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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: Trump’s Leaving But Can We Keep His Hawaii US Attorney? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Trump’s Leaving But Can We Keep His Hawaii US Attorney?

In just two years on the job, Hawaii’s top federal law enforcement officer has taken down some fearsome foes.

Lee Cataluna: Locked Doors And Empty Shelves Haunt Waikiki’s Prime Retail Spots

Lee Cataluna: Locked Doors And Empty Shelves Haunt Waikiki’s Prime Retail Spots

Retail stores that relied on tourism have quietly closed without notice. And the worst may not be over.

Lee Cataluna: The Maui Conference Optics Look Bad But The Explanation Is Worse Screenshot

Lee Cataluna: The Maui Conference Optics Look Bad But The Explanation Is Worse

Organizers defending the junket say lawmakers traveled to Hawaii to learn from Gov. David Ige. But hey, at least they’re paying for hotel rooms.

Lee Cataluna: The Strength To Call Out A Jerk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: The Strength To Call Out A Jerk

Musician Paula Fuga handled an ugly moment beautifully.

Lee Cataluna: Billy Kenoi Is Back With A Powerful Message

Lee Cataluna: Billy Kenoi Is Back With A Powerful Message

There’s been a lot of buzz about the former Hawaii island mayor’s speech on resilience.

Lee Cataluna: Who Will Enforce A Statewide Mask Mandate? Us? Again? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Who Will Enforce A Statewide Mask Mandate? Us? Again?

Hawaii residents are so often expected to be the “eyes and ears” for government regulations.

Lee Cataluna: This Election Cleared Out Some ‘Leaders’ Who Needed To Go Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: This Election Cleared Out Some ‘Leaders’ Who Needed To Go

Some of our state and local elected officials had overstayed their welcome.

Lee Cataluna: We Don’t Mind Standing In Line In Hawaii — If We Want To Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: We Don’t Mind Standing In Line In Hawaii — If We Want To

Hawaii has a love/hate relationship with waiting in line, but we’re all pretty accustomed to it.

Lee Cataluna: Can Maui Find Economic Success Online? Courtesy Maui Chamber of Commerce

Lee Cataluna: Can Maui Find Economic Success Online?

An upcoming festival shows going from in-person to online doesn’t have to mean scaling down. It can be an opportunity to go big.