KHON2 bids farewell to Kirk Matthews

Beloved reporter Kirk Matthews retires after 40 years of working in the news industry. Tuesday was his last official day at KHON2.

For more than 40 years, Matthews has kept the public informed with his warm style of storytelling and reporting.

“Just a professional supreme, Kirk Matthews,” Tom Moffatt said.

Kirk came to Hawaii in 1983, after a successful career in radio and television in Oregon, and joined KHON2 in the summer of 1987.

Through the years, he’s rubbed elbows with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood like Tom Selleck, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dolly Parton.

“What I liked about Kirk was from the time I met him, he was already imbued with aloha. He brought aloha with him to Hawaii,” Jimmy Borges said.

Kirk is known by many as a great newsman and mentor.

“I grew up watching Kirk Matthews, and I was actually a little nervous working with him for the first time, but he was everything and more,” Taizo Braden said. “He’s always looked out for me and always gives a funny word of advice. Kirk, I love you, I’m going to miss you, and thank you for all that you’ve done for me and everybody here in Hawaii.”

What viewers at home didn’t see was that he was the man who brought levity to the newsroom.

“Uncle Kirk” was always the first one to greet our children when they visited, and he did so with a smile, a kind word and often a piece of chocolate. It’s that loving dad inside you that we all got to know and love.

“You know working with Uncle Kirk, you always felt like he was looking right over your shoulder,” Jai Cunningham said. “The thing I’ll miss most, he’s got a million jokes and he never ever tells the same one twice.”

Together, Kirk and his wife, Linda Coble, have given thousands of hours of their time to Hawaii’s kupuna and youth.

KHON2 knows Kirk will only be partly retired and will still file special reports, but now its time to enjoy life, travel, play that extra round of golf or sing another song.

“There may be other songs to sing, and another fall and another spring, but there will never be another you,” Borges said.

“I hope we’ll see you back again, maybe with an interview here or there or a special report, or just Kirk Matthews on- or off-camera. Aloha, Kirk,” Moffatt said.

“I just wanted you to know it’s been an honor to call you a colleague and more than that a friend over all these years, and I wish you only the best in your retirement, and hope that you don’t drive your wife Linda crazy around the house,” Joe Moore said. “Thanks for all the great years. I’ll see you down the road.”

Mahalo Uncle Kirk, you are a true gentleman and one of the coolest cats that KHON2 has ever known.

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Watch Joe Moore say goodbye to his longtime colleague:

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