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Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s 4 County Mayors addressed members of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i today during a luncheon in Honolulu.   It was the first event of its kind hosted by the Chamber and some members said it provided a fresh perspective.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Plans for President Barack Obama’s official library are years away from being finalized but the first request for qualifications has been announced by his foundation and Hawai’i’s team is putting together an initial proposal due next month.   The team provided an update of its vision today at Hawai’i’s 14th Annual Build and Buy Green Conference in Kaka’ako.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

City Unveils Ala Wai Canal Bridge Proposal

May 6, 2014
City Department of Transportation Services

The Ala Wai Canal was built in 1928 and since then there have been numerous proposals to build a bridge over the iconic waterway to provide greater access into Waikiki.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the idea has resurfaced again as Oahu’s rail transit project makes its way into Honolulu’s urban core.    

Native Hawaiian Rolls Commission Update for Lawmakers

May 5, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Native Hawaiian Rolls Commission provided an update for lawmakers today on its progress in registering members of the state’s recognized indigenous people.  The goal is to form a governing entity and self-governance for Native Hawaiians.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

House Passes Turtle Bay Resort Purchase

May 1, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Legislature ended its 2014 session today.  But there was a critical last minute vote on a measure to preserve undeveloped North Shore land for future generations.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Kakaako Development Project Approved

Apr 30, 2014
Hawaii Community Development Authority

Another major development in Kaka’ako was approved today by the Hawai’i Community Development Authority.  This one features more than 600 residential units and space for the community’s first grocery store.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Senate and House Pass State Budget

Apr 29, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Both houses of the Legislature overwhelmingly approved the State Budget today which was less than what the Governor asked for but more for some state departments, including public schools and the University of Hawai’i system.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Ukulele Bill Still Alive

Apr 28, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A bill to name the official state musical instrument stalled and died last week in conference committee because both houses could not reach an agreement.   But there is still hope for passage of another measure that could do the same thing before the session adjourns Thursday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains.

Turtle Bay Conservation Agreement Down to the Wire

Apr 24, 2014
Office of the Governor

The outcome of a decades-long battle to protect O’ahu’s North Shore from development will likely be decided on the last day of state budget deliberations at the State Capitol tomorrow.  Lawmakers have yet to decide on whether to fund the state’s portion of the offer to purchase the coastline property.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.    

Aquaculture in Hawaii Discussed

Apr 23, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A panel of industry experts focused on developing aquaculture on a commercial scale in Hawai’i to feed residents, tourists and eventually sell seafood products in other markets.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

National Legislative Publication Picks Ukulele Bill #1

Apr 22, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The National Conference of State Legislatures ranked Hawai’i number one for having the most interesting legislative proposal in the country.   It has nothing to do with the state budget … minimum wage increase or proposals to buy conservation land.  The number one topic in the national publication’s monthly magazine has to do with a bill naming Hawai’i’s official musical instrument.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides an update on that measure.     

U.H. Students Design Micro-Housing Units

Apr 21, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka / KHPR

Ending homelessness by providing affordable housing options for low income residents has been high on the list of priorities for Hawai’i lawmakers.   The U-H School of Architecture has stepped up to meet that challenge and is developing a number of designs that could be affordable for more people.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Rail Transit Guideway Scheduled for Construction

Apr 17, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu’s 5.1 billion dollar rail transit project is set to make a major push toward the city in the next few weeks as construction of the major guide-way system is ramped up and put into place.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

State Senate Update on Hawai'i Health Connector

Apr 16, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s Affordable Care Act Insurance Portal, the Hawai’i Health Connector, needs more money to stay in business next year.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, lawmakers were briefed today on the extent of the funding deficit which is in the millions of dollars.     

DOE Budget Moving Through Legislature

Apr 15, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers began deliberations today on the state budget in a joint Senate-House conference committee.   The largest state funding outlay – about one-third of total spending – goes to Hawai’i’s public school system.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Kaka'ako Pump Station to be Renovated

Apr 14, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Eight new high rise towers have been approved for construction in Kaka’ako, so far.  But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, two smaller projects have focused on restoring iconic structures in what is being dubbed as, “O’ahu’s 3rd City.   

