Morning news show co-anchor Diane Ako is leaving KHON2 after two years of hosting “Wake Up 2day” with Ron Mizutani.
Previously, Ako anchored the KHNL morning news from 1996 to 2009.
Today marked Ako’s last day at the station, as her contract has ended and she chose not to renew it. In a Facebook post, she described the resignation as “happy news,” noting she needs a break from the early work hours.
Ako told the Star-Advertiser that KHON2 news director Lori Silva offered her a position as a daytime reporter at the station after the contract’s expiration but she declined.
“I’m really tired and I feel like I need to listen to my body and take a break,” Ako said.
According to the social media post, Ako, who has also worked as public relations director at Waikiki’s Halekulani, said she has “not been looking for a new job,” but is “open to all industries” that do not require a regular pre-dawn awakening.