Maui-born Lee Cataluna is the award-winning playwright of many of Hawaii’s best-loved and most-produced plays. 

She is the author of two books of fiction, Folks You Meet in Longs and Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa and the children’s book Ordinary Ohana.

 Her piece for theater, The Great Kauai Train Robbery, is based on the life story of her great uncle, who was wrongly convicted of Hawaii’s only train robbery.

 For more than a decade, Lee wrote a metro column for The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside and has taught writing both at Honolulu’s elite `Iolani School and in a maximum-security prison (which, she says, was easier than teaching high school.)

 Her favorite stories are about ordinary people struggling to live lives of dignity and purpose.