Small Talk

A new chapter, and a normal sleep schedule

June 25th, 2016

I have happy news. Friday was my last day at KHON2. My contract ended Thursday, and I chose not to renew it, though I appreciate that management offered to work with me.

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It was an option, but I didn't want to stay on an early morning shift, so my managers offered me a day shift as a reporter. I was excited about it. I'm so grateful to have understanding, compassionate managers who were willing to accommodate me. I am lucky to have worked for such kind people.

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However, as I thought about it, I'm just tired from two years of early hours and some personal tribulations, and I need a break. It felt like the right thing to do.

Interview outside

It was a tough decision because the station is great and the job is fun. I appreciated my time there. I will miss working with some really fantastic, hardworking, cool, talented people. I am sad I didn't get to connect more with the folks I didn't know as well on the day and night shifts, but - small town -  it's possible our paths will cross again.


When I start the job search, I'm open to all industries. As with the last time I was unemployed, I wasn't expecting to return to news. It just happened. It was a happy timing, and one I am grateful for. I do know, though, I will decline any job that has me regularly up pre-dawn.

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For the immediate future, I would like to relax for an undetermined time. I will still be blogging for this paper as hobby.

My plans are to spend more quality time with my daughter, husband, and ailing mother. To spend more quality time with myself. To maybe complete my training hours to get my yoga teacher certification. To meditate and rest.

If you tuned in to our morning show, thank you. The viewers were always so nice!

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If we worked together, thank you and I will miss you. It's a great station, and I hope I see you again.

I've already deleted that 2:30 a.m. alarm clock. Here's to sleeping in!

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15 Responses to “A new chapter, and a normal sleep schedule”

  1. Tita Girl:

    Good for you!
    I wish you all the best wherever you land. In the meantime, kick back and enjoy. Life is short. Enjoy the ohana time.

  2. Mathew Vasconcellos:

    Understanding why you departed, but you're always going to be a news idol to me. My late Grandpa watched you at KHNL, and I enjoyed your reports -- especially your story on the girl with the sore back from fishing buckets used as seats. I did see your clips of the "spin and grin" w/ Ron and a few others, which made me laugh myself, and made me consider you one of my personal favorite anchors @ KHON2. Hope you still enjoy life. 🙂

  3. Ted Chappell:

    Always enjoy your work Diane Mahalo !

  4. M:

    Wishing you the best in the future.

  5. Jeannette:

    I am glad to learn that you will continue your blog. I always enjoy reading it. I don't live in Hawaii so can't watch you on TV. However I recently binge watched the Hawaii 5-0 series and saw you a few times in that. Wishing you the best and looking forward to more of your blog.

  6. N:

    Surprised but not so surprised. It "felt" like the a.m. hours were getting harder on you and your family. Your little girl is growing up and the age is approaching when she won't want mommy as much as she does now. I hope not for your sake, but teens go through that phase of separating and establishing their own identity. So you might as enjoy these years as much as possible. I'm surprised as I find that so many former newscasters are now spokepeople for the different companies around town. Having that media experience certainly helps in a PR position. Good luck.

  7. Diane Ako:

    Mathew, You really did watch KHON2 a lot! Yes, that bucket seat was an interesting arrangement, the bloopers - ha! Thanks for staying with me all these years. How sweet. I am glad you found me here on the blog, and I hope still photos three times a week will be suffice. 🙂

  8. Diane Ako:

    N, You hit it right on the nose. Thanks for getting it. I always appreciate when people do. I need to be completely, 110% present and rested for work, and over time, it felt like more and more of my life was consumed by making sure I had enough sleep. I miss having quality time with my kid - and even myself. I ended up feeling weirdly strung out all day, every day, from the odd biorhythm. The last time I did mornings she was 2, so I thought this time would be different since she was older. I thought with great discipline I could manage it, but I was wrong. Extenuating circumstances also completely drained me and I never quite recovered. I love news, but I had to do this. I know it seems crazy to walk away from a good contract in which all my requests were granted, but I simply ran out of steam. I need more time than a 2 week vacation. And you know what? I feel not crazy at all. I feel great.

  9. Diane Ako:

    Jeanette, that's so nice of you! Thank you! Oh that reminds me. I qualify again to work on Hawaii 50! I was on a FOX station and it's a CBS show so I couldn't! Oh, Alex O'Loughlin. Perhaps we shall meet again! LOL

  10. rayboyjr:

    Hey Diane ... cheers to this next chapter of your life ... just like the last time, I'll just have to get used to not seeing you on tv ... *sigh* ...

    ... I think you've cemented your place in Hawaii television ... but I won't be surprised (and very happy) if I see you on the tube again in the future ... *wink, wink* ... you were so great in those commercials you did ... you'd be a great spokesperson for anyone ... and you'd probably control your own schedule for commercials right? ... or so I think ...

    ... anyway, looking forward to still having your blog ...

  11. mala:

    Looking forward to your next adventure.
    something green. farmlands. sustainability. aina.
    save the earth, for the keikis.
    yoga farming!

  12. KAZUSA:

    Yey! Let's pursue the Yoga paths together!!!

  13. Diane Ako:

    Mala, ray boy jr, Ha ha - thanks. The only thing I want to do right now is to regulate my sleep and rest! I got up at 4:45 today, looked at the clock, smiled, and returned to sleep.
    My yoga group is asking me to complete my training hours to get the teacher certification. In time I can think about that. I highly doubt you'll see me hang a shingle as a yoga teacher, though. I can do public speaking, yes, but the rest of it is kind of intimidating! Anyway. We'll see where that goes. Life is unpredictable, yes?

  14. Mathew Vasconcellos:

    @Diane: You're very welcome and I meant every word I said. I do watch KHON2 Sundays now, but growing up, I alternated between KITV4 and KHON2 (and did watch the 10 PM show on KHNL before the merging) thanks to my Grandpa Howard (who's no longer around as of 8/10/15). I did try to watch the morning shows, but seeing as I'm no morning person, I did so when I couldn't sleep (lol). I think the "spin and grin" is in a tie with your "first sneeze" in terms of my personal favorite moments. 🙂 I do still try watch on weekday evenings, and I did enjoy your pieces on what to expect on Wake Up 2Day -- now my Dad watches before he leaves for work @ Honda Windward.

  15. Marilyn:

    I'm happy for you! Though I loved your sophisticated local approach, beautiful style and wit. We'll see you in another venue I'm sure, documenting stories and contributing to Hawaii media however you can!

    Blessing to your mom and family,
    ~ Marilyn Jansen Lopes

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