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

  Ex-bookkeeper sentenced for stealing $1.3M from Maui plant nursery

  Maui family on crusade to raise suicide awareness after devastating loss

  With long recovery ahead, relatives of stabbing victims open up about domestic abuse

  Large renovation project for UH Campus Center kicks off

  Researchers spot exotic creatures in marine national monument

USS Arizona survivor who was second to last to leave the sinking battleship dies at 98

Centennial celebration recognizes rich history of railroads in Hawaii

  As tensions over TMT run high, plan to build small observatory in Lanai faces scrutiny

  Gov. Ige explains why he couldn’t grant Mayor Kim’s wish of delaying TMT construction

  Families anxiously await Varona Village redevelopment deal

  New tools for Hawaii drivers unveiled as students head back to school

  Kahuku wind farm to include 8 wind turbines as tall as 56-story buildings

  18 years ago, Liberty House closed. For former employees, it seems like yesterday

Maui businesses and agencies add up losses after recent wildfires

  Family mourns adventurer who died while climbing Maui waterfall

City works to refine search for illegal vacation rentals as new regulations roll out

  It’s taken years and millions of dollars, but this Waikiki park is finally taking shape

  Here’s why the Big Island is setting goats and sheep loose at county parks

  Several tourism-focused businesses close for the day to support TMT opponents

  Drugs and abuse tore them apart, but this Waimanalo family has finally been reunited

  Volunteers get to work fixing vandalized headstones at Kawaihao Church cemetery

  Big Island toddler badly burned by improperly disposed coals after a holiday cookout

  TMT opponents fear county resources will be pitted against protestors as tensions brew

State to take closer look at FEMA’s repayment requests to some eruption evacuees

  Authorities raise alarm about illegal use of gun conversion device in Hawaii

  Devastated, a Maui family remembers the life of a 19-year-old killed in a recent crash

Tear it down or reopen it? A new evaluation outlines options for the Haiku Stairs

  Invasive long-horned beetle from Australia attacking crops in Puna

  FEMA wants some eruption evacuees to return disaster assistance funds

  'Justice was not served’: Under deal, accused murderer will only serve time for assault