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

  'She’s suffering’: Son left helpless as mother battles COVID-19 within a Hilo veterans home

  13th coronavirus fatality reported at Hilo veterans home as more federal aid pledged

  ‘It’s misery’: Merchants plead for help with homelessness in Chinatown

  Whistleblower who exposed COVID-19 missteps at DOH faces ‘retaliation,’ supporters say

DOH whistleblower who exposed contact tracing problems placed on leave

  9th coronavirus fatality reported at Hilo veterans home

  A pop-up mojito stand at Waimea Bay draws crowds — and consternation

  The Pillbox Pharmacy, a Kaimuki fixture for 46 years, to close its doors

  How to handle a COVID-19 case in the workplace? A Hawaii HR firm offers tips.

  Maui Memorial hospital at 90 percent capacity, but ICU beds still available

Get ready: Doctors warn of potential ‘twindemic’ from coronavirus, seasonal flu

Queen’s CEO: COVID-19 has left Hawaii’s largest hospital at 90% capacity

  Hospital space at a premium, some COVID-19 patients are now sharing rooms

  Decision to postpone ’Temptation Island’ on Maui draws support ... and opposition

  Hawaii company takes big step forward in race for quicker, cheaper COVID-19 ’spit’ test

Following community concerns, plans to bring ‘Temptation Island’ to Maui on hold

  Maui Memorial now dealing with 45 total COVID cases between patients, staff

  Whistleblower describes a Health Department ‘struggling to keep up’

Union threatens legal action over plans for face-to-face meetings with students at start of school year

  Mainland college students seek rentals in Hawaii. One realty company is apprehensive

Coronavirus forecasting models show worsening outlook for Hawaii

Dire warnings by hospitals fueled decision to reinstate some COVID-19 orders

  Workers, tourism industry leaders disagree over how ready hotels are to reopen

Hawaiian Airlines prepares for layoffs, says it’s nowhere near declaring bankruptcy

  Centrist House speaker faces primary challenge from community organizer

  Volunteers on Maui find a missing boy who disappeared as Douglas neared

  Hawaiian Air flight attendant who died believed he contracted COVID-19 from training

  Health inspectors aim to help eateries comply with COVID-19 rules

  More Hawaii gyms are requiring masks, even during strenuous workouts

  Investigator: Visitors are skipping out on quarantine rules by going inter-island