The first question I usually get is "what time do you guys get in every morning?"
And I almost always hear a groan when I tell someone that we usually arrive at the station by 3am.
To be honest, you get used to it. The hardest part is waking up. Once we get in, we feed off each other's energy and the morning starts to flow.
Sunrise has been one amazing ride, and it's even led to so many opportunities outside the station.
During my career with Hawaii News Now I've been to Rome for the canonization of St. Damien, New Orleans for the Warriors' Sugar Bowl appearance, and got to fly with the Blue Angels. We also went to Notre Dame and New York to cover local boy Manti Teo's career.
We even got to take our show to Hilo for Merrie Monarch Week one year. Every time we talk about it we smile and scream out the marketing pitch they made for that trip: "Sunrise on the Road!!!"
But getting to this point in my career, like anyone who's been in it long enough will tell you, hasn't come easy. Most of us in this business pay our dues.
I remember how hard it was trying to get noticed in the newsroom when I first started back in 2000.
I started out answering phones, filing papers, trying to get noticed with my hard work.
The first time I turned my news director's head was back in 2001 after the Ehime Maru tragedy. Every day we'd have a new box full of tapes coming through the newsroom. I would stay hours after work to write out what was on each tape, organize and label them. Eventually, I had the respect of my peers, and trust me there are few things more important than that in this business.
Eventually I became the weekend sports guy, covering everything from Michelle Wie's career to the Ewa Beach Little Leaguers' World Series run and every UH sport.
But we had the most fun covering UH Football with the June Jones & Coach Mac Shows.
My then-boss Liz Chun and I worked 7-day weeks writing features, taking notes at practice and conducting interviews for the show, while trying to cover our regular responsibilities.
Liz and I became incredibly close... and yadah, yadah yadah, years later we're married with a beautiful son and a daughter on the way.
So yes, she's STILL my boss.
Everyday I count my blessings to be on a show where I really enjoy coming to work and hanging out with my co-workers. I also enjoy working for a management team that respects it's morning show and gives us the opportunity to shine. So yes, 3am is early, but it really is worth it.
Steve Uyehara is a 3-time Emmy award winner. He's also won an Edward R. Murrow and Mark Twain award. Steve co-anchors Hawaii News Now: Sunrise morning starting at 4:30 a.m. Steve has been with KGMB9 since 2000.
Governor Ige and Hawaii County Managing Director Will Okabe joined us this morning to talk about storm preparations for Hawaii Island and across the rest of the state. Both want residents to understand the potential danger linked to this tropical storm...
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined us this morning on Sunrise. He is pleading with the public to be ready in case Hurricane Olivia has a major impact on Oahu. He also addressed other city issues including the closure of certain parks...
Every Monday we look back at the weekend and wonder "where did it go?" We were all out doing our own thing...from watching the UH football game to hosting a pet fashion show. And now, back to the grind.
PhotoCon Hawai'i is back for its second year after a successful debut last October. Hawai'i's premiere educational and informational event for professional, amateur and enthusiast photographers and videographers...
Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson joined us this morning to talk about the NFL. He said he was stunned by the trade that sent Khalil Mack from the Raiders to the Bears. He also said look for Todd Gurley and the Rams to have a monster year. Tomlinson is also in a new movie "God Bless the Broken Road." Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
The Hawaii Council on Economic Education has selected Kit-U Wong as Economic Teacher of the Year. Wong is an academic dean and economics teacher at Maryknoll School. She has been teaching economics and personal finance at Maryknoll (her alma mater) for over 8 years. Wong's most notable achievement is a project-based learning class she developed called “Navigating the Financial ABC’s of a College Education.” She is Maryknoll’s sole Economics, AP E...
This Thursday is the 10th annual pau hana block party for literacy. The event has raised nearly quarter of a million dollars for Hawaii Literacy’s local literacy services since it began. It's grown each year and is held at Murphy’s and features plates of sliders, local beers, live music by Maneki Nekos, and a premier prize drawing with 5 terrific prize packages, including a grand prize trip on Alaska Airlines and owner’s seat tickets to a San Francisco Giants ga...
Total body agility and strength building - This month we wish to highlight four exercises that can be incorporated into any routine regardless of your fitness level. Your frequency, intensity, and duration will define your exercise output, therefore, find a repetition range that is appropriate for your fitness level. Have fun and enjoy challenging yourself with these UNYQE Fitness exercises. 1. Knee to stand - Start in a kneeling position, with one foot forward, keeping the upp...
