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.
There’s a cluster of 9 cases linked to a gym. Officials didn’t name the gym, but say it is now closed. Governor Ige said Monday that gyms may be the type of business that might have to be closed down again if more cases come up.
Hawaii's booming wedding industry which was brought to a devastating halt by the pandemic is waiting to restart. Despite the uncertainly, vendors are already planning new protocols and seeing a trend toward microweddings.
At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, there was no large ceremony and the Boy Scouts did not provide the usual flag and lei for every grave, but there was a steady stream of visitors including members of a hula halau who’ve been making lei for years.
At Kahuku High and Intermediate School, seniors and their families were scrambling after a trolley event came to a screeching halt. Despite the setback, they’re trying to persevere with their heads held high.
Malama Meals is not cleared to start serving free food again. The Department of Health says its cease and desist order last Friday is still in effect even though the group has fixed numerous violations.
As part of its disaster plan, Queen's Medical Center set up a COVID-19 screening operation in a tent outside its emergency department so there would be ventilation and distancing to stop the spread of infection.
Clinical Labs of Hawaii started coronavirus antibody testing Thursday and is partnering with Hawaii Pacific Health which will start testing its employees Friday for free. The testing to find these disease fighting proteins are major steps in the battle against coronavirus and understanding it.