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KHNL ("KHNL NBC 8") is the licensed broadcast affiliate of the National Broadcasting Company in Hawaii. Based in Honolulu, KHNL first broadcast from Channel 13 on July 4, 1962 under the call letters KTRG from a transmitter atop the Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki. The station is currently owned by Raycom Media and has satellite feeds on all the major Hawaiian Islands to rebroadcast programs outside of metropolitan Honolulu. Its main transmitter is located in Honolulu. KHNL is also seen on cable channel 8 on Oceanic Cable, which is why they refer to themselves on-air as "KHNL NBC 8" instead of their regular over-the-air channel position. In addition, KHNL is the sister station of local MyNetworkTV affiliate KFVE.


Early years

Unaffiliated with a national network, KTRG broadcast English language and Japanese language programming. It had a local start-up news program called Nightly News. Under new ownership in 1967, KTRG became KIKU and offered Japanese language programming from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. followed by English language programming from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. The English language shows included old movies, westerns, and cartoons. By the late 1970's the station ran English programming from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Japanese programming 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and back to English Language Programming after 10:00 p.m. until sign off. By 1981 the station became a full time English speaking general entertainment station running a blend of cartoons, sitcoms, westerns, and movies. Japanese programming moved to various UHF stations. In 1984, the call letters were changed again from KIKU to KHNL and branded itself as the "News Alternative" and "Free Movie Channel." The station also began airing University of Hawaii at Manoa athletics.

FOX Network

In 1986, KHNL contracted programming from the new FOX Network to begin airing in 1987: Joan Rivers Show, Tracey Ullman Show, and Married with Children. It wasn't until 1993 that KHNL adopted the brand name FOX13. The following year however, KHON announced it was dropping it affiliation with NBC to become the new local FOX affiliate (its new owner was partly funded by FOX, forcing the change). On January 1, 1996, KHNL switched its affiliation to NBC, while FOX moved to KHON.

NBC Network

With the new affiliation, KHNL began construction of the first fully digital newsroom in the world in 1995. It was the last of the major network TV stations in Hawaii to debut a news telecast. It also became the first news station to utilize fiber optic technology to broadcast live feeds from neighbor islands. Former KITV anchors Dan Cooke and sports anchor Robert Kekaula moved to KHNL during that time to start up the very first newscast. That same year, KHNL developed a new brand name, KHNL Hawaii News 8. With all the changes, KHNL successfully mounted a challenge to the top ratings that rival KHON had held for decades. On January 1,1996, KHNL officially became Hawaii's new NBC affiliate, dubbed NBC Hawaii News 8. During 1996, the station won the first Emmy Award for a local news broadcast. The following year, the station struck a deal with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper to share polling services. In the years ahead, anchors and reporters have come and gone. In 2003, KHNL got national exposure for having Conan O'Brien's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog do the weather report at the station. Triumph was actually invited to the station after chatting with people auditioning for American Idol in Hawaii. In September of 2004, the station became known as KHNL NBC 8. Ever since its first newscast in 1995, KHNL currently claims itself Hawaii's Live, Local, Late Breaking news station.


KHNL clears all NBC programming. The station rarely (if ever) pre-empts NBC shows due to NBC's tendency of not being pleased with stations that pre-empt network programs.

Outside of network hours, KHNL airs syndicated programming such as The Tyra Banks Show, Maury, and Entertainment Tonight. Compared to the other major network affiliates in Hawaii (KHON, KFVE, KGMB and KITV), KHNL airs no sitcom or drama reruns. This can be attributed mainly to NBC's extensive overnight lineup, which leaves very little (if any) room for NBC affiliates to air syndicated programming during the late night hours.

KHNL News 8 Anchors & Reporters

KHNL News 8 Anchors

  • Kristine Uyeno - weekdays 5-7am and 11am
  • Mari-Ela David - weekdays 5pm
  • Howard Dashefsky - weekdays 6pm and 10pm
  • Stephanie Lum - weekdays 6pm and 10pm on KHNL, 6:30pm and 9pm on KFVE
  • Diane Ako - weekends 5pm (Sun)/6pm (Sat) and 10pm (Sat/Sun) on KHNL, 9pm (Sat/Sun) on KFVE
  • Paul Drewes - weekends 5pm (Sun)/6pm (Sat) and 10pm (Sat/Sun) on KHNL, 9pm (Sat/Sun) on KFVE

