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KHON Announces Anchor Changes

dashefsky-yamaneHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON, has announced a few anchor changes in preparation for the launch of its 9:00 p.m. newscast, September 8.

Marisa Yamane will join Howard Dashefsky, as co-anchor of the weekday 5:00 & 9:00 p.m. news.

“I thank our viewers — our extended KHON2 ohana — for putting their trust in us to inform them about what’s happening across the state. It’s a privilege that I don’t take lightly,” said Yamane. “I am so excited and feel honored to work alongside my longtime friend Howard, who’s such a talented, experienced, and well-respected journalist.”

The station also announced the addition of Kelly Simek as the weekday morning weather anchor.

Replacing Yamane on weekends will be Kathy Muneno. Dashefsky recently re-joined KHON to anchor the 9:00 p.m. show.

In a statement,KHON GM Kristina Lockwood said, “We are thrilled about the exciting changes coming this fall at KHON2.”

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Honolulu Stations in Hurricane Mode as Twin Storms Approach Hawaii

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Stations in Hawaii are in extended coverage mode today, as the islands prepare for a pair of storms–beginning later today with Hurricane Iselle, believed to be the worst storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years:

A hurricane that beat the odds is poised to roar across Hawaii on Thursday, blasting the island paradise with heavy rains, damaging winds and hammering surf.

Hurricane Iselle is forecast to become the first hurricane to smash into the islands in more than two decades. A couple of days later, Hurricane Julio could be the second one.

Forecasters had expected Iselle to fall prey to the long trip across the Pacific and the region’s strong upper air flow that is capable of breaking up some of the mightiest storms. But Iselle was unrelenting, so the run on bottled water, milk and toilet paper is in full swing.

Full coverage details from all stations after the jump.
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Howard Dashefsky Returns to KHON

howard dashefskyHonolulu Fox affiliate KHON is launching a 9 p.m. newscast with veteran anchor Howard Dashefsky this fall. The newscast will debut September 8.

“We look forward to offering Hawaii viewers a comprehensive late news option at 9 p.m. We have been wanting to add a 9 p.m. news for a while, and we think the time is right and Howard is the perfect addition to our news team,” general manager Kristina Lockwood said in a statement. “We are committed to serving the viewers of Hawaii and providing more local news content both on-air and online.”

Dashefsky left KHON in 2009. In the past five years, he has worked in communications consulting, as well as writing, producing and hosting “Sports People Hawaii” and working on-air for OC Sports.

“I‘m excited about coming back to KHON2,” Dashefsky said. “It’s certainly with some sadness that I step away from my work with OC16 and OC Sports, but I feel blessed that I‘ll still be able to do both as time permits. So it‘s really a win-win.”

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.

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

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