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

  To prepare for next voyage, Hokulea crew challenged to face their fears

  Citing COVID-19 concerns, activists try to block visitors from Big Island’s Waipio Valley

  Adopt-a-Family 2020: Single mom hopes you’ll help put smiles on her children’s faces

  West Coast states urge against travel, putting Hawaii’s fragile tourism recovery at risk

  Slow but steady tourism comeback prompts more Hawaii hotels to reopen

  Polynesian Voyaging Society to launch virtual canoe as part of upcoming Pacific voyage

  At just 28, newly-elected lawmaker garners national attention for breaking barriers

  Congressman-elect Kahele prepares to move from sleepy Hilo to a divided DC

  Oahu voters helped usher in big changes on OHA board and that’s got some worried

  Teams of experts from CDC, state Health Department respond to Lanai outbreak

  Maui volunteers ferry donations to Lanai as locked down families await aid

  Doctor wants elderly COVID-19 patient on Lanai evacuated as a precaution

A veteran prosecutor and a community organizer square off in race for Big Island mayor

  As pandemic drags on, hundreds of American Samoans still stranded in Hawaii

Hawaii County starts allowing tested inter-island travelers to skip quarantine

  Both Honolulu mayoral candidates say they won’t raise property taxes for rail

  As general election nears, party politics takes center stage in nonpartisan mayoral race

  Ige surprised by pent up travel demand, but warns of slow recovery

  Honolulu mayoral candidates agree it’s time to reopen tourism, despite the risks

  Hundreds stranded more than 6 months after American Samoa sealed its borders

  Maui planning commissioner at center of debate over alleged shoreline pollution

  With usage fees down to a trickle, state parks struggle with upkeep

  Hirono: Holding court confirmation hearing amid DC outbreak is ‘unconscionable’

  After years of complaints, advocates coordinate massive cleanup of Kalalau Valley

  Experts: With COVID-19 circulating, elderly should make their health care wishes clear

  Report: Shipyard shooter’s history of mental health issues failed to raise alarms

  Hawaiian Airlines sees ‘momentum building’ as it prepares to launch testing program

  After 51 years and lots of memories, flight attendant says aloha to Hawaiian Air

  Workers at vets home face harassment as facility faces growing questions about protocols

  'She’s suffering’: Son left helpless as mother battles COVID-19 within a Hilo veterans home