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Medical Tourism: Not Ready For Prime Time?

Nov 7, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The first-ever Pacific Regenerative Medical Conference in Honolulu conducted a panel discussion today to explore ways to attract visitors to the islands for healing and medical cures. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A first-ever Medical Conference at the Hawai’i Convention Center this week is focusing on the natural healing properties of the human body. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard Sworn Into Office

Nov 1, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu’s first female Police Chief was sworn into office today at HPD Headquarters. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.  

Medical Cannabis vs Prescription Opiate Pain Killers

Oct 31, 2017
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More than 33,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses last year.  Local medical cannabis proponents say many of these deaths can be prevented. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

One American dies every 20 minutes after overdosing on opioids, nearly half of them from prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and Fentanyl.  Brian Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Noa Botannicals, a medical cannabis dispensary in Honolulu.

Treat PTSD With Medical Cannabis

Oct 30, 2017
State Department of Health

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a debilitating condition for many combat veterans in Hawai’i.  Now, these vets have options for treatment – including medical cannabis -- that could ease their PTSD symptoms.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

2017 Wahine Forum: Work Together, Rise Together

Oct 26, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The 10th Annual Wahine Forum welcomed nearly 850 attendees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

Carlisle: Fed's Case Against the Kealohas Solid

Oct 25, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu’s former police chief and his city deputy prosecutor wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges Friday. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one prominent attorney says the case appears to be solid.

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu City Councilmembers are expected to request the state legislature pass measures to toughen liquor laws next session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Nimitz Highway Viaduct Cleanup Begins

Oct 23, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Transportation is leading a multi-agency effort to clear homeless encampments under the Nimitz Highway Viaduct. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

DHHL Looks Ahead Toward 2018

Oct 19, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers focused on affordable housing for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawaii Superferry

It’s been nearly a decade since the Superferry made its inaugural voyage to Kahului, Maui.   And, the feasibility of another interisland ferry came up during the Hawai’i Economic Association annual conference last week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

A statewide coalition of health professionals, educators, business and community representatives are teaming up to record oral health data in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Economic Association Annual Conference last week focused on transportation of goods into the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawai'i Telehealth Summit: Statewide Resource

Oct 12, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The state is hosting a Telehealth Summit this week with the goal of developing statewide coverage. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

DRAFT Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Report Briefed

Oct 11, 2017
Department of Land and Natural Resources

The State’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission conducted its first meeting today and received a briefing on a draft sea level rise report.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The V-A estimates 20 to 22 U-S military veterans commit suicide each day.  One of the programs attempting to lower that rate is at Schofield Barracks this week.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

"Atomic Ware" Vases Hand-Carried to Hiroshima

Oct 9, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Two pottery pieces labeled “Atomic Ware” were delivered to Japan last week. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the unique artifacts were found during a garage sale in Hawai’i Kai. 

State: Hawai'i Tourism No Longer #1

Sep 25, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Tourism is currently the largest employer in Hawai’i but its making way for other job opportunities for residents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Emergency Management Agency provided a briefing on what residents and visitors should do in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack targeting Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Global Tourism Summit: Japan #1 for Hawai'i

Sep 20, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

It was Day Two of the Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu and time to focus on Hawai’i’s number one international market.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s annual visitor-industry conference is being expanded to the first-ever Global Tourism Summit.  About 25-hundred attendees are registered for the 3-day event. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Federal agency representatives are on a road tour, visiting Hawai’i to offer funding for smaller companies doing research and development.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Residents of the Marco Polo condominium on Kapi’olani Boulevard are now eligible for low-interest loans following a devastating fire two months ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Honolulu City Council is advancing a bill to ban smoking in motor vehicles when a child is present.   The measure has strong City Council and community support.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i is the first state in the nation that plans to implement a cashless payment system for medical cannabis or marijuana. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Smaller This Year

Sep 11, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu conducted a remembrance ceremony for those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu hosted the State’s chief executive today during one of their monthly luncheons. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Funding Extension

Sep 6, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council approved the measure to enable the city to receive money to continue funding the rail transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The legislature’s Honolulu rail funding bill was signed into law today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Department of Health

Two medical marijuana dispensaries opened last month and was the subject of a Hawai’i Venture Capital Association panel discussion. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.