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Lee Cataluna: Hurricane survey asks crucial questions

Every time a hurricane was heading our way this summer, the same confusion and fear would rise up and echo around the hours of media storm coverage, questions of whether to evacuate, where to go and what to bring. After a while, it became clear nobody had a good handle on this. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Rainy season comes with recognizable variations

We might not use precise words to describe rain, but there seems to be a shared understanding in Hawaii that rain isn’t just rain, that it comes in many forms, so that when you hear it might rain, you wonder, “OK, but what kind?” Read More

Lee Cataluna: Missing the benefits of big apologies

You know what you don’t see very often anymore, besides flip phones, fax machines and typewriters? Big apologies. Read More

Lee Cataluna: It wasn’t a bomb; it was just Gov. Ige

On Monday around lunchtime, some people in downtown Honolulu heard a big, reverberating boom. And then another. And another. Read More

Lee Cataluna: World-class beach is already a playground

I’m not sure what a world-class playground is, but I’m pretty sure what a world-class beach is, and I think Ala Moana beach park probably qualifies, especially if the bathrooms get clean and stay clean, the plumbing and irrigation features are fully functional, there are places to park and the nearshore water isn’t gunked up with trash or stream runoff or wastewater spills. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Thirty Meter Telescope debate not over with recent ruling

In October the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state’s approval of a conservation district use permit to build the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, and it may have seemed like that was the end of the matter. Read More
 

Lee Cataluna: When the teacher’s best friend is a star

A few years back, the mother of one of teacher Cody Okimoto’s students came to see him after school. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Hale Kipa proceeding with 2007 dream center

Twelve years ago the leaders of a long- established Hawaii agency that helps at-risk kids had a dream of building their own service center and emergency shelter for kids with nowhere else to go. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Plan now to mark anniversary of false missile

Now that the leftover turkey has been ala king’d or jook’d and we are officially rolling like a winter swell into the crash of holidays, perhaps it’s time to start planning for Jan. 13. Read More
 

Lee Cataluna: Trend of political profanity getting old

Gabbard’s profane tweet feels like copy-catting. Trump set the tone and politicians all the way down to city hall feel like they have to talk dirty to be trendy. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Girls hit their hallelujah (finally)

Everybody who went to the Bruno Mars concert shared their blurry photos on social media to prove they were there. Read More

Lee Cataluna: When hype overpowers fact, we get mongoosed

Overheated public relations campaigns and news coverage that unquestioningly repeats a press release are not exclusive to our current era. Take the case of the mongoose’s introduction to Hawaii. Read More
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Lee Cataluna: Musician plans big for no-rest holiday

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A year ago college student Chris Yick had a big idea. The ‘Iolani class of 2016 alumnus wanted to set up a nonprofit organization to bring chamber music experiences and education to Hawaii. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Time to plan for next election already here

It’s not too soon to be thinking about the next election, even if everyone’s sick of it all right now. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Day-after waving a sign of character

Sign-waving the day after the election must be especially difficult for the losing candidate. Yet some people rise to that humbling occasion and get back out there to say thank you. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Diversity in politics old news to Hawaii

In covering the midterm elections across the country this week, journalists kept marveling over the “rainbow wave,” the large number of women, minorities and LGBT candidates from across the country who won seats in Congress. Read More
 

Lee Cataluna: Finding joy in complicated family

Eric Paulson of Pennsylvania knew he was adopted, but he had no idea that his father was something of a surfing legend in Hawaii. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Goosing up outrage, ducking responsibility

On the one hand, there is the particular pleasure of making friends with animals you meet on your daily walk. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Moving the problem doesn’t solve it

The end of the road on the north shore of Kauai is now Hanalei, not Haena. Since the devastating April flood, the road into Wai­niha has been closed to all but those who live there, and residents can drive in and out only in scheduled convoys. Read More

Lee Cataluna: A debate with little fire (and a no-show)

The final gubernatorial debate aired Monday at 9 p.m. following, of all things, “Dancing With the Stars.” Andria Tupola and David Ige appeared between two big barbershop-like poles. Read More

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