Small Talk

Wake Up 2Day on KHON2!

July 7th, 2014

I started a new job on June 30 as morning anchor on WakeUp2Day from 5 - 8 a.m. weekdays on KHON2 News. It's extremely fulfilling but I've been subsumed with the transition!

Di & Ron

Di & Ron

I get up at 2 am to get ready and drive to work. For this, I go to sleep at 7:30 p.m. I've done morning anchorships before and I know it takes me at least three weeks to acclimate to the extreme schedule change. I'm ready and willing. I'm happy.


The show is three hours long, the longest I've ever done. It is fun and fast paced, so it goes quickly. My first week was a lot of fun. I'm lucky to have clicked with the crew; everyone has been very helpful and welcoming.

With show guests.

With show guests.

I also love working in the middle of town, across the mall and near Ward Centers! Not that I didn't love my old station, but we weren't located in as fun a part of town!

My family and friends are happy for me but my daughter is still a little huffy! I used to drop her off and pick her up from school, so now that my husband has to do the morning delivery, she's kind of resentful.

I honestly don't fully understand (though it's flattering to be missed) because our mornings  - like everyone else's - are one big rush to drag a sleepyhead out of bed and push her through her routine before we rush off to wherever she needs to be. I feel like it isn't quality time, but she misses that hour.

I chose to work mornings because I get off in the early afternoon, so I can have a few hours - possibly leisurely ones - with her in the afternoon. Oh well. She'll adjust.

So back in the game: I love being a part of the media again. I have missed the culture, the pace, the energy, the craft, the people. There is nothing like it, and I'm grateful to be living my passion.

Di & Ron

Di & Ron

9 Responses to “Wake Up 2Day on KHON2!”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    Aloha Diane. It's great to see you on TV again! And also great to see you writing again for this blog. We, your readers, are a little bit like Olivia. We like having you around, sharing your thoughts and feelings. E malama pono.

  2. Chicken Grease:

    Congratulations, ma'am. Good to see you on the news journey ("don't stop believin'") once again! # 1 KHON is where you belong. Not on one of these networks who are on 2-3 channels and offer more weather than news.

  3. makaha wahine:

    Woo hoo for being on tv again. I believe Olivia might brag a little about her mom being on tv to her friends. Hope you will keep up with the blog too. I really enjoy what you write.

  4. hossana:

    Just want you to know that you were just GRRREAT as a news anchor and your presence in the morning is an absolute delight. Your professional demeanor and disposition yet engaging style not to mention your news delivery was highly professional esp. for a morning newscast unlike that inane silly and sometimes obnoxious laughter that comes from a female newscaster on Hawaii News Now is just downright nauseating...I mean...just friends just cannot tolerate that female newscaster on the other channel and when I tuned in, I just have to agree. Not trying to be demeaning to that other female anchor but she in no way come close to your professionalism and engaging style that you present in the morning. Although I miss Olena, I am glad that Fate intertwined and you were able to step in without missing a beat. Thank you for making my mornings an absolute delight tuning in to your station. Cheers!

  5. Diane Ako:

    Thank you, everyone, for the positive feedback! I appreciate the job and the viewers, and of course, the readers here. Thank you so much for watching and for your kind support!

  6. rayboyjr:

    Hey Diane ... just like old times!!! ...

    ... glad everything is going great ...

    ... just don't forget about us, ya-hear??? ... I'll be sad if your next post is on Olivia's next birthday ...

  7. Pali:

    Hey Diane,

    CONGRATS! good to see you back on air 🙂

  8. Hawaii Aloha:

    Congratulations ! Plus you look sooooo young !

  9. Tiki808:

    Aloha! What happened to the other lady? Where's Tammy Mori? She's a looker for some. Ha!

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