Lauren Kawana

Photo by Dave Miyamoto

Born and raised in Hawaii, Lauren Kawana is a video journalist with a background in print. She currently works in the San Francisco Bay Area as an independent documentary film producer. Her most recent project–Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw directed by Rick Goldsmith–tells the story of a former women’s professional basketball player and her struggle with mental illness. Lauren received her master’s degree in documentary film at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before moving to California, she served as managing editor for Element Media, a Honolulu-based publishing firm which produces Pacific Edge and Las Vegas Bound magazines. Lauren also had the privilege to work on the award-winning film Ahead of the Majority: The Life and Times of Patsy Mink, a documentary written, directed and produced by Kimberlee Bassford of Making Waves Films. Lauren has also reported on education and youth for Oakland North.


Lauren’s experience includes:


Archival research

Field producing



Community Outreach & Distribution