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Nicole Kato

Guy Hagi

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It’s an exciting time of the year, but Hawaii News Now weather anchor Guy Hagi says that even with life-threatening surf and winter storms, Hawaii weather is still the best on the planet.

“Our weather team is working on implementing a new state-of-the-art weather system, which will give us more data, more robust graphics and more flexibility for our forecasts,” says Hagi, who was featured on MidWeek‘s cover with wife Kim Gennaula Oct. 17, 2001.

His love of the ocean and surf is exemplified in his Thursday K5 Pacific Pulse segment, which features surfers, paddlers, fishermen, contest directors and even artists in the biggest playground in the state.

Hagi also has been out and about with Augie Tulba searching for Hawaii’s tasty, cheap eats, and foodies of the state can see him Wednesdays on K5 The Home Team.

He recalls his first day – Sept. 11, 2001 – at KGMB.

“Just before starting, Kim and I, along with my parents, visited New York, returning home on Sept. 10 at night,” Hagi says. “We were atop the World Trade Center two days before the attack. We haven’t been back since, but we’re hoping to get back to the East Coast sometime soon.”

In the meantime, he and Kim have been staying busy raising two rambunctious children, Alia (9) and Luke (10).

“As a family, we try to take advantage of living in paradise with the best weather on the planet,” Hagi says. “We are an athletic bunch with activities ranging from tae kwon do, gymnastics, CrossFit, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, golfing and running to, for one week a year, snowboarding and skiing.”

Hagi is working on his fitness for good reason. He is preparing for an upcoming family snowboarding trip to Big White Ski Resort in Canada.

While the scenery is vastly different than our local surroundings, he is looking forward to the experience.

In fact, he looks forward to every travel opportunity that comes his way.

“Last summer we spent two weeks in Italy going from Rome to Sorrento to Sicily,” he says. “It was an awesome trip, and we plan to return. Our kids are half Italian, half Japanese, and it’s important to us to show them their heritage.”

Hagi hopes he and his family can visit Japan, as well, and says it’s a possible future snowboarding vacation for him and his family.

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