In June of 2020 Hawaii News Now began to broadcast its successful digital newscast ‘This is Now’ on KHNL-TV weekdays at noon. ‘This is Now’ is hosted by HNN reporter/anchor Ashley Nagaoka and award-winning HNN producer/director Jonathan Jared Saupe.

Since December 2019, the show has been live-streamed on Hawaii News Now’s Facebook page,, and the HNN app. The shows are also published on the station’s YouTube page and audio podcast platforms.

“The quick success and popularity of ‘This is Now’ are confirmation that Hawaii viewers are looking for a quality, trusted news source to watch while at home or on their lunch breaks,” said Scott Humber, HNN News Director. “We’re excited to launch our first-ever midday newscast and provide our viewers with an additional 2.5 hours of original programming in our KHNL lineup.”

‘This is Now’ airs weekdays at noon on KHNL after ‘The Tamron Hall Show,’ as part of the popular ‘Today Show’ morning block of programming.

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Recent Episodes of This.Is.Now


The Imelda Tapes

In 2022, as Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. sought to reclaim the seat his father once held, Hawaii News Now stumbled across hours of archival footage from the Marcos’ years in Hawaii. “The Imelda Tapes” tell the story of a woman who had a single goal: Redemption.

Homicide at Hawaii Loa Ridge

In court documents, police say 23-year-old Juan Tejedor Baron confessed to killing 73-year-old Hawaii Loa homeowner Gary Ruby and then encasing his body in a bathtub filled with concrete. The murder has shocked the affluent community where Ruby lived and thrown a family into mourning.

Tainted Water

The Navy water crisis is not yet a month old. But the threat posed by the Red Hill underground fuel storage facility is decades in the making. To help the community better understand how we got here and what’s at stake, Hawaii News Now partnered with Honolulu Civil Beat to put together this special report.

I Just Shot John Lennon

To mark the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s death, Hawaii News Now dug into the archives and conducted interviews with those who were there to help tell the Hawaii story of the man who killed one of the world’s biggest stars and understand the woman who has never left his side, his wife Gloria.

Pele’s Path: The Journey Home

Hundreds of homes were lost in the 2018 Kilauea eruption, and those whose homes remain are still having trouble going home.

Conflict on Mauna Kea

This special HNN mini-documentary takes a look at how the TMT telescope protest has evolved, where people on both sides of the issue stand, and what the state’s response to the conflict has been.

Exile in Hawaii

In this special digital documentary, HNN explores how one the largest political scandals in modern history landed in the Aloha State, and why ― decades later ― the controversy surrounding the Marcos family is far from resolved.

Beyond The Rainbow

To mark 25 years since the release of “Facing Future,” the most successful Hawaii album of all time, Hawaii News Now compiled a special series and digital documentary that looked at IZ’s life and his legacy.

Pele’s Path: Eyewitness to History

Covering a disaster like the eruptions on the Big Island takes a toll. And no one knows that better than the team of HNN reporters who have helped cover this remarkable story — of devastation and creation.

Other Special Reports

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