Carolyn Sugiyama Classen was a 2008 Tucson Citizen My Tucson columnist. She was born and raised in a sugar plantation community on Hawai’i Island, then belonged to a Jesuit “koinonia” at the Paulist Center in Boston. She is a 3rd generation Japanese American and has studied Spanish, Japanese, German, and Hawaiian.
She has been a practicing attorney, legislative aide on Capitol Hill (for U.S. Senator Dan Inouye), and is now a Hearing Officer in Small Claims Court. Carolyn has also published two short stories in Rick Carroll's 2006 "The Best of Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales."