Governor: 2019-2020, 2020-2022
Diane Ako is a weekend evening anchor and weekday reporter at KITV4 Island News. She hosts a weekly series, Aging Well, that provides information and inspiration about seniors living their best lives. Ako joined the station in 2017.
Ako spent most of her adult life in a TV newsroom. An award-winning journalist, she anchors and reports for Island News. She’s also reported in California, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.
Her reporting garnered 11 first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hawaii Chapter, and four Emmy nominations from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Ako likes inspiring, informing, and connecting with people. She is grateful to be part of the island community in this way and hopes to carry the mantle with integrity and meaning.
The Kamehameha Schools alumna earned a B.A. in Communications from Menlo College and an M.A. in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
In her personal life, she enjoys being with her husband and daughter; teaching yoga; being a citizen-scientist studying endemic `opae ula shrimp; and volunteering as a Shinto shrine maiden for Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.