Live, Local, Late Breaking Weather

  • Sharie Shima - Chief Meteorologist - weekdays 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm on KHNL, 6:30pm and 9pm on KFVE
  • Paul Drewes - Meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekends 5pm (Sun)/6pm (Sat) and 10pm (Sat/Sun) on KHNL, 9pm (Sat/Sun) on KFVE
  • Tracy Gladden - weekdays 5-7am and 11am

LIve, Local, Late Breaking Sports

  • Jason Tang - Sports Director - weekdays 6pm and 10pm on KHNL, 6:30pm and 9pm on KFVE
  • Brian Ojima - weekends 5pm (Sun)/6pm (Sat) and 10pm (Sat/Sun) on KHNL, 9pm (Sat/Sun) on KFVE, Sports Reporter

KHNL News 8 Reporters

  • Diane Ako - Anchor/Reporter
  • Zahid Arab
  • Cindy Cha - Web Producer/Reporter
  • Mari-Ela David - Anchor/Reporter
  • Paul Drewes - Anchor/Reporter
  • Tracy Gladden - Weathercaster/Reporter
  • Leland Kim
  • Roger Mari
  • Duane Shimogawa
  • Minna Sugimoto

KHNL News 8 Past Personalities

  • Dan Cooke (Weeknight Anchor; Weather Anchor; helped launch first KHNL newscast)
  • Robert Kekaula (Weeknight Sports Anchor; helped launch first KHNL newscast) - Currently with KITV-TV
  • Jodi Leong (Weeknight Anchor) - Currently with KITV-TV
  • Heidi Umbhau (Weeknight Anchor; Healthcast Reporter)
  • Walter Makaula (5PM Anchor; KFVE News at 9 Anchor; Reporter) - Currently with KSWB-TV, San Diego, CA
  • Barbara Wallace (5PM Anchor; KFVE News at 9 Anchor; Morning Anchor; Reporter)
  • Marvin Buenconsejo (Morning Anchor & Reporter; Senior General Assignment Reporter)
  • Lee Cataluna (Morning Anchor; Weeknight Anchor; Reporter) - Currently with The Honolulu Advertiser
  • Lyle Galdeira (Morning Anchor; Fill-In Anchor; Reporter; Cheap Eats; Does it Work?; Lucky You Live Hawaii)
  • Angela Keen (Morning Anchor; Morning Weathercaster; Healthcast Reporter)
  • Erin Brown (Weather Anchor)
  • Guy Hagi (Morning Weather Anchor) - Currently with KGMB-TV
  • Maria Quiban (Weather Anchor) - Currently with KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, CA
  • Vince Gerasole (Weekend Anchor; Reporter) - Currently with WBBM-TV, Chicago, IL
  • Russell Yamanoha (Sports Director & Anchor) - Currently Co-Host of The Rob & Russ Show with Rob DeMello on AM-1500 Sporting News Radio Hawaii
  • Reid Shimizu (Weekend Sports Anchor; Sports Reporter) - Currently with KHON-TV
  • Rod Antone (Reporter)
  • Brooks Baehr (Reporter) - Currently with KGMB-TV
  • Sharon Chen (Reporter) - Currently with XETV, San Diego, CA
  • Danielle De Longe (Reporter)
  • Dave Erickson (Reporter) - Currently with KXLY-TV, Spokane, WA
  • Stephen Florino (Reporter; Weekend Sports Anchor; Sports Reporter)
  • Beth Hillyer (Reporter)
  • Linda Hosek (Reporter) - Currently with Honolulu Star-Bulletin
  • Lisa Kubota (Reporter) - Currently with KGMB-TV
  • Patti Lee (Reporter)
  • Julie Ogata (Reporter)
  • Darren Pai (Chief Political Reporter)
  • Cindy Paliracio (Reporter; Healthcast Reporter)
  • Audrey Port (Reporter)
  • Joann Shin (Reporter; Fill-In Weather Anchor)
  • Su Shin (Reporter)
  • Glenn Wakai (Reporter)
  • Nancy Weiner (Reporter)

Satellite stations

These stations, in addition to translator K65BV in Lihue, rebroadcast KHNL's signal throughout Hawaii:
Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KHBC-TV1 Hilo 2 (VHF)
22 (UHF)
August 22, 1983 2.29 kW
8 kW
-176 m
-170 m
KOGG Wailuku 15 (UHF)
16 (UHF)
August 22, 1989 OGG is the
IATA code for
Kahului Airport
759 kW
50 kW
1723 m
1723 m
34859 (analog)

  • 1. KHBC-TV used the callsign KOHA-TV from its 1983 sign-on until 1986.

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