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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: Don’t Blame Politics For Management’s Failure At The Hilo Veterans Home Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Don’t Blame Politics For Management’s Failure At The Hilo Veterans Home

Most of the facility’s 89 residents got sick and 26 have died. Politicians got involved and things got done.

Lee Cataluna: ‘Temptation Island’ Is Playing It Safe On Maui

Lee Cataluna: ‘Temptation Island’ Is Playing It Safe On Maui

The USA Network TV series could demonstrate a way forward for tourism as the coronavirus persists.

Lee Cataluna: Saying Aloha To Hawaiian Airlines Lee Cataluna/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Saying Aloha To Hawaiian Airlines

Two veteran flight attendants reflect on the career they loved and why they’re OK walking away.

Lee Cataluna: Behold Honolulu’s Flip-Flopping Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Behold Honolulu’s Flip-Flopping Mayor

The order allowing only solo use of city parks, beaches and trails hasn’t been reversed, but Mayor Kirk Caldwell has a track record of making plans and then taking it all back.

Lee Cataluna: Why Laid-Back Kauai Got Fired Up Over A Cult Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Why Laid-Back Kauai Got Fired Up Over A Cult

Kauai has a long track record of showing unwanted visitors off the island.

Lee Cataluna: Here’s One COVID-19 Effort That Worked Courtesy Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center

Lee Cataluna: Here’s One COVID-19 Effort That Worked

Two days of “surge testing” along Oahu’s H-3 freeway proved to be an impressive example of multi-agency and community cooperation.

Lee Cataluna: Scapegoats And Fall Guys For A Leader Who Cannot Lead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Scapegoats And Fall Guys For A Leader Who Cannot Lead

Gov. David Ige’s pandemic horror show: when the bureaucrats bail, who’s left to manage the crisis?