The History of Hawai‘i From Our Files: News Anchor Joe Moore is a Hit with HONOLULU Readers

HONOLULU Magazine emerged from predecessor Paradise of the Pacific, which began in 1888, fulfilling a commission by King Kalākaua. That makes this the oldest continuously published magazine west of the Mississippi with an enviable archive worth diving into each month. Here’s a look back at June 1986.


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At 38 years old, Joe Moore is an overwhelming favorite news anchor among HONOLULU readers. When asked why he thinks that is, he responds: “Maybe for Hawaii my style is laid back enough that a lot of people are comfortable with it. It’s not a super-preaching style, or an l-know-it-all style.”


Though he was a sportscaster originally, Moore had become frustrated and bored with the job and decided to pitch a talk show to Channel 2. “It was an off-the-wall combination of Carson, Donahue and news and local events, and I thought maybe if I can branch out a little and do this, that’ll help get rid of some of this professional anxiety,” he says. Instead, he was offered the anchor position.


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“The only thing that I am charged with writing every day is the ‘Finally, tonight, have you ever noticed…’ I insisted upon that; I wanted that to be my signature close to the early newscast.”


Moore has been on the air for more than 50 years and posts every “Did you know …” on his Facebook page.


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