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House Joint Committee Considers Amendments

Mar 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

R101 (SESS2 of 5) Tuesday, November 5, 2013.  

A Joint House Committee ended public testimony this afternoon on the marriage equality bill and is currently deliberating some changes before a full House vote as early as this evening.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Marriage Equality Bill

Mar 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

R101 (SESS3 of 5) Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  

The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the House version of the Marriage Equality Bill today, clearing the way for the Governor to sign it into law as soon as possible.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was at the State Capitol for the vote.   

Governor Signs Marriage Equality into Law

Mar 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

R101 (SESS4 of 5) Wednesday, November 13, 2013.  

Governor Neil Abercrombie presided over an invitation-only bill signing ceremony at the Convention Center today.    The state’s chief executive signed the Marriage Equality bill into law following a two-and-a-half week special session.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Department of Health Issues Marriage Licenses

Mar 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

R101 (SESS5 of 5) Monday, December 02, 2013.  

The Department of Health recorded 8 same-sex marriages before opening their doors this morning at 7:45.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the Marriage License Office on their first day of new business.   

A Celebration of Ethnic Diversity in Hawaii

Mar 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

R102 (LUAU) Monday, October 7, 2013.  One out of four Hawai’i residents claims a multi-ethnic heritage, the highest proportion in the nation, according the U.S. Census Bureau.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited with one local family for a baby luau.

Communications Pacific

A Honolulu City Council Committee approved a plan to build a second luxury tower in Waikiki today, on the same block that another high-end building is already under construction.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

OHA Kaka'ako Plan Criticized

Mar 5, 2014

Representatives from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs went to the Capitol today to brief House members on their plan to build residential buildings in Kaka’ako Makai.  Instead, they received a strong recommendation from the committee chair to go back to the negotiating table with the Governor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Some Lawmakers Oppose Ukulele as State Instrument

Mar 4, 2014

State lawmakers considered more than 500 bills today before a critical legislative deadline, Thursday.  Proposed measures must be approved in the originating House in order to crossover to the other chamber for consideration.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, all bills have a long way to go and there are no guarantees, not even for the one of the most popular instruments in Hawai’i.

Consumer Protection Week Launched in Hawai'i

Mar 3, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The state department charged with consumer protection in Hawai’i is reaching out to the public this week.  The regulators want you to know how you can guard against fraud and when it occurs to bring the culprits to justice.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

"Bachi" and the U.S. Senate Race in Hawai'i

Feb 27, 2014
Rosetta Stone

The primary election to determine which Democratic candidate will go on to fill the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye’s seat is just 160-days away. But can campaign donations and union endorsements overcome a culturally-based curse that is legendary in Hawai’i politics? HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke to supporters and candidates about this curse and filed this report. 

Honolulu Mayor's State of the City Address

Feb 26, 2014
Jay Parasco, Office of the Mayor

The Mayor of Honolulu delivered his annual State of the City address today…his second since taking office last year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

State Judiciary Photo

More than 7-thousand children enter the state’s Juvenile Justice System each year and many require treatment and services that are currently nonexistent.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, lawmakers are considering funding these services before it’s too late.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Candidates in the crowded race for Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa’s seat met for the first time today in a face-to-face political forum hosted by the Kokua Council in Honolulu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s young politicians are reaching across party lines and governmental jurisdictions to work for a common goal, to get things done.   The group hosted a special guest who inspired its formation.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

HCDA Conducts Hearing for Kaka'ako Petitioners

Feb 19, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Kaka’ako residents residing next to the approved high rise known as “The Collection,” which will be built on the old CompUSA site, petitioned the State to reconsider the permit it issued for the project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Wayne Yoshioka

Opponents fighting a proposed state ban on unmanned aerial vehicles packed a capitol hearing room today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, their arguments were heard loud and clear.    

State of Hawaii House of Representatives
State of Hawaii House of Representatives

Hunting for sport and subsistence is popular on the neighbor islands and rural Oahu where wild game is more plentiful and accessible. A number of lawmakers are supporting a measure this session to preserve land set aside for Hawai’i’s hunters. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering a number of bills to provide tax relief for residents on the verge of becoming homeless.   One sweeping measure is proposing a number of tax breaks for those in need.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

State Launches Homeless Initiative

Feb 12, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Health received a federal grant to address chronic homelessness in Hawai’i which will involve federal and country agencies and well as community and social service organizations throughout the state.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Wayne Yoshioka

A State House Committee today passed 4 of the 7 bills introduced this session to restructure the Hawai’i Community Development Authority.  This following a day-long hearing Saturday involving many Kaka’ako residents who wanted the state agency abolished.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Construction to Overtake Tourism in 2014

Feb 6, 2014

The state’s top economic driver, tourism, is on the verge of being overtaken by the construction industry.  That’s the prediction of two economists who spoke at the Hawai’i Economic Association luncheon today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee passed a bill today that would re-start the bidding process for the leasehold sale of the city’s affordable housing properties.  That, following the failure of the highest bidder to meet financing deadlines by the end of last year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Ivory Ban Legislation Advances in House

Feb 4, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

More than 35-thousand African elephants were slaughtered by poachers last year and the elephants face extinction in a dozen years.  Today, a House Committee unanimously advanced a bill to outlaw the sale of all ivory products in the state.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Wayne Yoshioka

The State had an $844 million budget surplus last year and the 4 counties are now asking the legislature to reinstate their share of tourism revenues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Senate Committee Advances Minimum Wage Hike Bill

Jan 30, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A State Senate Committee advanced a measure today that would raise Hawai’i’s minimum wage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

People not Profits Rally Conducted at State Capitol

Jan 29, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka


A grassroots unity rally was conducted at the State Capitol today to send a message to lawmakers that the health of the land and people should be the top priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Hawai'i P-20 Council Announces Higher Education Goals

Jan 28, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Sixty-five percent of jobs in Hawaii will require some college by the year 2018.  That, according to a study from Georgetown University.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the state unveiled its plan to deliver qualified graduates in the workforce.  

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature has officially been in session for one week, and is already in the midst of the first round of hearings on a number of bills relating to Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Kaua’i County organizers are gearing up for a long fight.      

House Bills Aim to Restructure Hawai'i Health Connector

Jan 23, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are proposing legislation to change the structure and oversight of Hawai’i’s health insurance portal.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Anti-Child Pornography Bill Introduced

Jan 23, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A state lawmaker has introduced a measure to provide additional funding to combat internet crimes against children.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the bill is named for a victim from the East Coast who is sponsoring legislation nationwide.