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

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A record 11 Warriors tally Mountain West Conference honors

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  ‘They understand what’s at stake’: Warriors set to chase Championship in Boise

Manti Te’o makes NFL return with New Orleans Saints

St. Louis accepts invitation to Geico State Champions Bowl Series

  Carissa Moore becomes first American woman to qualify for Tokyo Olympics in surfing

  Warriors down Army 52-31 on Senior Night

  Crusaders rout Red Raiders 41-6 to capture Open Division Crown

  Hilo wins thriller 20-17 to capture Div. I state title

  ‘Lunas are No Ka ‘Oi in Division II with 21-10 win over Kapa’a

  Maui Invitational a ‘Slam Dunk’ for local vendors

Warriors close out regular season against Army Saturday

UCLA routs Chaminade 74-48 on day two of Maui Invitational

Iosia wins player of the year, as Wahine sweep Big West top awards

  Chaminade falls 93-63 in Maui Invitational return

Warriors down New Orleans 79-71

Wahine fall 74-57 to Texas Southern in Bank of Hawaii Classic

  Warriors capture West Division with 14-11 win over San Diego State

Prep teams punch their ticket to state title weekend

  Wahine capture Big West crown on senior night

Crusaders and Red Raiders advance to Open Division title game

Wahine stay unbeaten at home with 62-50 win over UT San Antonio

  Spot in conference championship up for grabs as 'Bows host San Diego State

  Six squads ready to rumble in HHSAA state football semifinals

  No. 18 Wahine aim for Big West title on senior night

'Bows fall 66-53 to Illinois on the road

Rainbow Warriors shooting guard named Big West Player of the Week

Longtime Hawaii rival BYU accepts SoFi Hawai’i Bowl invitation

Tagovailoa undergoes ‘successful’ surgery on hip, full recovery expected