McKenna Maduli

Host, Talk Story
Honolulu, Hawaii
McKenna Maduli

McKenna Maduli is the creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning “Talk Story with McKenna Maduli,” a weekly Hawaiian variety show that airs on Hawaii News Now (KHNL/KGMB) in Honolulu. The show is a realization of her life-long dream to uplift Hawaiʻi through the lens of media. Talk Story celebrates Hawaiʻi’s diverse entertainment landscape by highlighting island talent in music, fashion, art, hula and Hawaiian culture.

Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Maduli was immersed in the entertainment industry through her parents’ music and production endeavors, as well as her own performance experience as a young hula dancer. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, she ventured to California to attend Foothill College in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles to pursue the Broadcast Entertainment program at UCLA Extension.

Throughout her time in Los Angeles she interned at KABC with George Pennacchio, gaining valuable experience in both hard & entertainment news. Maduli honed her skills as an entertainment reporter for the likes of NBC’s Access Hollywood, MTV, VH1 and Billboard Magazine’s “Billboard Live.” Through high profile award shows, events and red carpet premieres, she had the pleasure of interviewing some of the biggest celebrities in the world. Despite her growing success in Hollywood, however, her heart was yearning to return home.

After 14 years in Hollywood, Maduli answered the call and returned to Hawaiʻi in 2016 where she joined KHON2 (FOX) as the Weekend Weather Anchor and morning news reporter on WakeUp2Day. Two years later she left weather to create a position in Local Content Development at Hawaii News Now (CBS & NBC). The opportunity allowed her to realize her true passion—cultivating unique Hawaiʻi content that uplifts the local community.

“Talk Story with McKenna Maduli” debuted in 2019 to rave reviews as the only one-hour Hawaiian variety show in the state. Within 4 weeks it became the number one primetime show in Hawaiʻi, garnering two Emmy nominations in its first season and winning a 2020 regional Emmy Award for “Interview and Discussion Segment.” The show was a dream come true for Maduli, giving her the chance to pay homage to the island home, diverse local culture and beloved community that drew her back to Hawaiʻi. Her love of storytelling and highlighting Hawaiʻi continues to thrive as she prepares for the launch of Season 2 in October 2020, as well as curating and hosting television specials throughout the state. She is incredibly grateful to be doing what she loves in Hawaiʻi and hopes to continue sharing profound, dynamic and inspiring stories.

In her downtime, Maduli enjoys spending time with her big ‘ohana (family), creating handmade goods with her home décor line “Hale Sweet Hale” (home sweet home); practicing Aloha ‘Aina (love of the land) through gardening and activism and dancing hula.