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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.   

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.