Honolulu police have initiated an attempted murder investigation after a longtime sports broadcaster was found unresponsive with a head injury in Chinatown.
John Noland, 60, is on life support at The Queen’s Medical Center. He was found on the ground fronting 1161 Maunakea St. about 1:40 a.m. Saturday.
Emergency Medical Services responded and administered CPR before transporting him to Queen’s in critical condition, according to EMS spokeswoman Shayne Enright.
Police spokeswoman Sarah Yoro said no arrests had been made. Police did not release any additional information.
Noland had been a sportscaster for KHON2 in the early 1980s and later at K5, where he had a sports show. He also was a part of the Hawaii Pacific University television broadcast team with Bob Hogue in the early 2000s. The pair covered basketball and volleyball games that aired on OC16.
In radio, his career included stints at KUMU and K-108, as well as a morning show on KGU radio with Mike Buck.
Noland’s daughter, Alana Noland, said her father was scheduled to fly to Maui Monday to celebrate her recent engagement.
She said she last spoke to her father on Friday. The next morning, she was alerted that he was in the hospital. She, her fiance and Noland’s ex-wife, Sylvia Noland, immediately caught a flight to Honolulu.
Alana Noland described her father as a man with a big heart who loves music, basketball and spending time with his family and friends. She recalled that when she was out with him, people often would stop by, introduce themselves and chat with him.
She said her father was attempting to return to radio and get his show back up and running. “He just loves being a sportscaster,” she said during a phone interview from Washington state.
Bob Hogue, commissioner of the PacWest Conference and former KHON2 sportscaster, has known Noland for at least 30 years, when Hogue first started working at the television station.
“He’s an incredibly funny guy and he knew everybody,” Hogue said during a phone interview from California.
“Our relationship was not only professional but personal as well,” he said, calling Noland a good friend.
Hogue recalled how Noland would reminisce about playing basketball under coach Tony Sellitto at Maryknoll School. “John would always talk about the hanabata days and all the stories of growing up and playing basketball for Tony and the remarkable run he had,” he said.
“I think John has such a deep passion and enthusiasm for sports. He not only talks it but he lives it. I think it’s deep in this soul. You’re rarely going to find someone that cares so deeply about those people that he had literally the honor to cover,” he added.
Hogue said he turned numb when he heard about Noland’s condition. “We’re all praying for him and hoping he would recover.”