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

  No joke! Comedian Augie T. mounting a possible run for City Council

  Investigation into claims of retaliation in DLNR’s boating division comes up empty

  As TMT conflict continues, Ige confirms he’s received death threats over issue

  Ige hits back at Mauna Kea telescope protesters over flag ‘tactics’

High profile attorney threatens to sue over ‘vicious’ TMT rumors

  Big Island mayor floats plan to transfer Mauna Kea governance

  Rumors of Mauna Kea sweeps run rampant on social media, causing worry for some

Hawaii scientists net ‘breakthrough’ award for first image of black hole

  As TMT protest drags on, activists fear law enforcement action is imminent

  State, not protesters, could face fines for unpermitted structure at Mauna Kea

  Frustration mounts as police hand out hundreds of traffic tickets at Mauna Kea

  Former Maui mayor: On TMT protest, Ige should take a page out of Maui’s playbook

Parking crackdown, new signs at TMT protest site anger activists

  After weeks of mostly silence on TMT, Ige offers no details on how conflict will be resolved

  Big Island mayor: Ige made ultimate call to stop arrests at TMT protest

  Big Island police incident commander described ‘volatile’ day at Mauna Kea protest

  Scientist disputes claims TMT construction spills could contaminate aquifer

  Officers: Police plans to arrest TMT protesters, clear road abruptly fell through

  Workers at existing Mauna Kea telescopes to return to work

  Maui police chief defends decision to send officers to Mauna Kea

  Law enforcement costs associated with TMT conflict are mounting

  Employees of existing telescopes say they’re ‘collateral damage’ in TMT conflict

  List of UH professors offering courses at TMT protest camp on Mauna Kea grows

  Young Hawaiians learn about protection of Mauna Kea ahead of conflict

  Astronomers express anxiety, excitement at TMT construction site atop Mauna Kea

  Planner of controversial Kaneohe housing project calls critics ‘anti-development’

  Kawaiahao Church members try to right 27 desecrated graves

‘Chicken skin’ as Kaneohe woman recreates 70-year-old photo shoot

  Bulky item mountains line the streets, but city still calls appointment-based system a ‘success’

Activists demand water diverted for Molokai Ranch be restored