Lisa Kubota

Lisa Kubota

Weekend News Anchor, Reporter

Honolulu, HI

While growing up on Maui, I never dreamed of a job in television news. My interest developed only after I graduated from college and found myself still undecided on a career choice.

Before moving overseas for a position with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), I spent the summer as an intern at KHNL News 8. It seemed like a different world. Looming deadlines. Phones ringing constantly. The police and fire scanners were so loud I could hardly concentrate. But I loved the energy and excitement of the newsroom.

I returned to KHNL after two years of teaching English in Ibaraki Prefecture. While living in Japan, I wrote an article for the Asahi Evening News about my experience as a foreigner living near a nuclear power plant during a deadly accident in 1999.

I joined the KGMB9 News team in 2004. What I enjoy most about my job as a journalist is meeting people from all walks of life and getting to share their stories.

The Japanese government asked KGMB9 to create a 30-minute show about the Imperial Couple's visit to Hawaii in 2009. I had a rare chance to go behind the gates of the Toyko palace for an exclusive interview about the changing role of the monarchy. Our program also explored the close connection between Japan and our islands.

Another highlight of my career was being invited by the South Korean government to attend a conference for Korean journalists from around the world. My reports from the Demilitarized Zone examined the tension that still exists between the two sides.

I'm proud of my roots on Maui, where I picked up some of my job skills thanks to theatre training and years of speech and debate competitions. I attended Baldwin High School and graduated from Claremont McKenna College in California with a dual major in Government and Psychology.


Recent Articles by Lisa

  Even at the FBI’s gun range, social distancing is required. That’s meant protocol changes

  Amid cloudy financial outlook, UH hopes to convince more Hawaii students to stay home for college

  Hawaii’s libraries prepare to start a new chapter as branches slowly resume service

  Social media proves a powerful tool in cracking down on quarantine violators

  Maui salons, barber shops will be welcoming customers back next week

  For cancer patients, anxiety of pandemic comes on multiple fronts

  With school campuses closed, non-profit finds innovative ways to help at-risk youth

  Got 'Zoom fatigue’ from working or going to class at home?

  An optimistic film industry prepares for the day productions can resume in Hawaii

  With virtual gatherings and reflection, Hawaii marks a very different Earth Day

  2 Oahu nurses had to postpone their wedding, but still got a sweet (virtual) surprise

  On emptier roads, police notice concerning uptick in speeding and jaywalking

  For Hawaii entertainers grappling with pandemic’s fallout, the show (still) must go on

  She was diagnosed with COVID-19 after a trip to New York. Then the cruelty started.

Crews disinfect businesses, public areas in Hana after resident tests positive for COVID-19

Postal Service makes changes after Honolulu employee tests positive for COVID-19

  Researchers need your help tracking the movement of coronavirus in Hawaii

  Kona couple quarantined in California after getting off ship with cluster of COVID-19 cases

  How to talk to your child about the coronavirus pandemic

One gathering not canceled in Honolulu: A conference on risk management

  Protecting kupuna: Advocates urge help for elderly care organizations amid outbreak

  Amid coronavirus concerns, Hawaii steps up efforts to sanitize airports

Outreach center that aims to move homeless into shelters moves to urban core

  City plans $39M Emergency Operations Center to better respond to disasters

  Hawaii residents relieved upcoming voyage on quarantined cruise ship was canceled

  Bill would eliminate special inspections for lowriders, lifted vehicles

  Wahiawa mother tries to honor her son’s memory in graduation dispute

  6 years after Charli Scott’s murder, her parents are still waiting to receive her remains

  ‘A very tragic event’: Ceremony honors lives lost in Ehime Maru tragedy 19 years ago

  Coronavirus travel warnings, cancellations begin to take toll on Hawaii tour companies