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.

April 2021

Wednesday, April 14

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

Sunday, April 11

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

Wednesday, April 7

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

Sunday, April 4

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

March 2021

Wednesday, March 31

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

Sunday, March 21

Lee Cataluna: Kauai Welcomes Back Its King

Wednesday, March 17

Lee Cataluna: Kauai Police Chief’s Racial Stereotyping Was Accepted In the Past, But Never OK

Sunday, March 14

Lee Cataluna: Should Punchy Be Canceled?

Wednesday, March 10

Lee Cataluna: What If The Pandemic Hadn’t Happened?

Sunday, March 7

Lee Cataluna: An Unusual Protest, An Ongoing Battle

Wednesday, March 3

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Loved Love’s Bakery, But That Wasn’t Enough

February 2021

Sunday, February 28

Lee Cataluna: The One Mistake That is Never Forgotten

Wednesday, February 24

Lee Cataluna: Paying The Price For Ignoring Warning Signs

Sunday, February 21

Lee Cataluna: Lawmakers Should Stop Meddling And Start Solving Problems

Wednesday, February 17

Lee Cataluna: We Need A New Dan Inouye

Sunday, February 14

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

Wednesday, February 10

Lee Cataluna: The One Industry That Is Roaring Back

Sunday, February 7

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Legislature Should Focus On One Thing

Wednesday, February 3

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

January 2021

Sunday, January 31

Lee Cataluna: Billy Kenoi Had His Say

Wednesday, January 27

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

Sunday, January 24

Lee Cataluna: Thankfully, That Stupid Case Against The US Surgeon General Is Dismissed

Wednesday, January 20

Lee Cataluna: The New Year Brings A New Hawaii

Monday, January 18

Lee Cataluna: What Have We Learned In The Last 10 Months?

Wednesday, January 13

Lee Cataluna: How One Company Is Going The Extra Mile To Help Its Working Parents

Sunday, January 10

Lee Cataluna: Capitol Riots Were Far Away, But Still Too Close

Wednesday, January 6

Lee Cataluna: Kirk Caldwell’s Reality Show Takes a Brief Hiatus — Hopefully