Political news

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.    

Hawaii News Now

The top Democratic candidates for Governor participated in their last scheduled televised debate.  The  forum was sponsored by Hawai’i News Now and the Honolulu Star Advertiser.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides a recap. 

Honolulu City Council Advances Public Sidewalk Bills

Jul 9, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council heard public testimony today on 4 bills to address the increasing number of homeless people in public areas.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Governor Vetoes 7 Bills

Jul 8, 2014

Today was the Governor’s deadline to veto bills passed by the legislature last session.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has a rundown of the measures that failed to receive the Governor’s approval.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The State and Counties’ Chief Executives and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs signed a joint declaration today to launch a sustainability effort that will take place over the next 16 years.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s 1st Congressional District had the only Asian-majority in the U.S. for decades …a distinction it now shares with San Jose, California.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the seven candidates vying for the democratic nomination in the primary election are reaching out to the district’s Asian majorities from Waipahu to Hawai’i Kai.    

HCDA Board Denies Resident Appeals

Jul 3, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority ruled today on two petitions from local residents who are opposed to the construction of neighboring high-rises in Kaka’ako.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Hawai'i Interagency Council on Homelessness Update

Jul 1, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Last year, Hawai’i joined 25 other locations in a national effort to end chronic homelessness by 2016.   The first major push is set to launch in about one hundred days.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.    

Governor Signs Health and Senior Bills into Law

Jun 30, 2014
Tyler Kruse, Office of the Governor

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed 16 bills into law today, a majority of them relating to aging and health.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

City Focuses on Waikiki Homeless Problem

Jun 18, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Homelessness in Waikiki is the number one complaint from many of the 200-thousand visitors there on any given day.  That, according to city officials, who are stepping up their efforts to address the problem.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

June is National Reunification Month

Jun 17, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

June is National Reunification Month, a time to recognize the efforts of Hawai’i’s courts, child welfare and community service providers who help bring families, many of them torn apart by substance abuse, back together again.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one family’s journey to reunification.