Wayne Yoshioka

Political reports from HPR's Wayne Yoshioka

Kahuku Farm Redefines Farming

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The future of growing food in Hawai’i rests on the ability of farmers to continue making a living.   According to one UH study, farmers receive only 19 cents out of each dollar spent on locally grown produce and vegetables.  The rest of the money goes to packaging, marketing, refrigeration and transportation.   But one family-owned farm has revamped

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Gas Tax Hike Defeated by Honolulu City Council

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The Honolulu City Council today voted down a proposal by the Mayor to fund road repairs and public transportation by increasing the tax on gasoline. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports…

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Honolulu's First Woman Managing Director to be Confirmed Tomorrow

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The Honolulu City Council is expected to make a historic decision tomorrow, by confirming the appointment of a person who is considered the 4th most powerful government official in the state, behind the governor, lieutenant governor and the Mayor of Honolulu.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the designated appointee at City Hall.

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House Tourism Committee Defers Hotel Room Tax Hike

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Visitor arrivals to Hawai’i are expected to top $8.5 million this year, and result in about $16 billion in total spending.   State lawmakers have been discussing ways to either raise taxes or divide the revenue to pay for government operations and infrastructure upgrades.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Homeless Outreach Team in Honolulu

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The Honolulu City Council will convene a special meeting this afternoon (Friday,1:30 pm) to discuss homeless housing and services on O’ahu in an effort to look at solutions for this growing problem.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a team of outreach workers who meet with the homeless on the streets year-round.

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