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KHON Announces Replacement for Olena Heu

ako khonHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON has announced Diane Ako will anchor its “Wake Up 2day” morning show.

She comes to KHON from Halekulani where she was the PR director. This is a return to TV News for Ako, who worked at KHNL from 1996 until 2009.

Ako begins co-anchoring alongside Ron Mizutani in two weeks. She replaces Olena Heu whose last day on set is next Friday.

On facebook, Heu said she was leaving the station to start her own social media consulting business.

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Sharie Shima, Former KHNL Meteorologist Dies

shima_croppedSharie Shima, former meteorologist for Honolulu NBC affiliate KHNL, died over the weekend.

Shima, known as Hawaii’s first broadcast meteorologist, worked at Honolulu’s ABC affiliate KITV for eight years before starting at KHNL in 2001.

“Sharie was one of the first to have her official meteorologist seal. I looked up to her,” said former KHNL anchor and weathercaster Angela Keen. “Sharie trained me on how to use the weather software at KHNL. She was one of the most welcoming and supportive people at KHNL. She will be sorely missed.”

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, details of her death were withheld in keeping with her last wishes.

Shima was 52.

Meteorologist Justin Fujioka Leaving KITV

justin fujiokaAfter 12 years at KITV, chief meteorologist Justin Fujioka is saying goodbye to the Honolulu ABC affiliate.

Fujioka has been named press secretary for Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. His first day in his new role will be January 27.

Fujioka joined KITV in 2002 as an associate news producer and the producer of the station’s weekend forecasts. In 2003, he became the weekend weather anchor. He was later named chief meteorologist and also serves as a news reporter for the station.

KITV Reporter Jill Kuramoto Leaving Television

kuramoto_304Jill Kuramoto is leaving Honolulu, HI, ABC affiliate KITV for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.

Kuramoto told TVSpy as the information officer, she’ll handle “all aspects of communication, both internal and external, for the agency.”

She joined the Honolulu station in 1992. She has also worked in San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego and Guam.

Glitch Forces Some Baseball Fans to Watch ‘Bethenny’ Instead of World Series

mahalo_khonAfter being able to watch the first inning of yesterday’s game five of the World Series, some viewers of Honolulu FOX affiliate KHON were forced to watch the talk show “Bethenny” instead.

At the end of the first, the World Series signal cut out on Time Warner Cable and was replaced by the daytime talker.

“The problem was not our fault,” Kristina Lockwood, president and general manager of KHON, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Apparently the Time Warner fiber connection at Queen Street was lost. Time Warner fixed it immediately.”

The game was back by the bottom of the third inning and baseball fans got to watch the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 instead of an interview with Javon ‘Vawn’ Sims, talking about why men cheat. The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Hawaii’s KHON Debuts New HD Set, Graphics

khon hd logoHonolulu Fox affiliate KHON debuted a new look and HD newscasts this week, Newscast Studio reports.

The new look includes a new set and an upgrade to the infrastructure of the station. It also includes a new logo and animated graphics package. The entire project took about seven months.

“We wanted to have an on-air design that truly reflected the professional hardworking journalists in our newsroom and our commitment to the local community,” KHON general manager Kristina Lockwood said. “We wanted to share our multi-platform approach and make our viewers feel really connected to our team.”

WATCH: Hawaii Reporter Pronounces Hawaiian Woman’s Long Last Name

It took a battle for Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s to have the full 36 letters of her last name printed on her Hawaiian driver’s license.

It took KHON reporter Kanoe Gibson to correctly pronounce all 36 characters in a story the Honolulu FOX affiliate did about the State’s decision to include Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s full name on her license.

Gibson told TVSpy she grew up immersed in the culture. “Although I do not speak Hawaiian fluently, it is still considered the official language of the state (along with English), and many of us [have] grown up singing and speaking the language through the cultural practices (i.e. hula).” Read more

KGMB-KHNL Sports Anchor Switching to News

“Hawaii News Now” has announced sports director Chris Tanaka will be switching from sports to news.

Tanaka will take over for current 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. anchor Shawn Ching. The station said Ching is leaving “Hawaii News Now” next Friday to concentrate full-time on his law career. “Hawaii News Now” is the branding for Honolulu’s CBS affiliate KGMB and NBC affiliate KHNL.

“Though Shawn Ching is difficult to replace, we are confident that Chris can fill his shoes on our top-rated broadcasts,” said KGMB-KHNL news director Mark Platte. “In the two years he has been with us, Chris has proven to be a gifted and intelligent anchor who can think on his feet.”

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Ron Mizutani Returns to Honolulu’s KHON

Former KHON reporter and anchor Ron Mizutani is returning to the Honolulu Fox affiliate, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Mizutani left last year for a job in public relations. In a statement, he said reporting “has been a part of my professional life for nearly three decades and continues to be a passion.”

“It hit me hard on Dec. 17, the day Sen. Inouye died. I was overwhelmed with emotion and I felt this intense desire to tell Sen. Inouye’s life story,” Miztuani said in a statement. “It was on that day that I said to myself, ‘I tried something new and enjoyed my experience, but I’m a reporter. I need to follow my heart.’”

This is the second time Mizutani will return to the station after leaving for a public relations job. He has worked at KHON for nearly 28 years.

Kristina Lockwood Named GM at KHON

Kristina Lockwood has been named president and general manager of KHON, LIN Media’s Fox affiliate in Honolulu.

It is a return to KHON for Lockwood, who has previously served as the station’s national sales manager. In her new role, she will also be responsible for KHON-D2, Honolulu’s CW affiliate.

“We are excited to have Kristina back at KHON-TV. She is an outstanding broadcast executive with strong roots in Honolulu,” LIN Media Television EVP Scott Blumenthal said in announcing the hire. “Her unique blend of sales experience in both television and digital media, leadership skills and strong relationships make her an ideal candidate for this position and for advancing our key initiatives.”

Most recently, Lockwood was the director of sales statewide for Cox Media’s California division. She replaces Joe McNamara, who exited KHON last week.

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