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.
Did the state's electrical grid and its operators play a role in causing the fire that destroyed Lāhainā? That's what U.S. representatives wanted to know at a subcommittee hearing. But after two hours of questioning leaders from HECO, the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office and the Public Utilities Commission, lawmakers came away with few new insights. HPR's Savannah Harriman-Pote has more.