Anchor, KHON2 News at 5 and 9 p.m.
Marisa Yamane knew she wanted to be a journalist since the 7th grade, when Hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii.
“I remember my family and I depended on TV news to keep us updated on the hurricane. It seemed like an important job, and I decided then that I wanted to become a journalist when I grew up,” she said.
While Yamane has since reported on a wide range of topics in California, Texas and Hawaii, she best remembers her experience in American Samoa, shortly after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit in 2009.
“It was heartbreaking to see the devastation,” she said. “It was also emotional speaking with people who had lost loved ones, and residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged.”
Yamane is a graduate of Iolani School and University of California, Los Angeles and has received numerous accolades for her work at KHON2, including a regional Emmy Award, two Edward R. Murrow awards and five Associated Press Mark Twain awards.
Yamane is also a world traveler, having visited more than 35 countries, and – this may come as a surprise – a skilled bowler. “I’ve been doing it since I was 10 years old.”