7-year-old Azariah Blancaflor heard about the Hawaii Foodbank's need for more food and donations and she jumped in to help. She made lemonade to sell and set up at Fort Ruger Park (aka Triangle Park near Diamond Head). She raised $600. She joined us this morning on Sunrise. To find out how to donate, click HERE. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Dave Reardon of the Star-Advertiser has a great series about the Run-and-Shoot offense which Coach Rolovich is bringing back to UH. He credits Ron Lee (along with his better known brother Cal) with bringing it to Hawaii before June Jones made a successful run with it. He also explains how the offense works and gives his opinion on if it can still dominate in today's college landscape. To read Dave's column, click HERE. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined us on Sunrise for his "Ask the Mayor" segment. He says city workers are working to clear streams as Hurricane Lane approaches and he is making sure we are prepared should the severe weather cause major damage. He also gave us an update on the rail project and federal funding. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Political analyst Colin Moore says Governor Ige will likely keep his seat. He also says Ed Case and Josh Green are the frontrunners in their respective races. Colin says the political ads that continue to criticize Ige's response to the Ballistic Missile Alert may have actually hurt Colleen Hanabusa (even though they were not produced by her campaign). Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Consent papers have been sent home for your child to get the flu shot at school. It's free for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Parents need to sign the papers and return them to the school by August 16. Health officials say now is a key time to get the shot with everyone going back to school and spreading germs. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
All week long we're talking to candidates for City Council District 2. Today we chatted with real estate broker Choon James about her ideas for easing congestion on Oahu's north shore and bringing the cost of living down for local residents. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Local boy Tua Tagovailoa is in the middle of a very tight, very public quarterback competition at the University of Alabama. His teammate Jalen Hurts has been very vocal that he was "shocked" by how the coaching staff handled the situation. We spoke to Rick Karle, the Sports Director at WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama about Tagovailoa's relationship with Hurts and who is the favorite to win the job. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
As we close in on the primary this Saturday we'll interview candidates for city council to give you a sense of where they stand on the big issues in their communities. Today Dave Burlew joined us on Sunrise. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
On today's Sunrise Open House, 2 bedroom condos in the metro... that's Salt Lake to Waikiki. There are plenty to choose from... at last check 392 actively listed for sale. We will feature 3 that have come on the market in the last couple of days. Let's start in Waikiki at the Ala Wai Palms high-rise. This a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, with 1 parking. There's 918 square feet of interior living space plus a good-sized lanai. Built in 1961, this unit was remodeled in 2014. Maintenance fees...
In the spirit of the world cup, we have created a routine that derives from agility and conditioning drills used to enhance performance during a game of soccer yet are also very beneficial for day to day cardiovascular health, balance, agility and coordination. Therefore no matter your age or fitness level the exercises demonstrated in today's segment will compliment any routine in the gym or in your preferred workout environment. The slalom: Set-up, Make a series o...
Rainbow Wahine volleyball head coach Robyn Ah Mow joined us on Sunrise this morning along with Director of Volleyball Operations Aven Lee. They commented on the 2018 schedule which features UCLA in the first weekend. They also have youth camps coming up for keiki who are interested. For more information, click HERE. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Sunrise went "On the Road" this morning to Kaanapali Maui. Our anchors talked to athletes preparing for the Maui Jim Ocean Shootout. But they also touched on important issues like new development and road work being done on Honoapiilani Highway. Oh yeah and they had some food. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
The Leilehua Mules won their first EVER state softball championship earlier this month. They thumped Punahou 14-4 in the championship game despite being unseeded in the tournament. They scored 12.3 runs per game en route to the title. This was also the first year for Leilehua head coach Wendell Au. They joined us this morning on Sunrise. Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Today in Sunrise Shape Up we focus on different types of crunches. Bryan Watkins from Unyque Fitness gives us 5 different variations. The following exercise is designed to engage your abs while protecting your spine. these are all great exercises to incorporate into any routine. 1. Standard Floor Crunch - Lie face up with your knees bent with your lower back flat against the floor. Place your hands behind your head to support your neck. Lift your chest until your shoulder blades are...