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

  As she prepares for impeachment trial, Hirono says President is ‘stonewalling’ Senate

Amid a temporary truce over TMT, Hawaiian activists turn their attention to politics

  Could ‘pop-up preschools’ help solve Hawaii’s child care woes? Legislators think so.

  Governor, lawmakers support boost to minimum wage (but not to $15)

  Protests shaping up against military’s proposed $1.5 billion radar on Oahu

  In trial for 4 arrested at Mauna Kea protest, prosecutors call TMT blockade ‘unjustified’

  Military leaders, community debate merits of high-powered ballistic missile radar on Oahu

  Citing flaw in charges, judge dismisses cases for 28 arrested at Waimanalo park protest

  Disappearing highway in Hauula a stark example sea level rise perils

  TMT takes center stage at astronomy conference as talks with Ige planned

Thousands gather at Hawaii Convention Center for ‘Super Bowl’ of astronomy

  Maili group sues city, developer in bid to stop affordable housing project

  After 41 years, beloved owner of iconic crack seed store celebrates retirement

  Group demands Kahului housing project stop digging for iwi kupuna

  Big Island mother pleads for help in 6-year-old son’s disappearance

  As promised, TMT protesters move tent blocking Mauna Kea Access Road

  TMT protesters urged to leave during strong winds. They say they’ll stay put

  ‘The Calling’: As TMT stalemate continues, those on both sides prepare for long fight

  Welcoming dogs among ideas for Ala Moana Park, which concerns some

UH researchers: Military suicide rates continue to rise amid ‘endless wars’

  5-year window for state to reimburse Hawaii county for Mauna Kea law enforcement

  In series of ominous ads, Honolulu firefighters push message of working fire alarms

  Sailor’s suicide while on armed watch preceded deadly shipyard shooting

  Animal advocates hope new federal law could be applied following cat shooting

  GRAPHIC: 2 Oahu women seek to raise awareness after their breast implants go bad

Students collect donations for Samoa as it grapples with deadly measles outbreak

  State unveils teacher pay plan aimed at ending shortage of qualified educators

  Students join chorus of voices calling for higher teacher pay to tackle shortage

  Woman with dementia at center of health directive debate expresses will to live

  As costs mount, Hawaii County pulls highway crossing guards from TMT protest site