Lee Cataluna, Author at Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Tourism’s growth has squeezed us into apathy


Updated on  August 19, 2017 at 11:07 pm
Even if tourists aren’t being loud and obnoxious, if the numbers are beyond a place’s capacity, everyone suffers. Read More

For most, life is not an either/or proposition


Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm
There is this strange evaluation that happens now in public places, a search for clues to tell you whether the people around you are on your side. Read More

Ige’s Twitter feed is sparse and sweet, and that’s Huge


Updated on  August 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
When was the last time you heard somebody say, “Oh my God, did you see what Gov. David Ige posted on Twitter?” Read More

Fresh breath of life does not end lobbyist’s fight over death

John H. Radcliffe, a retired Hawaii lobbyist who became, as he puts it, the “poster child” for legalizing medical aid in dying in Hawaii, got some astounding news last month. Read More

Intense firefighter class girds those drawn to the siren’s call

With the horror of the Marco Polo fire top of mind, it’s hard to imagine that there are people who want very much to be the ones charging into danger and risking their lives to save strangers. Read More

Focus on why men behaved violently, not punishment


Updated on  July 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Two young Hawaii men, two reprehensible attacks on animals, two prison sentences handed down just 20 days apart. Read More

Marching to perfection a sweltering team effort


Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm
You know how you’re driving down Kalanianaole in your air-conditioned car and you see the kids marching on the Kalani High School field, their instruments glinting in the unforgiving sun, and you think, “Wow, those kids are INTO it”? Read More

Summer cultural camp a rite for ohana as much as for kids

The kids, all 290 of them, are calmly sitting on the gym floor dressed in their aloha-print best waiting for the program to start. Read More

Identities sought for two 442nd Regimental Combat Team portraits


Updated on  July 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm
These eight hand-drawn portraits have the elements of a good mystery — a murky provenance, the backdrop of war, clues that, so far, have led to dead ends and a sense of urgency to find the heroes in the pictures. Read More

Sprinkler issue needs creativity and urgency

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell moved quickly to call for changing the city Fire Code to mandate automatic fire sprinklers that would have saved lives and property in Friday’s fire at the Marco Polo high-rise. Read More
Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Laws won’t make dim smartphone users bright

Any parent or grandparent, aunty or uncle, teacher or principal or responsible older sibling knows the frustration of having to say ridiculous things to a clueless child. Read More
Updated on  July 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Anniversary not the kind celebrated, and yet …


Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm
Conrad and Paola Leslie came to Hawaii believing it was what their son wanted them to do. Read More

When it comes to exercise, doctor Wee walks the walk


Updated on  July 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Many people are told by their doctor to get more exercise. Dr. Theresa Wee wanted to do better than that. Read More

Legislator empowers people with hard work and a smile


Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm
A few months ago, I was at the Waianae library to talk about writing with members of the book club. What ended up dominating the conversation was the west-side traffic and state Rep. Andria Tupola. Read More

Kim, Park will hear ‘book ’em’ again soon


Updated on  July 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Here we are in 2017 walking around watching videos on our phones and going Facebook Live from family parties and watching grandmas with their own YouTube channel, yet we still revere television like it is somehow closer to the divine. Read More

Scents take you places — for better or for worse


Updated on  July 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm
The hot blast of wind carrying the cocktail of jet exhaust and yellow plumeria is gone, but you can still smell it. Read More

ALS battler continues to fight disease after death

Steven Vidinha spent the last months of his life doing everything he could think of to spare others from suffering his fate. Read More

Bikeshare peddling comes with familiar ring


Updated on  June 29, 2017 at 10:33 pm
It would sure be great if the new Bikeshare program turns out to work exactly as described. Read More

It’s a small, small island with a great big problem

In 2008 the happiest ride in the “Happiest Place on Earth” was shut down for renovations. The canals that carry visitors through Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” were made deeper because riders had gotten heavier over the years and there were so many more chubby people weighing down those poor little white boats. Read More
Updated on  June 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm