Mahealani Richardson

Mahealani Richardson

Evening News Anchor

Honolulu, HI

Serving our community and giving back. Being a parent and working at a children’s hospital, gives you a certain perspective on families in need and helping others.

For the past three years, I’ve served as the director of communications and marketing for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu and it was more rewarding than I ever imagined. Giving keiki opportunities to appear in the hospital’s award-winning local TV ads; seeing physicians honored in the community; and landing patients’ appearances on Hawaii Five-0 were just some of the highlights. While working at Shriners Hospitals, I did some moonlighting by hosting Insights on PBS Hawaii where I moderated forums for the Governor’s and Congressional races.

Now that I’ve returned to news, I’m coming back to my TV ‘ohana. KGMB hired me as an associate producer right out of college at the University of Pennsylvania and internships at CBS News in New York and Philadelphia. I was promoted to reporter and even worked with my now co-anchor, Keahi Tucker. We were both rookies and have come a long way since those early days.

I moved on to report at KGW in Portland, Oregon and then returned home to anchor the morning news at KITV for eleven years. My most memorable stories include covering President Obama’s first inauguration; interviewing Donald Trump, the Hokulea’s arrival in Easter Island; getting up close to the lava at Kilauea; and hosting and producing the documentary, “War with Iraq, Through the Eyes of Hawaii’s Keiki,” which received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

A Kamehameha Schools alum and 2016 cohort of Pacific Century Fellows, I currently serve on the boards of Friends of Shriners and Ka Honua Momona on Molokai. I’m humbled to be honored with Pacific Business News 2017 Women Who Mean Business Women to Watch.

Nature, dancing, volunteering and spending time with my husband and son, Sky, give me the give me the biggest joys and I’m thankful for the opportunity to inform, enlighten and inspire.


Recent Articles by Mahealani

Mass vaccination operation at Pearl Harbor part of ‘war-like’ posture against COVID-19

  Tents offer an innovative solution to schools seeking socially-distanced classroom space

Suspect charged with murder in fatal Hawaii Kai stabbing

  Victim in his 20s fatally stabbed in Hawaii Kai; suspect in custody

AARP wants state to prioritize everyone 50 and up for COVID vaccine

  Lawmakers consider legalizing ‘magic mushrooms’ in treatment settings

  TV and film industry abuzz about possibility of popular crime drama relocating to Hawaii

  ‘Our community failed this child’: Toddler’s murder highlights family abuse in Hawaii

  A domestic violence survivor, former Miss Hawaii USA aims to get victims help

  Maui nurses, healthcare workers hold car parade to highlight contract dispute

  DHHL is thinking outside of the box for new revenue sources, but not everyone is on board

  Hundreds on Hawaiian Home Lands waitlist sign up for rent relief

  74-year-old facing final days reunites with family after care home reaches full vaccination

  After passionate testimony on both sides, DHHL casino proposal deferred in committee

  State now has 30 sites distributing COVID vaccine to kupuna, essential workers

  Governor Ige says he’s demanding more COVID vaccines from government

  ‘Going home’: After 11 months, first repatriation flight to American Samoa departs

  Vaccine recipients share what they’ve experienced after getting coveted shots

  Experts: More screen time, lack of healthy foods driving weight gain in kids

  Pharmacists fan out to small care homes to vaccinate at-risk kupuna

A day after floodwaters flowed into homes, residents in Wailupe begin long clean-up

  Respiratory therapists at Kapiolani hospital say long contract talks hinge on safety concerns

  Advocates worry seniors without computers may be left behind in vaccine distribution

Maui Memorial says postponing 5,000 appointments after supply drop a “huge disappointment”

  With Waikiki Shell check-in, 160 American Samoans begin long-awaited journey home

  Local celebrity known for resemblance to Maui from ‘Moana’ appeals to community for help

American Samoa closed its borders in March. Stranded residents are finally going home.

  A popular option for air service from Oahu to Molokai, Lanai will be discontinued

  Schatz urges public to be on ‘high alert’ as Congress takes up Trump impeachment

  Lawmakers concerned after FBI warns of ‘armed protests’ planned at all 50 state capitals