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.
Recent street crime in Waikīkī and elsewhere on Oʻahu has drawn the attention of local leaders seeking to improve public safety. Meanwhile, Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm says progress is being made with another challenge on the streets: homelessness in Chinatown.
Oʻahu has seen some violent crimes in the first few months of 2022. Some people have chalked it up to more guns on the street or mental health problems or drugs and gambling. Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm joined The Conversation to discuss efforts to address violent crime and homelessness, particularly in Waikīkī.