Lisa Kubota

While growing up on Maui, I never dreamed of a job in television news. My interest developed only after I graduated from college and found myself still undecided on a career choice. Before moving overseas for a position with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), I spent the summer as an intern at KHNL News 8. It seemed like a different world. Looming deadlines. Phones ringing constantly. The police and fire scanners were so loud I could hardly concentrate. But I loved the energy and excitement of the newsroom. I returned to KHNL after two years of teaching English in Ibaraki Prefecture. While living in Japan, I wrote an article for the Asahi Evening News about my experience as a foreigner living near a nuclear power plant during a deadly accident in 1999. I joined the KGMB9 News team in 2004. What I enjoy most about my job as a journalist is meeting people from all walks of life and getting to share their stories. The Japanese government asked KGMB9 to create a 30-minute show about the Imperial Couple's visit to Hawaii in 2009. I had a rare chance to go behind the gates of the Toyko palace for an exclusive interview about the changing role of the monarchy. Our program also explored the close connection between Japan and our islands. Another highlight of my career was being invited by the South Korean government to attend a conference for Korean journalists from around the world. My reports from the Demilitarized Zone examined the tension that still exists between the two sides. I'm proud of my roots on Maui, where I picked up some of my job skills thanks to theatre training and years of speech and debate competitions. I attended Baldwin High School and graduated from Claremont McKenna College in California with a dual major in Government and Psychology.

Recent Articles by Lisa

  Adopt a family: This single mom is a domestic violence survivor trying to make ends meet

Honolulu police recognize a 9-year-old boy’s holiday act of kindness

No more Styrofoam: Maui County’s ban leaves restaurants searching for alternatives

A $3,000 ‘sand mattress’ is actually helping save a portion of Waikiki Beach

Powerful winter waves damage project aimed at slowing coastal erosion

Board of Water Supply starts new push to redevelop downtown parcel

UH team gets hefty financial boost in developing long-term disaster recovery plans

With the spotlight on Aloha Stadium, improvements considered for aging facility

State review prompted by false missile alert months behind schedule

Kamehameha Schools suspends plan to remove Enchanted Lake waterfowl

The lava has stopped. But for those who lost their jobs, the disaster is far from over

After fatal fire linked to propane leak, officials urge propane tank safety

Congressional candidates squared off, traded jabs in lively debate

Waikiki’s last lei stand could be revived if an ‘experiment’ goes well

Not everyone got the ‘presidential alert’ test sent to cell phones nationwide

Only women’s prison in Hawaii gears up for a $40M expansion

Hawaii nonprofit: Undiagnosed hearing problems can cause kids to struggle in school

The multi-track schedule at Mililani Middle is on its way out (eventually)

A week after Olivia, West Maui is still cleaning up — and assessing the damage

Friends, family mourn after 3 fatal traffic crashes on Maui