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  • Hawaii News Now announced that Chris Tanaka will anchor the 5 p.m. news. (Courtesy photo)

Hawaii News Now Sports Director Chris Tanaka will relinquish the post when he succeeds Shawn Ching as co-anchor with Stephanie Lum weekdays at 5 and 5:30 p.m., the station has announced.

Ching’s departure, to allow him focus full-time on his law career, was announced in April. At the time it was said his last day on the air would be a week from today on May 22, the end of the Nielsen ratings period, but now his last day will be Friday, May 24, said News Director Mark Platte.

In his new role, Tanaka will report and shoot video for stories, Platte said.

The station has not yet named a successor for the sports director position.

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