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

Cat scratch disease: It’s rare, but a UH study says Hawaii kids are more vulnerable

In council race dispute, justices grill officials over handling of absentee ballots

Schools offer aid, discounts to St. Francis students left scrambling for options

The advice for federal workers impacted by the shutdown: Contact your bank ASAP

An erased crosswalk renews calls for safer roads after elderly man’s death

Tour dive companies review safety protocols in wake of teen’s death in Maunalua Bay

Flying Hawaiian? Changes to check-in lobbies begin Wednesday

A vicious attack in Waipahu was caught on camera. So why hasn’t there been an arrest?

A robot guard could be coming to an airport (or shopping center) near you

Prosecutors drop sex assault charges against ‘dorm mother’ accused of sexually assaulting teen

Emergency funds approved to keep Pearl Harbor monument open as shutdown drags on

Cutting-edge eye surgery is helping Hawaii patients see more clearly

The ‘miracle’ prescription for the boy who suffered 30 seizures a day? A high-fat diet

Despite clear video of incident, suspect in baseball bat rampage still at large

Witnesses horrified as man with baseball bat beats victims, bashes cars in Waipahu

New effort afoot to search for fourth possible suspect in 1991 Dana Ireland murder

Lawyer: State Hospital escapee may have gotten fake IDs, cash during off-campus trips

Retired Washington judge pushes controversial theory on who killed Dana Ireland

As it welcomes new faces, embattled Office of Hawaiian Affairs seeks a new path forward

Molokai activists warn they’ll protest if Navy goes through with military exercises offshore