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Sharie Shima, former TV weather forecaster, dies

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 05:28 p.m. HST, Mar 10, 2014

Family and friends are mourning the death of longtime local television weather forecaster Sharie Shima late last week. She was 52.

No details were released about the circumstances surrounding her death, in keeping with her last wishes, her close friend told the Star-Advertiser.

Expressions of grief are being posted on Facebook, including one by a former co-worker who recalled speaking with her after she had what was described as life-saving surgery in 2010, after Shima had moved to California.

She was "very approachable," said Ed Matthews, a news photographer who worked with her at KHNL-TV from 2007 to 2009. She would be recognized and greeted by members of the public more than other TV news personalities in the field, he said.

Angela Keen, another former TV news colleague, described Shima as "the consummate professional. She knew weather and she was always in your corner. She was never competition, she was always there alongside you."

She was a 1979 graduate of Castle High School in Kaneohe, according to Sandra Ordonez Tsujimura, who identified Shima as her classmate. "God bless her and her family," she said in her post.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Wow, such a nice lady! Too bad.
on March 10,2014 | 02:09PM
primowarrior wrote:
Always enjoyed her weather reports. She was much too young to leave us. Condolences to her family, and rest in peace.
on March 10,2014 | 02:15PM
gsc wrote:
She was one of my favorites.....
on March 10,2014 | 02:23PM
kk808 wrote:
Same here.
on March 10,2014 | 02:33PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
So young, condolences to her ohana.
on March 10,2014 | 02:29PM
lowtone123 wrote:
If I recall, Shima could be credited with raising weather reporting to a science rather than a joke. She was the first locally to receive a meterology degree and used her advance knowledge of weather systems to more acurately predict the weather. Now it is commonplace, but back then before doppler radar and such.
on March 10,2014 | 02:30PM
postmanx wrote:
This comment begs for a bad joke about weather forecasting but....just wishing good memories to her family and friends.
on March 10,2014 | 09:20PM
JacobLau wrote:
Sincerest condolences to her family and friends. She was an excellent newscaster: warm, friendly style yet consummate professionalism in her diction and in her onscreen appearance. She always looked so polished and composed dressed in tasteful business attire. Her presence in the local TV news scene has been - and will continue to be - missed.
on March 10,2014 | 02:30PM
koji wrote:
she was my favorite growing up, very sad to hear.
on March 10,2014 | 03:01PM
gari wrote:
aloha local girl nice lady
on March 10,2014 | 03:36PM
nitpikker wrote:
sad to hear of her passing away.
on March 10,2014 | 03:39PM
Nocturnal wrote:
RIP Sharie, so sad.
on March 10,2014 | 03:52PM
MakaniKai wrote:
What a shock! Loved Sharie Shima! Blessings and condolences to her ohana.
on March 10,2014 | 04:16PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Condolences to her family.....I always wondered what happened to her.....RIP
on March 10,2014 | 04:31PM
magicman1433 wrote:
Deepest condolences to her family...what a shock! I remember how when she first got laid off a lot of people were posting incredibly ugly comments about her...I'll bet those people feel pretty ugly now...
on March 10,2014 | 05:18PM
PinkSushi wrote:
laid off? really? Every news station needs a meteorologist. Why she went move to the mainland?
on March 10,2014 | 06:52PM
kiragirl wrote:
May God Bless her.
on March 10,2014 | 05:43PM
Anonymous wrote:
Deepest condolences to her family and friends.
on March 10,2014 | 05:53PM
SY808 wrote:
Very Sad! She was the best... Condolences to her family!
on March 10,2014 | 06:01PM
Iuki wrote:
Sorry to read about Shari Shima's passing. She was a good newscaster and was unfailingly sweet natured. At least that's what came across the tv screen.
on March 10,2014 | 06:21PM
localguy wrote:
Always loved watching her on TV. Like having your best friend / next door neighbor on TV. She will be missed.
on March 10,2014 | 06:43PM
Kaneahi wrote:
