Lauren Kawana
Photo by Dave Miyamoto

Born and raised in Hawaii, Lauren Kawana currently works in the San Francisco Bay Area as an independent documentary film producer, shooter and editor. 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 as she learns to cope 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 is passionate about diversity in media. She currently serves as treasurer on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.


Lauren’s experience includes:

Field producing




Archival research

Community Outreach & Distribution

Event Production

Location Management

Media Management