Weekend Weather Anchor
McKenna Maduli is glad to be back in Hawaii after 17 years.
Born and raised in Kalihi Valley, McKenna grew up watching KHON2 with her family. She still fondly remembers throwing a shaka to the camera at the end of a newscast as a young girl.
Now, she returns to the local television screen to deliver weekend weather reports.
“I know how important it is for people here in Hawaii to plan their day, especially since so many activities are outdoors,” she says.
Two days after her 18th birthday, the Roosevelt High School graduate left the islands to attend school in California. Her first general news internship in Los Angeles segued into an entertainment reporter internship, then a career in entertainment reporting and hosting, appearing on Access Hollywood, MTV, VH1, Billboard Live, and KABC.
Her first celebrity interview remains her favorite: George Clooney at the premiere of “Intolerable Cruelty.”
“I was wearing a flower over my ear and he immediately said, ‘Hawaii! I love Hawaii,'” McKenna recalls.
Entertainment has always been in McKenna’s blood. Her father, Kata Maduli, is a prominent producer in the Hawaiian music industry.
“Growing up, it was always stage and entertainment and hula, and connecting with people,” she says.
When she’s not working, McKenna can be found spending time with family, organizing community events, and “falling in love with Hawaii all over again.”