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

A closer look at how the state’s coronavirus zip code maps work

  Some Hawaii hospitals accept homemade masks as experts urge public to wear them

  Patient recovering from COVID-19 isn’t cleared to fly, but doesn’t have a place to stay

  Hawaii County’s mayor draws heat for seeking ‘exemptions’ to stay-at-home order

Schools, nonprofits offer grab-and-go meals for thousands of hungry kids

  In the age of social distancing, doctors turn to tele-medicine to help their patients

  A case of recovery: Hawaii man gets CDC clearance after contracting COVID-19

  After flurry of drive cancellations, Blood Bank of Hawaii makes donation plea

  ‘Surreal’: Hilo and the hula world grapples with cancellation of Merrie Monarch

  3 urgent care facilities now offering drive-through coronavirus testing

  5 Kaiser employees linked to coronavirus care under ‘self-monitoring’ at home

  Hawaii health care workers on edge as outbreak hits home

  Backyard avocado growers fret over spreading pest

  How to save Haiku Stairs? Kualoa Ranch suggests they be moved

  Kamehameha School juniors bring new mele of cherished ohia lehua to Song Contest stage

  Iwi kupuna in England for over a century return to Hawaii – along with an apology

  Local entertainers among first impacted by cancellation of overseas events amidst coronavirus fears

  At this year’s Song Contest, Kamehameha’s sophomores to sing about Fissure 8

  NTSB: Plane lost engine power before deadly crash at Dillingham Airfield

  Hanabusa: I don’t need ‘training wheels’ to serve as Honolulu’s mayor

Schatz: Repeated delays of coronavirus test kits for Hawaii ‘unacceptable’

  4 Hawaii residents among scores hospitalized after coronavirus outbreak on cruise ship

  Kamehameha Schools to celebrate 100 years of Song Contest

  TMT supporters, opponents clash over debris at Mauna Kea camp

  Hawaii man sickened by coronavirus on quarantined cruise ship recounts his ordeal

  Suit: State owes Homelands beneficiaries decades of back rent for Mauna Kea road

  Disney show recognizes tween on a mission to preserve America’s national parks

  Cannabis is practically mainstream. Could ‘mushrooms’ be next?

Republican Andria Tupola launches run for City Council while eyeing governor’s seat

  McKinley High honors a fellow Tiger ‘who laid down his life for his teammate’