Such a loss to anyone who knew her and to those who knew her through KHNL news broadcasts. I missed her when she left and now such sadness, so young.
on March 10,2014 | 06:43PM
paniolo wrote:
My ALOHA to her ohana. Missed her when she left the station. Loved her smile.
on March 10,2014 | 06:48PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Love that girl. Just reporting weather straight forward. Mahalo Sharie.
on March 10,2014 | 07:06PM
Oio wrote:
Deepest Condolences. Everyone in cyberspace noticed that she appeared to be ill, and everyone was concerned. I think because she was like, just a regular person doing the best job as she could do and found her niche with weather. So many people could relate to her. Sad.
on March 10,2014 | 07:13PM
Hawaiiobserver wrote:
Yes, I recall her looking very ill at one point, and hanging in there to do her best. I will miss her..she was Hawaii's first female weather forecaster I believe. I vividly remember her during the 90s with her long, beautiful hair and cheerful coverage. So sad, but if she knew the Lord, she's in a better place! :)
on March 10,2014 | 07:40PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
She left us way too soon. So sorry to hear this sad news.
on March 10,2014 | 07:39PM
Cantopop wrote:
I worked in the news room of KITV in 1997 and remember her fondly as the friendliest of all the on-screen personalities, even taking the time to explain a lot of the more technical aspects of her profession as meteorologist...not just a "weather girl". RIP dear Ms. Shima.
on March 10,2014 | 08:13PM
visitor wrote:
So sad. She was my favorite. To her family, sincere condolences.
on March 10,2014 | 08:39PM
Nesmith wrote:
Sincere condolences!
on March 10,2014 | 09:36PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
52. Absolutely unbelievable. Prayers to her family and friends - she is smiling down from heaven on us all.
on March 10,2014 | 10:24PM
Warrior32 wrote:
Vodka sales will go down;-)
on March 10,2014 | 10:40PM
kimchee wrote:
Very classy Warrior32. Feel better about yourself?
on March 10,2014 | 11:27PM
hawaiiatty wrote:
It is nice that people are willing to be respectful, however, the job of a newspaper is to report the news. Sharie Shima was a public figure and the paper should report what happened to her after she went "off air" and what her cause of death was. That is newsworthy information. Star Advertiser do your job.
on March 10,2014 | 11:10PM
Warrior32 wrote:
she lost her job from drinking. She isnt the first and not the last. Her friends and colleges know that she died from, an abused liver. She was talented, but like many entertainers - had her demons. We wish her well, but the news is the news and I agree with hawaiiatty. kimchee - sounds like you need a drink;-)
on March 10,2014 | 11:58PM
kimchee wrote:
Nah I'm good. But good luck when karma swings around your way. If you feel validated from proclaiming truth, you're simply a sad individual. Would you toss your own family or friends under the bus? And even if you're just telling it how it is….why would you leave a smiley face at the end? Takes away any trace of wishing her well. You're happy she's passed?
on March 11,2014 | 12:29AM
Your_Agonizer_Please wrote:
it really is not cool p*ssing on anybody's grave, even if she is a public figure, and if you consider alcoholism a disease, then your comments are no different than mocking someone for dying of cancer or a heart attack.
on March 28,2014 | 02:18PM
hikine wrote:
Rest In Peace and Condolence to her family and friends. Her weather forecast was more accurate than Guy and Justin's. You will me missed.
on March 10,2014 | 11:41PM
808warriorfan wrote:
What a bummer and such a young age. I hope no one takes this offensively as I mean it as a compliment to Sharie, I watched her every day as I thought she was one good looking lady. May she Rest In Peace.
on March 11,2014 | 12:33AM
Anonymous wrote:
Sharie was a joy. A friend and colleague with 'that smile', as big and genuine in the newsroom as it was on the screen. Sharie was a professional who approached her work as I believe she did her life, a constant student with energy, commitment and catching enthusiasm. Use those wings Baby!
on March 11,2014 | 01:04PM
HCSSC wrote:
Sad. She was always a pro.
on March 12,2014 | 02:33AM
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