Los Angeles Times

Catharine Hamm

Columnist On the Spot

Catharine Hamm is the Travel editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to a peripatetic family whose stops included Washington, D.C.; Honolulu; and Manila. Her varied media career has taken her from McPherson, Kan., to Kansas City, Mo., San Bernardino, Salinas and L.A. Hamm has twice received individual Lowell Thomas Awards, and the Travel section has been recognized seven times during her tenure as editor. Her favorite place? Always where she’s going next.

Recent Articles

  • Has paradise disappeared? Chasing the Hawaiian ideal in modern Honolulu

    Has paradise disappeared? Chasing the Hawaiian ideal in modern Honolulu

    What happened to the watercolor dream? That's the dream that Matson built. Matson, the passenger and shipping company, practically invented Hawaii tourism. In 1908, the first Matson passenger vessel joined its fleet, and elegant white ships were soon sailing people from Los Angeles and San Francisco...

  • Searching for the Hawaii of old

    Searching for the Hawaii of old

    Sometimes when I'm in Honolulu, I'm convinced I've misplaced Hawaii. The Aloha Tower, built in 1926, was once the figurative high point on Oahu. That's what passengers saw as their cruise ships docked in Honolulu. Today, people arriving from the mainland see an urban area that ranks No. 4 among...

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