Diane Ako Hansen KSK’88 was named weekend anchor for KITV Island News in April 2018. She will also serve as weekday reporter and take the lead on KITV’s “Aging Well” senior living segment. You can watch her on Saturdays from 5-5:30 p.m., 6-6:30 p.m. and 10-10:30 p.m.; Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. and 10-10:30 p.m.
Micah Bautista passed away on Apr. 20, 2018. Born in Hilo, Hawai‘i, he was a lineman on the KS Hawai‘i varsity football team and a saxophone player in the marching band. He later attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hawai‘i Community College before joining the U.S. Navy as a construction electrician 2nd class.
Daniel Akaka, the first U.S. senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry, passed away on Apr. 6, 2018. He was the first – and, to date, only – Native Hawaiian U.S. senator when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1990 by Gov. John Waihe‘e, replacing Sen. Spark Matsunaga upon his death. In an election later that year, the voters chose Akaka to continue in the position. Akaka went on to win the elections in 1994, 2000 and 2006 with a strong lead each time.