Lei U'i Kaholokula kicked off her on-air career joining the KITV Island News team as the weekday morning traffic reporter back in 2014. She is now the weather and traffic anchor on Good Morning Hawaii's weekday newscast.
"2015 was the year I debuted as a real weather personality- coincidentally, that happened to be THE busiest hurricane season for us in the islands. 15 named storms- talk about trial by fire."
Lei is a neighbor island girl, born and raised on The Garden Isle where she graduated as a Kapa'a High School Warrior in 2009. After that, she made the big move to the city to attended Chaminade University under academic and athletic (volleyball) scholarship. There, she'd tackle communications and broadcast journalism.
"I got a taste of doing the morning announcements for my elementary school back in the day, and from there, I knew I found my nitch. I stayed the course all through middle and high school, emceeing school and community events. Talking and sharing stories, that was my thing."
While in college, she competed in pageants, holding titles at the local, state and national level through the Miss Hawaii/ America system.
Hawaiian music and culture is a big part of who Lei is. She comes from a family of talented professional performers. Dad, Robbie Kaholokula, a Na Hoku Hanohano award winner. Mom Pua, a kumu hula, and brother Baron- singer and songwriter.
Lei isn't all showers, sunshine and trade winds all the time. When she's not sharing the morning forecast or getting you through the gridlock on the roads, you can find her with her growing family- husband Kaha'i and son, Kia'ipono.