Ashley Nagaoka

Ashley Nagaoka


Honolulu, HI

Ashley Nagaoka anchors Hawaii News Now's "First at Four" newscast at 4 p.m. on KHNL and the popular midday round-up show, "This Is Now" at 12 p.m., on KHNL and HNN's streaming platforms.

After graduating from college, Ashley went on to become a news reporter and producer at KGMB, Honolulu's CBS affiliate.

The Kauai-native then moved across the country, to Washington, D.C., where she worked as press secretary and spokeswoman for then-U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

After five years on Capitol Hill, Ashley moved back to Hawaii and joined Anthology Marketing Group, one of Hawaii's top marketing and communications firm in Honolulu. There, she managed public affairs clients in tourism, government, energy, land development, and agriculture.

Ashley re-joined KGMB, this time as a member of the Hawaii News Now team, in 2017.

She is a board member of the Domestic Violence Action Center, the Hawaii Food Bank Kauai Branch, and Make-A-Wish Hawaii's Young Leader Board. Ashley is also part of the Pacific Century Fellows and a member of the U.S.-Japan Council's Emerging Leaders Program.


  • University of Arizona, B.A. in Journalism (Minor in Japanese)

Recent Articles by Ashley

Instead of a baby boom, U.S. experts predict a ‘COVID-19 baby bust’ as the number of pregnancies drop

Kauai man makes 70-mile walk around island to raise awareness about youth drug addiction

  A Kauai man’s 70-mile walk is aimed at raising awareness about youth drug addiction

  For many, traveler testing program is a chance to visit loved ones

  On old film, a collector in Georgia uncovered a glimpse into Hawaii’s past from 1976

  With indoor workouts illegal, Oahu gyms get creative to help members stay in shape

Hui of Kauai parents petition state to let Garden Isle students back to campus

  Hundreds laid off on Lanai as economic toll of inter-island quarantine, shutdown mount

  Oahu businesses, still recovering from the last shutdown, prepare for another one

  Benefits for Hawaii’s unemployed cut by more than half after Congress fails to act

  To woo customers back, city announces Chinatown beautification plan

  The Miracle Man: Retired HFD captain battles COVID, and wins

  Heads up! Honolulu Zoo welcomes pair of new, endangered giraffes

  Hundreds of Korean soldier remains to return home some 70 years later

  Experts: Reopening tourism without requiring visitors to get tested could trigger ‘disaster’

  Goodbye, stay-at-home shags: Oahu salons reopen to rush of customers

  Maui hair, nail salons welcome back clients with new safety measures in place

  Leader of state’s COVID-19 response: Economic strife could lead to ‘civil unrest’

‘Low risk’ businesses reopen with limitations to lots of customers

  State shutdown forces Like Like Drive Inn, a Hawaii institution, to permanently close

  Hawaii’s battered teaching force faces prospect of deep salary cuts

  Waters recede after flooding rains on Kauai, leaving behind a big mess

  Visitors who took advantage of cheap airfare attacked in Waikiki amid growing virus fears

  Driver falls asleep at the wheel, sending car into the water in Windward Oahu

  Local Hawaii Five-0 star shares a special scene with her real-life dad

  Big Island adventurer finds what appear to be live bombs in a lava field

  Daredevil completes heart-stopping highwire walk across Ala Moana Hotel towers

  Lawmakers consider reducing penalties for small amounts of dangerous drugs

  Amid surge in crime, Hawaii lawmakers explore ‘stand your ground’ laws

  State pushed back on plan to house U.S. citizens who left China in Waikiki