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

  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

  ‘You can do anything’: Perseverance pays off for this Hawaii valedictorian

  Maui mural that honors veterans across the generations is a must-see showstopper

  Paramedics called to courtroom to treat father of accused killer

  As dry summer season nears, a community is working to prevent wildfires

  HPU prepares for a big move, which could change the dynamic of Downtown

  Judge: Man who fatally shot Ewa Beach neighbor can be charged again

  Big wave surfer determined to rebuild after fire damages Waialua shop

  At sentencing on large animal cruelty case, judge says Makaha man ran a ‘kill shelter’

  Fate of shelter owners facing animal cruelty charges now in hands of jury

  YWCA Oahu honoree: Kathy Inkinen credited with bettering Hawaii’s workforce

  To shore up finances, Wahiawa General will stop doing surgeries

  After 2 shark bites off Waikoloa, these paddlers are prepared to jump into action

  After a shark’s bite, DNA kits could track down a culprit (or at least a species)

  25 years after father’s ‘calculated execution,’ daughter renews plea for tips

  Hawaii Foodbank tackling childhood hunger with pantries at local schools

  Judge extends ex-girlfriend’s restraining order against Hilo’s BJ Penn

  UH experts scramble to figure out what’s killing a popular tropical plant

  A year after major flood damage, East Oahu library ready to reopen

Plan to allow solar farms on top-rated agricultural lands dealt setback

State drops domestic abuse case against Maui County’s top civil attorney

  Lanai celebrates new nonprofit serving island’s vulnerable kupuna

  Residents report more ballot abnormalities in hotly-contested City Council race

  Kahana Bay condos aim to fight erosion with beach nourishment plan

  State will handle domestic abuse case against Maui County’s top civil attorney

  Month after deployment, ‘Barnacles’ are relieving parking woes on Kauai