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HI Now celebrates the best of Hawaii, helping you and your family live your best lives by highlighting all things local. From food, fashion, to the every day heroes making an impact in our islands, see stories that inspire and inform.

We make it easy to discover HI Now any time! See fresh, fun stories on TV weekdays at 7am on KGMB during Hawaii News Now: Sunrise and Saturdays at 7am on K5 and 6pm on KHNL. Watch videos you might have missed on the free Hawaii News Now apps on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. You can also see what’s happening right now @HINowDaily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Kanoe Gibson — Host

Gibson grew up between Hawaii and Missouri, but returned to her island home in 1998 to attend the University of Hawaii. There, she earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Marketing and Management. Gibson made Hawaii proud when she became first runner-up to Miss America in 2004 after winning the title of Miss Hawaii 2003. Gibson has since served the state of Hawaii by traveling throughout the U.S. and Asia as an ambassador of the state, speaking at various events and promoting Hawaii and its culture.

Gibson’s broadcast career began in 2012 as a reporter and weather anchor for Honolulu’s local Fox affiliate. Gibson is also a professional singer and currently leads worship on the weekends at Inspire Church in Waikele. Gibson is most proud of her roles as a wife to husband Gye and mother to her 7-year-old son Kielan and 3-year-old daughter Relle. When she is not spending time with her family, Gibson enjoys cooking, traveling, surfing, reading, and anything involving an adventure.

Kainoa Carlson — Host

Born and raised in Kāneʻohe, family, faith, education and sports were all major tenants in Carlson’s life. Between rushing from church to basketball games, he realized that his family had made a commitment to support him in all of his passions — both on and off the field.

Their investment would eventually segue to Carlson’s attendance at Punahou School, where he would letter in football, basketball and wrestling. Following graduation, he decided to further his academic career at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he earned a spot on the football team. As a Running-Back on the Hawaiʻi Warrior football team, it was an honor to run through the tunnel at Aloha Stadium and represent both his family and state.

In the fall of 2014, Carlson got the call that would change his life when he received the opportunity to join the Hawaii News Now production team as a content technician. After four years of serving in a variety of capacities, from editor to photojournalist, Carlson became Sports Anchor in 2018.

For the next two years, he traveled the country — covering everything from the Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation in New York City to the UH Men’s Volleyball NCAA Championship match against Long Beach State University.

Today, following his tenure as a Sports Anchor at Hawaii News Now, he has joined the HI Now team as a host alongside the talented Kanoe Gibson.