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

  Mauna Kea activists ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst’

  ‘There’s many laws I don’t like’: Mayor Kim seeks neutrality in dealing with Mauna Kea conflict

  For some, TMT protest on Mauna Kea has become a pilgrimage and a ‘calling’

  As temps drop at Mauna Kea, protesters hunker down for a long winter

  Hawaii Island businesses ‘somber’ over TMT stalemate at Mauna Kea

  Most Mauna Kea arrestees reject plea deal, citing ‘moral and sacred obligation’

  Disturbing images of Chinatown posted online are aimed at sparking change

  Community divided over Kaneohe cemetery’s plan to expand by 30 acres

  Despite ongoing arrests, company behind wind farm project says it’s making progress

  Wind farm battles aren’t new. And our search for green energy means they’re not going away

  'Unconscionable’: Altitude sickness in officers assigned to Mauna Kea draws concern

Altitude sickness is sidelining officers assigned to TMT protest on Mauna Kea

  Mayor Kim reassures protesters that TMT equipment won’t be snuck up the mountain

  Opponents of TMT project protest outside key financial backer in California

  Protests at other projects empowered by successful anti-TMT protest

  Kawaiahao iwi still stored in church basement as years-long controversy drags on

  Burial council finds ‘no cause for alarm’ on controversial Sherwoods project

  GRAPHIC: For these oceangoers, simple cuts at the beach turned into raging infections

‘Antithesis of aloha’: Mainland poke company expansion plans met with backlash

  Waimanalo park redevelopment on hold as authorities investigate possible artifact

  State to demolish crumbling tower at Diamond Head State Monument

  'We’re going to stand our ground’: Ranks of TMT protesters grow around the globe

  Large illegal dump site develops on H-1 Freeway slope in Kaimuki

  TMT protest leaders draw standing-room-only crowd at Waikiki conference

  No joke! Comedian Augie T. mounting a possible run for City Council

  Investigation into claims of retaliation in DLNR’s boating division comes up empty

  As TMT conflict continues, Ige confirms he’s received death threats over issue

  Ige hits back at Mauna Kea telescope protesters over flag ‘tactics’

High profile attorney threatens to sue over ‘vicious’ TMT rumors

  Big Island mayor floats plan to transfer Mauna Kea governance