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

  As public schools move fully online, DOE says some students don’t have needed equipment

  Court orders release of certain felons as COVID-19 grips state’s largest jail

  State sees soaring demand for food stamps, health insurance assistance

  Elections officials hope switch to all mail-in election boosts turnout

Hawaii’s medical community braces for a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations

  State investigates large COVID-19 cluster tied to Kalihi funeral

  Status of schools uncertain, Hawaii families explore homeschool options during pandemic

  How to prepare keiki for new school year changes? A pediatrician offers some advice

  Pandemic creates new challenges for patients in need of life-saving bone marrow match

UH faculty union worried about potential for drastic cost-cutting measures

  Funding cut for pre-K program leaves families scrambling for care

  Zippy’s begins to resume dine-in service as company struggles with revenue loss

Plan to install zipline in Laie, but tourism shutdown puts project’s future in doubt

  Maui restaurants plead for rule changes to stay in business

Oahu visitor attractions counting down days until tourism restart

  Hawaii families adjust to toned down July Fourth festivities amid pandemic

  With new protocols in place, Chaminade to welcome grad students back to campus

  Maui’s mayor urges Gov. Ige to delay reopening Hana Highway

  Oahu restaurants fully reopened weeks ago. For many, it’s anything but business as usual.

  With new procedures in place, state ends inter-island quarantine rule

Neighbors raise concerns for planned affordable housing project in Kailua

  If you skipped your routine check-up because of the pandemic, it’s time to reschedule

  Oahu eateries welcome back customers for dine-in services, but some aren’t quite ready

  Farms that supply Oahu’s restaurants hope for business boost from dine-in services

With less equipment and no group classes, Neighbor Island gyms reopen

  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