Education Secretary Visits Waipahu High School

Mar 31, 2014

The U-S Education Secretary had a stopover in Hawai’i this weekend and visited O’ahu schools today before returning to Washington D.C.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the nation’s top education administrator and filed this report.    

Wayne Yoshioka

There are 40 days left before the state legislature adjourns and most eyes are now focused on the state budget.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with key players in the government funding process and filed this report.     

Ukulele Not A Guarantee for State Instrument

Mar 26, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Officially designating Hawai’i’s State Instrument is proving to be far more difficult at the State Capitol than many lawmakers ever anticipated.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, legislation is seldom easy and far from being simple.   

Wayne Yoshioka

According to the U-S Census Bureau, nearly 40 percent of all single family homes on O’ahu were built in 1969 or earlier, and could experience delays when remodeled or demolished in the near future.   But, there’s a bill making its way through the legislature that could change all that.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

A New Face to Support Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Mar 24, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Supporters of medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawai’i brought a new face to the legislature.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, a House Committee heard that the medicinal value of marijuana is not just for terminally ill cancer patients.     

Legislature Addresses Autism This Session

Mar 20, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Autism is on the rise in the U-S and Hawai’i.  The cost for local families and taxpayers … is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions and lawmakers are trying to address it. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

A Joint Development Project Proposed for Kaka'ako

Mar 19, 2014
Hawaii Community Development Authority

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority reviewed plans for another major development project in Kaka’ako yesterday…this one across South Street from the Circuit Court Building parking garage.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the latest proposal is a complex venture involving two commercial builders and the Honolulu rail transit project.     

GMO in Waialua: The Future

Mar 18, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

This week on HPR, we’re presenting a series we’re calling, “Genetically Engineered:  Beyond Emotion.”   The town of Waialua on O’ahu’s North Shore is home to a Biotech Farm which is adjacent to  a public school and a residential area.  In his second report, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka talked to people about the road ahead for GMO and their community.

Read more about HPR's series on GMOs: 

GMOs in the USA

GMOs on Molokai

Dupont-Pioneer and its Waialua Neighbors

Mar 17, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

This week on HPR, we’re presenting a series we’re calling, “Genetically Engineered:  Beyond Emotion.”   In the first of two reports, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visits the town of Waialua on O’ahu’s North Shore, home to a large biotech farm located right next to a public school and residential area.

Read more about HPR's series on GMOs: 

GMOs in the USA

GMOs on Molokai

Hawai'i Aquaponic Products Conference, March 22nd

Mar 13, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Agriculture is taking the first step in developing large scale aquaponic farming, the fresh-water system that grows fish and plants, simultaneously.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited one of the largest aquaponic farms in Central O’ahu.  

Governor Announces Budget Prioritization Plan

Mar 12, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The legislature passed the executive budget today, setting in motion deliberations throughout the Capitol on funding for the remainder of this year and next.  This on the heels of the Council on Revenues downward projection of economic growth.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Exclusive HPR Interview with Rep. Faye Hanohano

Mar 11, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State Representative Faye Hanohano says she is ready to move forward to do the work of the people.   That, after receiving a letter of reprimand from the House Speaker last week.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this exclusive interview with the lawmaker from Puna.    

More Military Living in O'ahu Communities

Mar 10, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Military service-members in Hawai’i received a 14.7 percent housing allowance increase in January, which is a tax-free subsidy to help pay for housing in the civilian market.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, rental prices around Oahu’s largest base are on the rise and already beyond the reach of many low-income residents.    

State Legislature Convenes in Special Session

Mar 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

R101 (SESS1 of 5) Monday, October 28, 2013.  

The Hawai’i Legislature convened in special session today to consider a measure to grant marriage equality for same-sex couples.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the proceedings at the State Capitol and filed this report.