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Lee Cataluna: Dusty, dull bureaucracy revealed in time capsule

On March 15, 1969, the newly completed Hawaii state Capitol was dedicated with the placing of a time capsule in a cornerstone of the building. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Walkable Honolulu becoming parkable, too

Jared from the office stands up and asks, “Hey, wanna go to lunch? I’ll drive.” And you go, “Sounds great!” and eagerly jump in his car, happy for the camaraderie, excited for the food but also eager to know where Jared is going to park, because everybody has their own secret spot to park around town, down some dusty alley or up some steep, dark parking ramp or in a fenced lot owned by a distant relative. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Permits, laws do little to stop jerks

Illegal fireworks are not restricted to Waipahu, Kunia, Ewa and Kapolei. They’re everywhere, echoing off valley walls in East Honolulu, lighting up the night sky in Waimanalo, setting off the dogs in Aiea. Everywhere. Every night. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Rushing to judge Honolulu prosecutor

Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro is on the business end of those pitchforks right now. Why? Because he received a target letter from the FBI letting him know he was under investigation. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Curiosity and drive make just the right sort

Clementine Kong likes to stay busy. Not just busy doing leisurely things, but busy in a way that challenges her. Read More

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

Lee Cataluna: Musician plans big for no-rest holiday

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

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