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Photo: Kirk Hardcastle


CATHARINE LO GRIFFIN has been writing stories about people and places in Hawai‘i since 1998. Catharine formerly served as Editor-at-Large at Honolulu Weekly, Founding Editor of Free Surf magazine, and Washington Bureau Manager, Researcher, and Editorial Assistant for WIRED. At the Hawaii SPJ's 2020 Excellence in Journalism Awards, her work received multiple honors:

First Place - Health Reporting for "Covid-19 Hits Home"

First Place - Arts & Entertainment Reporting for "The Perfect Vessel"

Second Place - Sports Reporting for "Gen O"

Second Place - Feature Writing, Long Form for "Covid-19 Hits Home"

In 2016, Catharine co-authored the report “he lono moku, the State of the Environment: Hawai‘i.” As Communications Director at Blue Planet Foundation from 2010-2015, she promoted clean energy policy and education.


Catharine lives with her husband and daughter in Waialua on O‘ahu's North Shore, where she enjoys paddling at Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club and volunteering with Wānana Pāoa, a sailing canoe that teaches young people about voyaging, Hawaiian values, and community-based resource management.


Hana Hou!, HONOLULU, Maui No Ka Oi, Civil Beat, Land & People, The Kahala, Ka Wai Ola, FLUX Hawaii, HAWAII, Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Free Surf Magazine, North Shore News, Huffington Post, Hawaii Island Journal, AOL Travel, Sherman's Travel, TravelAge West, AAA Traveler, Jetstar, Morris Visitor Publications, Hidden Hawaii Guides, Columbus Guides, Surfing, Drift, Trust for Public Land, Environmental Funders Group, Hotwired, WIRED

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