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

  Gyms battle germs as officials consider rollbacks of high-risk businesses

  As more parents return to the office, some face an impossible choice

  A Honolulu company is working overtime to develop an easy, cheap COVID-19 ‘spit test’

  To help keep virus out and residents safe, a senior living facility turns to tech

  With cautious optimism, Hawaii hotels prepare for tourism’s return

  Masks on! Summer classes offer a window into the new normal for schools

  Former governors speak out against deep cuts at state’s largest daily newspaper

  Self-professed cult member, 20 followers leave for mainland after quarantine arrests

  Downtown Honolulu isn’t exactly bustling these days, but workers are slowly returning

  Downtown private school prepares to reopen for summer classes

6 in 10 mainland travelers say they’d be willing to be tested for COVID-19 to visit Hawaii

  Dance and yoga studios want to reopen now. Their message to the city: ‘We are not gyms’

With big wedding parties not allowed, couples look to new trend: ‘Micro-weddings’

  Dentists struggle amid shortage of medical masks, mounting costs of doing business

  Mufi Hannemann ‘shakes things up’ by entering crowded race for Honolulu’s mayor

  Honolulu’s mayoral candidates throw out the old playbook to campaign during a pandemic

  Halau honors fallen soldiers with Memorial Day lei draping tradition

  Residential care home operators call on state to provide more COVID-19 testing, guidance

  Kahuku seniors drive toward graduation despite cancelled trolley tour

  State stands by cease-and-desist order for organization serving up free meals

  Citing concerns about food prep, state shuts down charity that was serving free meals

  Oahu shopping malls reopen to thin crowds and many stores still locked up

  The Class of 2020 isn’t getting grad ceremonies. Give them a ‘honk and wave’ instead.

  Oahu retailers urge customers to prepare for a very different shopping experience

  May is mental health month, and lawyers are among those seeking help

  He’s battled COVID-19 as a doctor and a patient. The emotional toll, he says, is the untold story

  Oahu retailers left puzzled over ‘lack of collaboration’ in reopening announcement

  Antibody tests for COVID-19 have flooded the market. Some are more reliable than others

  In positive sign, Queen’s Medical Center takes down triage tent set up to screen for COVID-19

Clinical Labs of Hawaii ramps up antibody testing to further understanding of coronavirus