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KHON-TV morning show lineup changing

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 06:20 p.m. HST, Apr 12, 2013

Kirk Matthews and Trini Kaopuiki bid "aloha" to viewers this morning as they move to other news shows on KHON-TV.

Current morning show hosts Olena Heu, Jai Cunningham and Taizo Braden will be joined by Ron Mizutani and weather forecaster Kanoe Gibson come Monday morning.

Mizutani just returned to television a second time after a stint in public relations.

Matthews will be a reporter for weekday newscasts, as is Manolo Morales, who also was recently reassigned from morning show duties causing an uproar among viewers who miss his reports from isle restaurant kitchens.

Kaopuiki will move to weekend weather anchor and also do some reporting, according to KHON Vice President and General Manager Kristina Lockwood. 

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
on April 12,2013 | 03:39PM
inverse wrote:
Kirk and Trini are deemed to old and will be replaced. Ironic that Trini is a former Miss Hawaii and so is Kanoe Gibson, so KHON is trading one Miss Hawaii for another Miss Hawaii to do the morning weather and traffic. Also I think Olena Heu is a former Miss Hawaii as well. Also I think KGMB has or had a couple of former Miss Hawaii's as well doing the weather/traffic. It is obvious by who they hire it is all about physical appearance. That is actually a good thing because that means Hawaii is a pretty safe place to live and local news stations has relatively few 'hard' stories to report like murder, robbery, assault, etc. and refuse to do true investigative reporting related to local gov't officials and projects all that is left is to fill in their time slot with some attractive person to talk about the weather and traffic.
on April 12,2013 | 03:49PM
kennie1933 wrote:
You're unfortunatley right. But hey, that's precisely why I watch KGMB! Stephanie Lum, Mileka Lincoln, and especially Jennifer Robbins!!! News is news no matter which channel you watch, so why not watch an attractive face? Joe Moore vs. Stephanie Lum. No contest!
on April 12,2013 | 05:36PM
SZDesigns wrote:
Will miss Trini in the AM
on April 12,2013 | 04:42PM
kainalu wrote:
MIzutani's drama isn't a match.
on April 12,2013 | 04:55PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Kirk Matthews belongs on HPR! Supposed to wake you up in the morn, bruddah puts me to sleep! Trini is cool, easy on the eyes.
on April 12,2013 | 05:00PM
Anonymous_Sources wrote:
We'll miss Kirk Mattews's droll, informed wit.
on April 12,2013 | 09:52PM
torxman wrote:
I wonder who's bottom did Ron Mizutani kissed this time? Must be Joe Moore he enjoys that.
on April 12,2013 | 11:13PM
Bully wrote:
Mizutani is also looking old, I would prefer to wake up to Trini then Mizutani. The news in the morning isn't news anyway and now theres no reason to watch it.
on April 13,2013 | 07:38AM
onlyaloha wrote:
Hey KHON, 1990's called, it wants its standard definition back.
on April 13,2013 | 04:38PM
samway wrote:
I can't believe they replaced trust worthy matthews with unreliable mizutani; I hope it was Kirk's choice to leave and not a forced changed. Sorry Trini, but it was time for a change. Olena is a nice person but I'm not a fan as her being one of the main anchors/hosts. Taizo needs to go. Justin may do well with this group, but just get rid of Taizo - he's a joke.
on April 15,2013 | 06:18PM
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