Lacy Deniz

Lacy Deniz

Sunrise Traffic Reporter

Honolulu, HI

Born and raised on the Island of Hawaii, I come from a small town where everyone waves at each other while passing on the street, and the sense of ‘ohana surrounds you no matter where you go. Instead of an alarm clock, I wake up to crowing chickens; instead of driving on a freeway, I drive on dirt roads. I wouldn’t want to be raised any other way.

I graduated from Kamehameha High School Kapalama where I boarded for 4 years. I went on to graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications.

Amidst my college career, I was also involved with pageants. I was crowned Miss Kona Coffee in 2011 and went on to the Miss Hawaii pageant. During this journey I was able to pursue my passion of volunteerism, and started working with numerous organizations in the community, in which I continue to pursue.

In 2013, I started off as an intern with Hawaii News Now. With a fresh note pad in hand and a million butterflies in my stomach, I entered the doors like a kid in a candy store. Each day I watched and learned something new, fueling my passion for journalism. A year later I was offered a position as an associate producer, and then later became the weekend assignment editor. I dealt with stories ranging from plane crashes, to heartfelt human-interest stories. My passion for news had exponentially grown.

Hula is one of my main passions in life. It is a practice that has been passed down in my family for many generations. Seeing my grandparents’ eyes light up every time they watched me perform inspired me to dedicate my life to this art. Hula has taken me around the world, meeting new people and learning about other cultures. Most recently my halau and I participated in the Olympics of hula, the Merrie Monarch Festival Competition.

When I’m not in the studio you can catch me trading in my heels for hiking shoes, and my car for a canoe. From mauka to makai, I enjoy being in the outdoors. Whether it is paddling, hiking or riding my horse, the outdoors is my favorite place to be.

In life I have always followed the mana’o: “Hiki no na mea a pau i ka mana’o’i’o,” all is possible through faith. After taking my leap of faith here at Hawaii News Now, I feel incredibly blessed to be able to fulfill my dreams in my home state of Hawaii nei. I look forward to joining you every morning, and hope to add a dash of aloha to your commute.

Recent Articles by Lacy

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  KokuaCast: Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

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  KokuaCast: Pohukaina Food Pantry

  KokuaCast: No interest microloans for Hawaii food producers, small businesses

  KokuaCast: Kaiser Permanente food distribution

  KokuaCast: The Pantry

  KokuaCast: Maui Humane Society's '4ever Pet Program'

  KokuaCast: Remote Ready Hawaii

  KokuaCast: Mana Up

  KokuaCast: Hawaii Island United Way

  KokuaCast: Family Promise of Hawaii

  Emergency rent relief available for Native Hawaiians on DHHL wait list

  KokuaCast: Kahiau Together

  Hawaiʻi Utility Bill Assistance Program

  Kokuacast: Aloha Harvest

  Kokuacast: Feed the Hunger Fund

  Kokuacast: Lanakila Multipurpose Senior Center Program

  Kokuacast: Keiki Heroes

  Kokuacast: Ke Kula Nui O Waimanalo

  Kokuacast: ALEA Bridge

  Kokuacast: Kauai Independent Food Bank

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