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

  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

Holy Nativity School headmaster fired after apparent power struggle

  Group fears state’s new ‘sound cannon’ could be used against TMT protesters

  Worry over the city council’s vacation rental rules spreads to other businesses

  In battle over iwi kupuna, Maui judge invalidates license for archeology firm

  Businessman hopes ‘Seabins’ are solution to Ala Wai Harbor’s trash problem

  Loss of 2 key specialists at Hilo hospital underscores scope of doctors shortage

  Some Kailuans want to secede from the city. It’s not as ‘lolo’ an idea as it sounds, they say

  Koko Crater Trail’s popularity has triggered lots of problems, including a very stinky one

  Property tax hike for hotels gets City Council approval, but barely

  Last ditch effort afoot to quash proposed property tax hike for hotels

  Years-long investigation into allegations of corruption at Boating Division drags on

  Kailua businesses feeling the pinch of months-long Pali Highway closure

Proposed rules to manage Mauna Kea stir worry in the Native Hawaiian community

  Neighbors oppose planned affordable housing project in Maili, citing infrastructure concerns

  Neighbors oppose 'worrying’ Kaneohe housing development proposal

  A quiet act of kindness by a Roosevelt teacher catches the attention of the internet

  Hawaii has seen a 50% jump in tourists since 1989, but spending has remained flat

  In a first, NSA allows news cameras into Kunia facility. And vets aren’t happy.

  30 years ago, Maui development set the course for modern protections of iwi kupuna

  State’s highest court hears challenge to live-fire training on Big Island ceded lands

  Count shows homelessness down, but number of unsheltered homeless swells

  Live in Urban Honolulu? You’ll have to start making appointments for bulky trash pickup

  Veterans blame possible exposure to toxic pesticides for mystery illnesses