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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.


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

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

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.

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part II

Sep 9, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Kona VA Clinic serves between 15 and 16 hundred veterans each year in West Hawai’i.  The staff consists of one doctor and 20 specialists and support workers.  In his continuing series, “Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka talks to veterans about their treatment and the challenges faced by those living on the neighbor islands.

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part I

Sep 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

More than 7,200 veterans live in West Hawaii, a geographic area larger than O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i and Lana’i combined.  In the first of a series,”Through the eyes of Kona veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visits the VA medical clinic that cares for the vets.

Urban Farm Hawai'i's First Harvest

Sep 4, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s first large-scale urban farm in Honolulu harvested its first crop this weekend and shared its bounty with the community.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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.