Kainoa Carlson

Kainoa Carlson

Sports Reporter

Everyone has a different moʻolelo about how they landed their dream job—each moʻolelo with its own beginning and end, and I’d like to think mine is just getting started.

Born and raised in Kāneʻohe, family, faith, education and sports were all major tenants in my life. In between hastily rushing from church to basketball games, I realized that my family had made a commitment to support me in all of my passions—both on and off the field.

Their investment would eventually segue to my attendance at Punahou School where I would letter in football, basketball and wrestling. Following graduation, I decided to further my academic career at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and was able to earn a spot on the football team. As a Running-Back on the Hawaiʻi Warrior football team, it was an honor to run through the tunnel at Aloha Stadium and represent both my family and state. When my playing career was over, I realized that my love for sports was intrinsic and would never leave. This insatiable passion would form the basis of my career—sportscaster.

In the fall of 2014, I got the call that would change my life. Hawaii News Now gave me the opportunity to join their production team as a content technician. I had finally got my foot in the door.

For the first year and a half, my job was to roll the teleprompter as a part-time news technician for Hawaiʻi News Now. It was hard to break into the industry and consequently had to work a second job to keep my belly full, but it was never about the money—only the goal.

I wanted to become a sportscaster and would set forth on a path to take any opportunity I could get…and so I did.

Now after four years of serving in a variety of capacities from editor to photojournalist at Hawaiʻi News Now, I am so blessed to step into this new position as sportscaster. I am looking forward to delivering and celebrating the talents, accomplishments and highlights of our tremendously talented state. Mahalo for being co-authors in this next chapter of my life and the moʻolelo of our island home.

Recent Articles by Kainoa

Hula Bowl offers Warriors one last chance to play together

  Hula Bowl returns to Aloha Stadium this weekend

Former Punahou star DeForest Buckner and the Niners headed for Super Bowl

Super Bowl dreams dashed in AFC Championship for former Crusaders Correa and Mariota

Team Mauka edges Team Makai 20-13 in Polynesian Bowl

UH defeats UC Santa Barbara 70-63

Records fall in Wahine’s 79-72 win over Cal State Fullerton

Wahine head coach Laura Beeman extended through 2023-2024

'Bows rally to defeat #12 Loyola on the road, stay undefeated

  NFL, college, and prep stars honored at Polynesian Hall of Fame banquet

No. 1 Hawaii holds off Lewis to remain unbeaten

  How Rolovich resurrected the 'Bows and turned Hawaii into ‘Pride Rock’

  Australia’s Cameron Smith comes from behind to win Sony Open

  ‘It’s all about giving back’: Dozens line up for free Oahu Golf Apparel on final day of Sony Open

UH captures Rainbow Warrior Classic in straight sets

'Bows fall to UC Irvine 74-60

Despite late surge Wahine fall 62-49 on the road to UC Davis

'Bows sweep Harvard to stay unbeaten

‘I’m blessed to be in this situation’: LSU’s Bredien Fehoko leads No. 1 LSU into National Championship

  Blustery conditions test the world’s best on opening day of Sony Open

No. 1 Hawaii remans undefeated following sweep over Emmanuel

'Bows handle Cal State Fullerton 75-68 to tip-off Big West play

Wahine fall short 58-54 in conference opener at CSUN

Michelle Wie announces pregnancy

  Stopping Sage Tolentino a ‘Tall’ task for opposing teams

  Parker McLachlin returns home for Sony Open

  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa declares for NFL Draft

Ka’imi Fairbairn’s late kick lifts Texans to 22-19 win over Buffalo in NFL Wild Card Round

‘Bows start season with sweep over Charleston

No. 1 Warriors host Charleston in first match of 2020