Lia KamanaMultimedia Journalist

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Aloha Y'all!

As you may have gathered from my opening line, I'm a Hawai'i girl. Now I already know what you are thinking, why in the world would you ever want to leave there and move here? In short, I love experiencing new places, meeting new people and immersing myself in new cultures. Fortunately for me, I have picked a career field that allows me to do just that.

I've wanted to be a TV reporter since I was in the fifth grade and I have been chasing that dream ever since. My career goals are what took me away from home initially and landed me at Michigan State University. I graduated in May of 2015 with a BA in Journalism, a concentration in broadcast news and a minor in Jewish Studies. I've always envisioned myself in broadcast, but following graduation I found myself working in print. First as a Pulliam Fellow for the Arizona Republic, where I covered youth to professional sports, and then as a sports reporter for the Rocket-Miner Newspaper in Rock Springs, Wyo. Although I enjoyed print it wasn't broadcast. So following my stint in Wyo. I decided to move home to Hawai'i where I was a freelance journalist for Spectrum Sports TV covering University of Hawaii athletics.

That being said ABC 7 is my first full time broadcast job and I am ecstatic. Not only for the opportunity to work in this field, but to meet the people of Amarillo and experience the Panhandle Spirit.

Outside of work you can find me immersed in sports and international news headlines while sipping on a delicious latte. I'm a huge sports junkie. I bleed green of course, but will cheer on any team with a Hawai'i boy on it. I love to travel. I lived abroad in Jerusalem for a year and worked at the Jerusalem Post newspaper. History is my guilty pleasure. And then there is coffee. Have any suggestions on the best place to get a cup in town? Please let a girl know.

If you ever see me out and about please say hi, I would love to meet you. And if you have a story idea please email me at or you can connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.