouye

Everything seems so piecemeal and disorganized. We need someone who can pull the pieces together.

Lee Cataluna: Kauai Should Get Special Rules Because It Is Special Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Kauai Should Get Special Rules Because It Is Special

The Legislature’s attempt to shut down the island’s extra COVID-19 precautions seems like a power play.

Lee Cataluna: The One Industry That Is Roaring Back Courtesy: Karen Neal

Lee Cataluna: The One Industry That Is Roaring Back

Hawaii is shaping up to have a banner year as a Hollywood backdrop.

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Legislature Should Focus On One Thing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Legislature Should Focus On One Thing

Anything other than the COVID-19 pandemic is off-topic this year.

Lee Cataluna: Honolulu Musician Scrambles To Make A Life In Pandemic’s Shadow John Kolivas

Lee Cataluna: Honolulu Musician Scrambles To Make A Life In Pandemic’s Shadow

After 40 years as a professional musician, John Kolivas delivered the mail to keep afloat, sold real estate and will soon start work for an electrical contractor.

Lee Cataluna: Billy Kenoi Had His Say Sophie Cocke/ Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Billy Kenoi Had His Say

Once considered a candidate for governor or U.S. senator, Kenoi spent his last years on his own terms.

Lee Cataluna: Governor’s Disappointing Speech Was Kind of Beautiful, Actually Screenshot

Lee Cataluna: Governor’s Disappointing Speech Was Kind of Beautiful, Actually

What Ige lacked in initiatives, he almost made up for in inspiration.