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Who are our neighbors in Hawaii? And who will they be in the future? We’ll look at how Hawaii’s shifting population is affecting everything from local politics to our economic base—and what we need to consider when we think about the future we all will share with our island neighbors

Neighbors: The Multi-Ethnic Politician

Hawaii State Legislature
Hawaii State Legislature
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In our continuing series, “Neighbors: An Island Story”, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka takes a look at Hawaii’s political evolution once dominated by ethnic bloc voting due to the waves of immigrant labor brought in to work in the sugar industry, to one in which ethnicity has diminished in importance.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaiʻi. He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter. He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006). He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals). He resides in Honolulu.
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