Mahealani Richardson

Serving our community and giving back. Being a parent and working at a children’s hospital, gives you a certain perspective on families in need and helping others. For the past three years, I’ve served as the director of communications and marketing for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu and it was more rewarding than I ever imagined. Giving keiki opportunities to appear in the hospital’s award-winning local TV ads; seeing physicians honored in the community; and landing patients’ appearances on Hawaii Five-0 were just some of the highlights. While working at Shriners Hospitals, I did some moonlighting by hosting Insights on PBS Hawaii where I moderated forums for the Governor’s and Congressional races. Now that I’ve returned to news, I’m coming back to my TV ‘ohana. KGMB hired me as an associate producer right out of college at the University of Pennsylvania and internships at CBS News in New York and Philadelphia. I was promoted to reporter and even worked with my now co-anchor, Keahi Tucker. We were both rookies and have come a long way since those early days. I moved on to report at KGW in Portland, Oregon and then returned home to anchor the morning news at KITV for eleven years. My most memorable stories include covering President Obama’s first inauguration; interviewing Donald Trump, the Hokulea’s arrival in Easter Island; getting up close to the lava at Kilauea; and hosting and producing the documentary, “War with Iraq, Through the Eyes of Hawaii’s Keiki,” which received an Edward R. Murrow Award. A Kamehameha Schools alum and 2016 cohort of Pacific Century Fellows, I currently serve on the boards of Friends of Shriners and Ka Honua Momona on Molokai. I’m humbled to be honored with Pacific Business News 2017 Women Who Mean Business Women to Watch. Nature, dancing, volunteering and spending time with my husband and son, Sky, give me the give me the biggest joys and I’m thankful for the opportunity to inform, enlighten and inspire.

Recent Articles by Mahealani

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Hawaii Republicans retain 5 seats in state House

Rivals remove gloves in match for Ewa Beach state senate seat

‘Bad blood’ drives City Council rematch for east Honolulu seat

Akaka, Kiaaina share unique connection as they compete for OHA’s Oahu seat

‘There’s a lot of BS’: Hirono explains her (newfound) fiery dialogue

Kawananakoa’s former attorney testifies at OHA trustee’s ethics hearing

A major mess on the side of a Kalihi street finally cleared

OHA’s longest-running trustee faces ethics hearing 2 weeks before election

As early voting begins, Tupola, Ige point out distinct differences in opinions

Ige, Tupola disagree on how to bolster funding for education

In Kapolei, Adaptive Crossfitters do the heavy lifting

Hawaiian Airlines apologizes after custom-built wheelchair is damaged

The state Archives is moving into the digital age

‘Do the right thing’: Discovery of more remains at construction site spurs emotional testimony

House speaker: If tax on investment properties is approved, it wouldn’t go into effect for at least 2 years

Battle over constitutional amendment heats up as state’s highest court to hear challenge

Erosion unearths more remains at Kawaiahao Church construction site

Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City will soon go back to 3 lanes each way

The newest trend at health care facilities: Providers should get the flu shot or ‘mask up’