Political news

U.S. Vets Helping Homeless Veterans

Sep 3, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Veterans account for 10 percent of Hawai’i’s homeless population.  Many face the same challenges other homeless individuals experience but, like the overall population, all are not mentally ill or substance abusers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Department of Health Unveils New Entrance and Lobby

Sep 2, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Department of Health registers more than 40,000 marriage licenses and birth certificates each year.   Today, state officials dedicated a newly renovated lobby for one of the most highly used public spaces.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

A Honolulu City Council committee heard public testimony today on a number of controversial measures that would ban certain behaviors in public and commercial spaces.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Advances in medical research and technology have contributed to more effective treatment of chronic diseases but they come at a price.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended a Think Tech session on these improvements and filed this report.    

Gubernatorial Candidates Participate in Forum

Aug 26, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The four candidates for Hawai’i Governor met for the first time today following the Primary Election earlier this month.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the focus was on the future.     

Ige Campaign Talks Strategy

Aug 25, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

There are about 70 days left before the General Election, Nov 4th.   The leading Democrat for Governor bowed out of a face-to-face encounter last week and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides this update …

Wayne Yoshioka

Commissaries are the civilian equivalent of supermarkets on military bases.   Their buyers attend an annual food show to meet and taste-test products made by Hawaii-based brands.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Puna Agriculture Suffers Losses With No Relief in Sight

Aug 19, 2014
Kenn Harada

Tropical Storm Iselle damaged agricultural crops in the Puna region with losses estimated to be in the millions of dollars.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke to area farmers, who say they need immediate relief.    

Puna Recovery Operations Continue

Aug 18, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

About 1,500 Hawaii Electric Company customers remain without power in Puna today in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle less than 2 weeks ago.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the area and filed this report.    

Takai vs Djou Shaping Up

Aug 14, 2014
Takai Djou campaigns

The Congressional District One race will be a contest watched nationally because it has a viable Republican candidate.   The days leading up to the General Election, November 4th will be a sprint to the finish and expensive.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has requested a state court postpone Friday’s election in Puna rather than conclude the Primary Election.   Two precinct polling stations were not opened last Saturday for walk-in voting because of damage by Tropical Storm Iselle.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

City Paramedics Try 12-hour Shifts

Aug 12, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu will launch a “pilot” program for ambulance service throughout the island.  City officials hope to save money and improve working conditions for first responders.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Democratic Races Settled; U.S. Senate Contest in Limbo

Aug 10, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i Democrats conducted their traditional “Unity Breakfast” yesterday in Honolulu, bringing together the winners and losers from Saturday’s Primary Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Forecast for Hurricane Iselle

Aug 7, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hurricane Iselle continues on its path toward Hawai’I Island.  Mike Cantin, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service provided this forecast update earlier this morning …

The "Race" for Hawai'i Governor

Aug 6, 2014
Abercrombie/Ige Campaign

The race for the Democratic nomination for Hawai’i Governor is headed to the finish line Saturday.   If the initial tally of votes are close, meaning they are split down the middle, the neighbor island electorate will likely decide who the winner will be.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka takes a look at the strategies of both candidates. 

Ward: Ethnicity Still a Factor in Hawai'i Elections

Aug 5, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Ethnicity as a common denominator in Hawai’i elections is not as pronounced as it once was in the 1950s and 60s.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, ethnicity is still viewed as an important characteristic in local political races.    

60th Anniversary of the 1954 Democratic Revolution

Aug 4, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i Democrats seized power in the Territorial Legislature 60 years ago beginning with the primary election.  This year’s primary could also be a defining moment for the Party as it enters a new era of party membership.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with those at the epicenter of that movement and files this report.   

The Self-Proclaimed Political "Underdog"

Jul 31, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Political upsets are rare in Hawai’i and incumbent candidates, especially at the Congressional level, don’t usually lose to lesser- known challengers.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, that’s not enough to discourage those willing to go against the odds.    

The Millenials in Hawai'i Politics

Jul 30, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

They are the children of Baby Boomers and the next generation of political leaders in Hawai’i.   They have the potential of being a powerful political force in the state if they get involved, run for office and vote.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this report.     

Wayne Yoshioka

The Congressional District One race has 7 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination.   The top three campaign money-raisers in the last month before the Primary Election are making a final push for victory on August 9th.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Early Walk-in Voting Starts on Oahu

Jul 28, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Walk-in Absentee and Early Voting started today at two sites on Oahu.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

No Debates for Lieutenant Governor Race

Jul 24, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Lieutenant Governor’s race has been low key.  The candidates have not participated in any joint appearance or forum and it appears unlikely they will meet prior to the August 9 Primary Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Representative Calvin Say's Residency Challenge Update

Jul 23, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Twenty-Eight incumbent State House Democrats are running unopposed in the Primary Election and will automatically advance to the General Election, November 4th.  But one of them, former House Speaker Calvin Say, is being challenged in Court to prove his residency in his House District.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

No Political Polls Before the Primary Election?

Jul 22, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

There are less than 20 days left before the Primary Election, August 9th, and there are no polls to provide a point-in-time look at how political candidates are doing.  Why?  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains.    

Congressional District One Forum

Jul 21, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Most of the candidates running for Hawaii’s First Congressional District – minus Senate President Donna Mercado-Kim -- appeared before a group of nearly 300 realtors today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Honolulu City Council District IV Race

Jul 18, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

It’s 30 days to the Primary Election, August 9th.   The non-partisan Honolulu City Council race to fill the vacancy left by Stanley Chang, who is running for Congress, is in full swing in the state’s wealthiest county council district.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Political TV Ads Fill the Air

Jul 17, 2014

The first batch of 108-thousand permanent absentee ballots will be mailed out to O’ahu voters tomorrow.  That means political television ads will be running full bore for the candidates who can afford them.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides a rundown of the spots through the medium of radio.     

State Hospital Investigation Continues

Jul 16, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A Senate Committee continued its investigation of alleged misconduct at the State Hospital.   Top administrators were ordered to testify today under oath on a number of issues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

More than 500 attendees were on hand today in Waikiki for a first-ever conference focusing on developing the next generation of leaders in Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Department of Defense spending, the 2nd largest source of revenue for the state behind tourism, is facing potential budgetary cuts which could hurt Hawai’i’s economy.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.