Mahealani Richardson

Published On: Dec 12 2011 08:47:49 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 01:31:42 PM HST

Mahealani Richardson wakes up at 1 a.m. for her job as anchor for KITV4 News This Morning.

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Her most memorable stories include covering President Obama's Inauguration for 7 hours in 7 degree weather, witnessing the arrival of the Hokule'a voyaging canoe in Easter Island, getting close to the lava at Kilauea Volcano and anchoring non-stop during the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Mahealani has interviewed community leaders, politicians and international figures including Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and Donald Trump, but she most enjoys listening to the inspirational stories of everyday people.

Mahealani was awarded a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her documentary "War with Iraq, Through the Eyes of Hawaii’s Kids." A Murrow award is one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism.

She started in television news during her college years at the University of Pennsylvania when she interned at CBS News in New York City and Philadelphia. She worked at KGW in Portland, Oregon as a reporter and has been with KITV since 2002.

Mahealani was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Kamehameha Schools. She enjoys dancing, hiking, volunteering for various community organizations and most of all, spending time with her husband, Mike, and son, Sky Kanekoa.

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