Traffic Reporter, Wake Up 2Day, and Co-Host, Living808
Taizo Braden began his television career in the sales department. With his family in real estate, “business is in my blood,” he says.
Turns out, traffic is also in his blood, and his passion for traffic quickly landed him in front of the camera. “One of my many part-time jobs growing up was as a pizza delivery boy, so I know Hawaii roads like the back of my hand,” he says. “If I can save you a few extra minutes during your commute, then I’ve done my job.”
The Mid-Pacific Institute and University of Washington graduate says one of his proudest moments was reporting live from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for 11 hours straight during a tsunami warning in October 2012. “It was a lot of pressure, but all for the public good,” he says.
In February 2015, Taizo took on the additional responsibility of co-hosting Living808, KHON2’s daily lifestyle show. He says he loves doing both “because they’re completely different, yet equally important shows.
“The cool thing about Living808 is it allows me to dig deeper and spent more time with stories that focus on Hawaii, the people and its culture,” he says, noting that “there’s also a lot of good food.”
Taizo is fluent in Japanese and has held a real estate license for more than a decade.
He loves anything water-related, including surfing, diving and doing triathlons, but his real hobby, Taizo says, is his son, Connor. “He’s the best of me and will be a better man than I can ever be.”