In case you were wondering about my accent…no, I'm not from Michigan. No, I'm not from Boston. And I am definitely not from Canada.
But I am from the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.
Born and raised on the islands and a third generation Maui girl, moving to Lubbock, Texas was quite the culture shock. The tropical trade winds are far different from the West Texas winds.
But I have traded in my slippers (flip flops) for cowboy boots and have loved every exhilarating second of my job!
I have a Broadcast Journalism degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. There, I was the news director for the campus radio station and one of the technical assistants for the campus TV station. That's where I learned camera operations and editing software. I was also a reporter/anchor for the school's television news station and a writer for the campus newspaper.
During my college career, I had the pleasure of interning at four news stations: KUSI, KNSD, KGTV and Hawaii News Now. From fetching coffee for my producers to shadowing live reporters on breaking news, I've done everything an intern could dream of!
I have a passion for news and love telling stories, especially stories that impact a community. So, from pineapple fields to cotton fields, I couldn't be happier to begin my journalism career in the Hub City and share your stories with the rest of the South Plains!
And about that accent? I apologize in advance if I say "you guys" instead of "y'all." But, trust me, this Hawaii girl is working on it!