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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: The Local-Versus-Outsider Leadership Debate Continues Getty Images/iStockphoto

Lee Cataluna: The Local-Versus-Outsider Leadership Debate Continues

There are pros and cons in promoting from within or doing a wider executive search; but is that really the most important thing when finding a new leader?

Lee Cataluna: Police Body Cam Footage Should Be A Tool For Justice Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Police Body Cam Footage Should Be A Tool For Justice

Police body cams were meant to protect police as well as guard against abuse of force.

Lee Cataluna: Finally, Hawaii Residents Can Travel, Too Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Finally, Hawaii Residents Can Travel, Too

Gov. David Ige’s plan to allow residents who are fully vaccinated to travel interisland is a big step among all the little steps to restore normalcy.

Lee Cataluna: What Slow Recovery To Tourism? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: What Slow Recovery To Tourism?

No marketing campaign was needed. Tourists are practically beating down the door to get here.

Lee Cataluna: In Hawaii, COVID-19 Vaccines Come With A Dose Of Aloha Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: In Hawaii, COVID-19 Vaccines Come With A Dose Of Aloha

Stories from vaccination sites reflect an efficient, warm, uniquely Hawaii style of getting shots in arms.

Lee Cataluna: What Happened To HPD Chief? Blame The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: What Happened To HPD Chief? Blame The Pandemic

Chief Susan Ballard’s job was hard before COVID-19 lockdowns. The strain of the pandemic made it impossible.

Lee Cataluna: Honolulu Should Go Back To Tier 2 And Start Following The Rules Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Honolulu Should Go Back To Tier 2 And Start Following The Rules

If the coronavirus counts continue at this level, it makes sense to walk back the reopening.

Lee Cataluna: Blangiardi Has A Chance To Change The Game On City Corruption Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Blangiardi Has A Chance To Change The Game On City Corruption

The Honolulu mayor, a former coach, can score points early on when it comes to the planning department fiasco.

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Already Has A Job-Creation Program. It’s Called Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Already Has A Job-Creation Program. It’s Called Rail

Many sectors of the local economy have suffered layoffs and closures, but construction of the rail has carried on.