Elyssa Arevalo is excited to explore her new surroundings here in Hawaii.
She was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and moved to the islands with her husband, Martin, who is a member of the U.S. Navy.
Elyssa graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism (“Wreck ’em!), and launched her career in Midland, where she became a reporter and weekend anchor.
“I get to cover something new every day. I truly love telling stories for a living,” she says.
Elyssa says some of her most memorable stories were also the most heart-breaking. She recalls the aftermath of a fertilizer plant explosion in 2013 that killed 15 first responders and leveled homes in West, Texas.
“It was such a tragic event, but I went back a year later, and the small town was rebuilding and the entire community was so resilient,” she says.
Here in Hawaii, Elyssa enjoys connecting with the military community, and attended several events for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On her day off, she sat down with a 97-year-old WWII veteran, Mickey Ganitch, who was stationed on the USS Pennsylvania and narrowly missed being hit by a bomb. You can view their conversation here.
When she’s not working, you’ll likely find Elyssa and Martin out hiking or at the beach with their puppy, Leia.