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Congressman-Elect Heading to Washington D.C.

Nov 10, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Congressman-Elect Mark Takai heads to Washington D-C tomorrow night to take the first steps in organizing his Capitol Hill office.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the newest member of Hawai’i’s Congressional Delegation and filed this report.     

Hawai'i's Governor-Elect Makes First Appointment

Nov 7, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai'i's Governor-Elect named his first appointment today.  HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Speaker Joe Souki Wins Unanimous Approval

Nov 7, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai'i's Speaker of the House will be serving another term.  HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Common Cause Hawai'i Critical of Super PACs

Nov 7, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Surrogate political committees poured millions into Hawai'i elections.  HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Voter Turnout Lowest Since Statehood

Nov 5, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Voter turnout for the 2014 General Election was the lowest since Statehood in 1959, when nearly 94 percent of Hawai’i voters cast ballots.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, that was when the population was half the size it is today and a time when life was different.    

Some O'ahu Voters Crossing Party Lines

Nov 4, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i voters went to the polls today to cast their ballots for their candidates of choice.   Some voters are not sticking to their Party Tickets in the General Election, making the Congressional District One race too close to call.    

Congressional District One Race Down to the Wire

Nov 3, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Congressional District One race is dead even according to the latest media polls.  The two leading candidates are last making a final push for votes.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with both of them and filed this report.     

Wayne Yoshioka

The candidates running for Lieutenant Governor have not participated in a formal debate or forum this election year.   With the General Election days away, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with three of the four candidates and filed this report.   

Lawmakers Briefed on Ebola Preparations

Oct 29, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers today convened a second Department of Health update on preparations for the Ebola Virus, should it strike Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Super PACs Weigh in on Gubernatorial Race

Oct 28, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The latest Hawai’i Campaign Spending Commission report is out.  And the leading candidates running for Governor are expressing mixed feelings about so-called Super Political Action Committees or PACs spending millions on local campaign ads.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Congressional District One Race in Final Push

Oct 27, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s Congressional District One race is too close to call, according to the latest polls.   And the two front-runners are in full campaign swing with the General Election one week away.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The 20th Annual Men’s March Against Domestic Violence was conducted around the State Capitol today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and reports on a law that is not well known in the community and applies to those assigned to protect us.    

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers were briefed today on where health agencies and medical facilities are in preparing for infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

State Senate District 12 Race Focuses on Development

Oct 20, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Early Walk-In Voting starts tomorrow in Honolulu and   incumbent legislators who won their Primary Election challenges are expected to win re-election.  But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one contest has been heated from the start.    

Wayne Yoshioka

A U.S. Senate Committee hearing was convened today to focus on domestic violence involving the military stationed in Hawai’i.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HART

The City and County of Honolulu has a new housing strategy that focuses on building more affordable rental units for residents around rail transit stations.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Honolulu TOD Plans Up for Public Comment

Oct 13, 2014
HART

Honolulu’s Rail Transit system is scheduled to begin operating in three years. City officials are currently working on development and zoning plans for land along the transit route. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Flickr / morner
Flickr / morner

A Joint Legislative Committee on Public Safety convened an informational briefing today on the Honolulu Police Department’s response to domestic violence cases. Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women executive director, Cathy Betts, receives calls daily from domestic violence victims complaining about how police officers handle their cases.

Constitutional Amendment Polarizing Education Community

Sep 29, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

One of this year’s constitutional amendment ballot questions asks voters if public funds should be used for private early childhood education programs.  The issue has polarized leaders in the education community and a compromise doesn’t appear to be an option.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu Mayor Signs Ban on Plastic Store Bags

Sep 25, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu moved one step closer to an outright ban on all plastic shopping bags today.   A bill was signed into law at Ala Moana Beach Park and will strengthen the plastic ban when it’s implemented next year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Tournament's Fresh Catch Goes to Feeding Homeless

Sep 25, 2014
IHS
IHS

The Third Annual Fishing Tournament for Hawai’i’s Hungry was conducted over the weekend. Today, the fish was cleaned and prepared for Institute for Human Services homeless shelter clients and guests. Volunteer Chef Eddie Mafnas supervised the cooking. 

More than 1,200 pounds of fish was caught in waters off the north shore of O’ahu during the two-day tournament.

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu City Council District Four is home to some of the richest residents in the state.   Stretching from Hawai’i Kai to Waikiki, the district has the highest property values on O’ahu.  The Kahala Business Association hosted the two candidates running to represent the area.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HPR's Gubernatorial Debate

Sep 22, 2014
Phyllis Look / Hawaii Public Radio
Phyllis Look / Hawaii Public Radio

  Affordable housing and homelessness, education and budget priorities were all topics of the gubernatorial forum hosted Monday night at Hawai‘i Public Radio. HPR Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka covered a variety of topics with all four candidates: Republican James “Duke” Aiona, Democrat David Ige, Independent Mufi Hannemann, and Libertarian Jeff Davis.

The hour-long forum was recorded before a live studio audience at HPR’s Atherton Studio.

 

 

Wayne Yoshioka

The candidates running for Governor will be appearing in a number of political forums in the coming weeks.  Their first state-wide radio and television appearance will be September 22nd.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka, has this preview.

Honolulu Rail Transit update

Sep 17, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Construction of Honolulu’s 5.2 billion dollar Rail Transit System is moving toward the urban center at a steady pace.  The focus of the City Council’s Budget Committee yesterday was on the project’s impact on Kaka’ako businesses.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

State Conducts Housing First Training

Sep 16, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness brought trainers in from New York to help with the state-wide implementation of Housing First.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with the consultants and visited a homeless acquaintance in Waikiki ….

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit Convenes

Sep 15, 2014
Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit convened today in Honolulu.  Attendees are learning about the latest innovations that will transform electrical power generation and usage in Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part V

Sep 12, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A 16-billion dollar appropriation was signed by the President last month to fix the Veterans Administration’s primary care system.  In the last part of our series, “Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asks those familiar with the VA Kona Clinic, “Can the system of care be fixed?”

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part IV

Sep 11, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The VA clinic in Kona is a chronic disease management facility.  In the next installment in our series, “Through the eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some veterans say the VA clinic is nothing more than a pill dispensary …

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part III

Sep 10, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

More than 19 million gallons of Agent Orange, a powerful chemical defoliant, was sprayed in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972.   In our continuing series, “Through the eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka speaks to a widow who blames the VA for her husband’s death.

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