PMG’s Pacheco Among Honorees at Cardinal Ball
Pacific Media Group’s Josh Pacheco, radio host, news director, and Big Island Now sports writer is among four St. Joseph Jr.-Sr. High School alumni who will be honored on Saturday at the school’s Cardinal Ball, held at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Moanahoku Hall.
The Cardinal Ball is an annual event that showcases the accomplishments of several school alumni who serve in outstanding leadership or service roles in their communities.
Pacheco, a 2005 St. Joseph graduate, has worked in various roles at PMG, including hosting music and sports shows across three of the company’s four Big Island radio stations since July 2005. He has covered news and sports for Big Island Now since its launch in 2012.
“I’m incredibly humbled to be recognized by my alma mater,” said Pacheco. “I’m very fortunate that I get to serve my community while doing what I have wanted to do for most of my life all at the same time. It’s a blessing.”
Currently, Pacheco serves as PMG’s News Director, anchoring daily newscasts and hosting breaking news coverage. He is also the Sports Director for The Big Island’s ESPN Radio, found on AM 850 Hilo and AM 790 Kona. His show, “The Josh Pacheco Show,” is aired weekdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is also broadcast in Honolulu on ESPN 1420. He also does play-by-play for Big Island Interscholastic Federation and University of Hawai’i at Hilo athletics, and has filled in on University of Hawai’i and EA Sports Maui Invitational broadcasts. In addition to his radio duties, he is a sports writer for Big Island Now.
“I’ve always wanted to do sports play-by-play, and I’ve been fortunate to cover high school state championships and even University of Hawai’i basketball. It even got me my first trip to Las Vegas, so I’m pretty lucky,” Pacheco explained.
Aside from radio roles, Pacheco has been a member of the Hawai’i County Band since 2004.
Three other graduates will be honored at Saturday’s event: John Costales Jr., Leinani Cecilia Kealoha Shinoda, and Colette Andrews Tyrin.
Costales Jr. graduated from SJS in 1977 and, along with Pacheco, will receive the leadership award. He currently serves as the principal of Kalama Middle School in Maui, a position he has held for the last 14 years. He has served in various community roles, including the Hawai’i Association of Middle Schools Board, the State Middle School Design Plan Team, and the Lt. Governor’s R.E.A.C.H. Committee.
Shinoda, a graduate from the class of 1952, will receive the distinguished service award. She is one of four generations of her family that have attended the school. Once a teacher at the high school, Shinoda has also served on the SJS board. She is known as a generous scholarship donor and has donated jams and jellies to the school’s Country Fair. Shinoda is also a lifetime member of the Alumni and Friends of SJS.
Tyrin not only graduated from St. Joseph, but currently works at the Elementary School. A graduate of the class of 1967, she currently is the Elementary School’s Secretary and Registrar. Previously, she has been the Resource Center Coordinator and Lunch Program Coordinator. Tyrin, a distinguished service award recipient, is the current Secretary of Alumni and Friends of SJS.
Also receiving the distinguished service award at the event will be Sherry Jordan, an active parent at the school. She has served as Parent Teacher Guild Vice President and has been County Fair Chairperson for the past five years.