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

  Mask on or off? For guidance, we asked Hawaii epidemiologists what they do.

  State epidemiologist says Hawaii is ‘close’ to reaching herd immunity

  School-based vaccine clinics step up outreach as younger kids start to roll up their sleeves

  Despite strong opposition, advocates push to legalize ‘water cremation’ in Hawaii

  Ige says lawmakers had ‘no authority’ to approve $2,200 bonuses for teachers

  Meet the unsung heroes who help put on the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest

  Student art on display at this year’s 101st annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest

  For the first time, students to host 101st annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest

  As vaccine demand slows, Hawaii pharmacies seek to convince the hesitant to get a jab

  UH-Manoa offers vaccine clinic as administrators ‘seriously’ consider mandating shot

  At assisted living facility ordered closed, residents scramble for new homes but CEO is ‘gone’

  Senior center in Kalihi hopes to reopen soon thanks to vaccines, protocols

  Families left scrambling after state orders shutdown of Hauula assisted living facility

  Hawaii youth roll up their sleeves for vaccine, but at a slower pace than kupuna

  With new plan and ambitious goals, city vows action to combat climate change

  Silicon Valley’s remote workers are adding fuel to Hawaii’s hot real estate market

  In wake of Chauvin guilty verdict, Hawaii advocates and experts eye justice system reforms

  Early evidence shows COVID vaccines could help with ‘long haul’ symptoms

  Unemployed worker gets a nasty surprise at tax time and she isn’t alone

  After pause, UH willed body program is once again accepting donations

  Program that helps visitors following trauma and tragedy faces deep cuts

  Leaders look for ways to balance economic recovery with anti-tourism sentiment

Battle over Maui beaches heats up as more visitors flock to Valley Isle

  ‘Stop the theft of Hawaiian culture’: Opposition rises as state plans to cut tourism funds

  Homes at new Maui affordable housing development to start at $329,000

  As more tourists flock to the islands, state and community leaders hope for ‘pono’ tourism

  In the age of making it work, eateries are partnering with parents to put on proms

  Officials worry large gatherings over Easter weekend could drive up COVID cases

  Churches partner with the state to overcome vaccine hesitancy in their flocks

  Despite uptick in new cases, governor says he’s not considering tighter restrictions