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.
The Honolulu Fire Department’s aviation manager wants to beef up the department’s ability to fight fires and make rescues. Battalion Chief Robert Thurston's vision includes adding two new helicopters and three more full-time pilots.
Officials have recovered the flight data recorder from a U.S. Navy airplane that overshot the runway in Kāneʻohe on Nov. 20. The Navy says it's still investigating the cause and is working on a plan to recover the large plane from the water.