Jason Ubay

News Editor

Jason Ubay brings a variety of media experience to his role as HPR's news editor. He was managing editor of Hawaii Business magazine for 5 years, where he launched the publication’s social media channels. He later covered tourism and financial institutions at Pacific Business News. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is the treasurer of the Hawai’i chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. He was most recently a producer on The Conversation.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Hawaiian Electric Co. to identify the best areas for developing microgrids on Oahu.

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Special Olympics Hawaii has opened its new headquarters in West Oahu and can host competitions and practices for its 3,400 athletes.

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Managing Hawai‘i's airports throughout the pandemic; Promoting innovation in isolated economies; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Co-living for digital nomads; Hana Hou: Netflix's "Finding ‘Ohana" 

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Isolated economies such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Western Australia are dominated by one major industry, thus leaving it open to external shocks. A new look explores these vulnerabilities and how economic diversification might be possible.


The City and County of Honolulu has begun filling potholes on Kaka‘ako streets acquired by the state earlier this year.

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Hawaiian Airlines hopes the state will reconsider its Safe Travels Program after new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people can travel domestically at low risk to themselves.

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In the first six months of the pandemic, more than 107,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) were found on beaches and waterways around the world, according to a new report from the California-based nonprofit Ocean Conservancy.

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Virtual learning and the overall disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a decline in college enrollment from Hawaii's public school students.

With a state lockdown in effect, Hawai‘i saw fewer pedestrian fatalities in 2020 compared to the year before, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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The Oahu Wedding Association is asking Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi to have weddings fall under the same guidelines as other commercial events under the City's Tier 3 of its reopening plan.


A bill moving through the Hawaii State Legislature could increase the buying power of people using government SNAP-EBT benefits to purchase food through the state's DA BUX program. Funding to continue the program, however, is not part of the proposal.

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Despite federal aid and grant programs, the number of local businesses that have missed rent continues to climb, according to the Third Hawaii Commercial Rent Survey from Island Business Management.

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Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii (HMHB) has a launched a new mobile clinic to provide health and social services to Oahu's most vulnerable moms, expectant mothers and babies.

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A new report by research firm Omnitrak finds Generation X travelers - which defines the group as those between the ages of 35 and 54 - will be the group most ready to travel within the next six months.

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Windward Oahu withstand weather at 'Aikahi Elementary; New president takes charge at Maryknoll School; Reality Check: Can Landlord-Tenant Mediation Stave Off Mass Evictions?; Combatting global disinformation; Hawaiian monk seals face threat from dogs

Windward Oahu withstand weather at 'Aikahi Elementary

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COVID-19 cases behind bars; Big Island doctor reflects as physician-assisted-dying bill advances in Hawai'i Senate; Reality Check: State budget shortfall smaller than expected; Alzheimer's virtual conference tomorrow; Punahou grad on the latest Mars mission

COVID-19 cases behind bars

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Bill would require state agencies to buy local produce; Executing Larry Ellison's agricultural vision on Lanai; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Zippy's wants to pay employees to get vaccinated; Union leader on remote working policy for government workers; Challenges with telehealth adoption


New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state; Reality Check: how the pandemic has exacerbated our teacher shortage; Rental assistance program rolls out for Native Hawaiians; Perseverance rover hunts for ancient life on Mars

New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state

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U.S. Senator Brian Schatz on transportation, Hawaiian homelands and more; East-West Center fellow talks latest on Myanmar; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Lawmakers try to shift tax burden to non-residents; President Truman's aloha shirt collection

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A new tax on gasoline-powered cars priced more than $60,000 would be used to fund electric vehicle infrastructure across the state.

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Updated 2/16/21, 12:43 p.m.

Hawaii ranked second-to-last in providing school breakfasts to low-income students, but the tide may have shifted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Updated 2/9/21, 12 p.m.

The pandemic has been difficult for many local restaurants, but one restaurateur keeps fighting in the same spirit as his father.

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School Facilities Agency to be part of Hawaii's economic resiliency strategy; Punahou Carnival goes online; Reality Check: It's a long way home for many Pacific Islanders; Hawaii photographer recounts Capitol Hill siege

School Facilities Agency to be part of Hawaii's economic resiliency strategy

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Governor reports on the progress of vaccines; UHERO provides an economic forecast based on latest tourism numbers; Reality Check: Lawmakers want return of "Gifts of Aloha"; New bill would attempt to discourage theft of catalytic converters; Regulation of electric scooters

Governor reports on the progress of vaccines

Chinatown businesses expect quiet Lunar New Year; Restaurateur takes over father's former Benihana location; Reality Check: Newly released disciplinary reports document misconduct by police officers; Director discusses premiere of new film at Sundance

Chinatown businesses expect quiet Lunar New Year

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HTA's latest tourist numbers; Reality Check: Tax on tourist may help green goals; Art events in February; New podcast from UH Hilo; Finding Ohana hits Netflix today

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Samoan repatriation; Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's Food System; Moloka'i deer die-off; The state of Hawaii's private schools; UH Manoa's College of Education prospective teacher's event.

Samoan repatriation

When American Samoa closed down its borders due to the pandemic, many nationals were stranded abroad. Reporter Ku'uwehi Hiraishi joins us to discuss the challenges American Samoans are facing amid repariation efforts.

Reality Check: Fixing Hawaii's food system

The Conversation: Reactions to the State of the State Address

Jan 25, 2021
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Reactions to the State of the State Address; DOH to vaccinate Kalaupapa community; East-West Medical Institute discusses vaccine trial findings; Reality Check: Lack of tourism revenue hits Kauai healthcare facility; How to combat overtourism

Reactions to the State of the State Address

Democratic Governor David Ige gave his 2021 State of the State Address this morning. Governor Ige urges residents to look forward after an unprecedented year. Tom Yamachika, President of Tax Foundation of Hawaii, joins us with reactions.

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Remote testimony at the State Legislature; State mismanagement of Native Hawaiian burial grounds; Reality Check: American Samoans can return home after quarantine in Hawaii; Maui County planning 5,000 affordable housing units in five years; The Rent and Relief Housing Assistance Program.

Remote testimony at the State Legislature

State Labor Director; House Finance Outlook; Reality Check: Remote Learning Initiative; Outrigger Hotels

State Labor Director