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

  USS Arizona survivor gets hero’s welcome in return to Hawaii

  Critics still not appeased by state’s proposed changes for Red Hill fuel tanks

Family dealing with hardships hopes for holiday blessings

  Honolulu police troubled by big spike in crimes involving firearms

  Input sought on proposal to resume commercial aquarium fishing off West Hawaii

  A Maui family shares their painful experience in hopes of ending drunk driving

  A grieving family joins with Maui police for a new campaign to deter impaired drivers

  Navy says their plan to reduce risk from Red Hill fuel tanks will take some time

  With a catchy tune, kids appeal to community for a place to play at school

  Scaled-down version of single-use plastics ban finds support from some businesses

  A Wahiawa school celebrates 50 years, and a multi-million dollar makeover

Major project begins to tackle erosion hotspot on Oahu’s most famous shoreline

  Food industry leaders criticize council’s proposed ban on single-use plastics

  For 2 decades, Valley Isle business key to Maui’s emergency response

  Farmers scramble to contain invasive beetle attacking Big Island crops

  ‘Tragic’: 6 tons of ‘ghost nets’ hauled out of Kaneohe Bay

  Businesses along busy urban corridor prepare for a hit as rail construction moves east

A popular Oahu gathering spot could soon get an inclusive children’s playground

  The state temporarily restricts access to West Maui cliffs popular with climbers

  Witness to fatal machete attack at Maui mall takes the stand in first day of trial

  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