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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: Goodbye Forever To Salad Bars, Sweaty Gyms And Office Popcorn Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Goodbye Forever To Salad Bars, Sweaty Gyms And Office Popcorn

If anything good can be said about the pandemic, at least it taught us some things should have long since been retired.

Lee Cataluna: Candidates For LG May Find The Game Has Changed Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Candidates For LG May Find The Game Has Changed

The job is famously frustrating and widely seen as a holding place for gubernatorial hopefuls to sit still and play nice until it’s their turn to run. Josh Green broke the mold.

Lee Cataluna: Covid Fatigue Can Be As Brutal As The Virus Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Covid Fatigue Can Be As Brutal As The Virus

There was so much optimism and planning about turning the pandemic into an awakening. Forces are at work to thwart progress.

Lee Cataluna: ‘Fans In The Stands’ For UH Athletics May Finally Signal The Pandemic’s End Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: ‘Fans In The Stands’ For UH Athletics May Finally Signal The Pandemic’s End

Three years ago, UH was begging people to attend football games. Now, people are fighting to go.

Lee Cataluna: Honolulu May Not Lose Its Chance To Control Tourism After All Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Honolulu May Not Lose Its Chance To Control Tourism After All

Restrictions on short-term rentals advance to the City Council amid growing efforts to build back the economy on tourism’s shaky ground.

Lee Cataluna: Is Acting Crazy Contagious? Bad Behavior Is Growing Getty Images

Lee Cataluna: Is Acting Crazy Contagious? Bad Behavior Is Growing

From airline cabins to public libraries to school meetings, there are no more “safe spaces.”

Lee Cataluna: It’s Not The End Of An Era. The Era Already Ended Lee Cataluna/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: It’s Not The End Of An Era. The Era Already Ended

The last Sears department store will close in Hawaii. Some didn’t realize it was still open.

Lee Cataluna: Mayor Blangiardi’s Surprisingly Un-Trumpy Style Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: Mayor Blangiardi’s Surprisingly Un-Trumpy Style

With decisive action and straight talk, Honolulu’s new mayor has so far not made himself in the image of the former president he once supported.

Lee Cataluna: One Mission These Hawaiian Airlines Crews Will Never Forget Courtesy: Maydell Morgan

Lee Cataluna: One Mission These Hawaiian Airlines Crews Will Never Forget

Hawaiian Airlines crews say their humanitarian mission to ferry Afghan refugees was a highlight of their careers.