Lee Cataluna was born on Maui and raised in plantation houses in Wailuku, Koloa, and Ka‘u. She is a 2004 winner of the Cades Award for Literature and served as the 2004-2005 Keables Chair at ‘Iolani School. Her award-winning plays have been produced in theaters around Hawai‘i and her collection of short stories, Folks You Meet in Long’s (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2005), was awarded the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Literature in 2006. Her novel, Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa, was released in 2011. Cataluna currently writes for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.