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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.     

Affordable Housing Legislation Introduced Today

Jan 22, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A Think Tank consisting of lawmakers, developers, finance and government agency officials helped introduce 20 bills today relating to housing and homeless initiatives.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the key provision is funding.  

Governor Delivers 4th State of the State Address

Jan 21, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s Chief Executive addressed both houses of the Legislature today for his 4th State of the State speech.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Legislative Keiki Caucus Unveils its 2014 Package

Jan 16, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are in the midst of introducing more than 3-thousand bills before the cut-off next Friday. The bi-partisan Keiki Caucus unveiled its legislative package for 2014 today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Hawai'i Legislature Convenes 27th Session

Jan 15, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Legislature convened for its 27th session today, with both Houses honoring more than 80 former lawmakers who served since Statehood 55 years ago.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the top issues for this upcoming session were also laid out by the legislative leadership.    

Sea Level Rise Legislation Being Introduced

Jan 14, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature convenes tomorrow and lawmakers are expected to introduce about 3-thousand bills for consideration.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one of the measures receiving broad-based support has to do with rising sea levels.  

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s first large-scale Urban Garden was planted this weekend in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has been tracking the progress of this first and only garden of its kind in the state. 

Hawai'i U.S. Senate Race Gearing Up

Jan 9, 2014
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There are 210 days left before the Primary Election and the race for Hawai’i’s U.S. Senate seat will be gearing up for what could be a close vote. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

State Auditor Briefs Lawmakers on HTA Findings

Jan 8, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers were briefed today on a State Auditor’s Report that criticized the Hawai’i Tourism Authority late last year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

HOPE Probation Program Expanding Rapidly

Jan 7, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s HOPE probation has become a national model for one simple reason:  IT WORKS!  That, according to its founder who is helping other jurisdictions implement the program.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.        

Hawaii's HOPE Probation Program

Jan 6, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

A Hawaii Circuit Court Judge implemented a new felony probation program more than 9 years ago. It was the first and only one of its kind in the nation. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

The Gift from One Generation to the Next

Dec 24, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

A New-Old Restaurant opened recently in Kaka’ako. It represents a bridge from Hawai’i’s culinary past and honors the gifts passed on by one generation to the next.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains. 

Same-Sex Marriage Applications Increase

Dec 23, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Health has received more than 580 same-sex marriage applications since the law was enacted three weeks ago.   One department official says he was surprised at that rate.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, marriage equality remains a controversial topic and change will not be overnight.   

What it Takes to Buy a Home in Hawaii

Dec 19, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Phase One of the 801 South Street project will provide more than 600 so-called affordable work force housing units when it’s completed in about two years.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the people who believe home ownership in Hawai’i is an impossible task should take the advice of others who purchased a unit at 801 and view it as an opportunity of a lifetime.

Affordable Rental Highrise in Kaka'ako Nears Completion

Dec 18, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

An affordable rental high-rise project in Kaka’ako is nearing completion.  A ground breaking ceremony was conducted in January and construction is 2-months ahead of schedule.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka got a preview of the building.

Wayne Yoshioka

Senator Daniel K. Inouye passed away unexpectedly one year ago today…after representing Hawai’i for more than five decades at our nation’s Capitol.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports many political leaders have fond memories of the state’s senior senator.

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Governor Neil Abercrombie submitted his administration’s supplemental spending plan for the next two fiscal years to the State legislature today.   Total spending equates to about 12 billion dollars each year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Department of Health Memorial for Loretta Fuddy

Dec 12, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

State Department of Health Director, Loretta Fuddy, died in a light plane crash off the island of Moloka’i Wednesday afternoon.  The single-engine Makani Kai commuter plane, with 9 passengers on board, crashed into the sea about a half-a-mile from the Kalaupapa Peninsula.   Director Fuddy and Deputy Director, Keith Yamamoto, were flying back to Honolulu following their annual visit to the former Leprosy Colony.  The Department of Health conducted a short memorial service for their Director along with other state officials and the Governor.   Fuddy’s niece, Kimberlee Rene Greer, thanked the

Hawaii Health Connector Update for State Lawmakers

Dec 12, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector, the web-based insurance exchange portal set up to implement the Affordable Care Act, failed to meet its October 1st start-up date.  The system required two more weeks of tweaking before becoming operational.   A joint House Committee received an update on the system today and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council attempted to have more of a say on how money from the sale of public rental housing is spent.  The Council approved the initial sale proposal more than two years ago but introduced measures to change or stop the sale.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 35 years old this year, is continuing on its course toward self-determination and self-governance for the state’s recognized indigenous people.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the annual “State of the OHA” for this update. 

State Lawmakers Vow to Protect Ni'ihau

Dec 9, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Privately owned Ni’ihau Island residents are asking state lawmakers to help curtail fishing along their shorelines because their principle source of food is being depleted by commercial fishermen from neighboring islands.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

Pearl Harbor Survivors Keep the Memories Alive

Dec 5, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of that “Day of Infamy” Sunday Morning.   A number of survivors have been in Honolulu for a couple of weeks volunteering and raising money.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

HCDA Approves Second 801 South Street Tower

Dec 4, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority approved construction of a second tower on the former Honolulu Advertiser lot on the corner of Kapi’olani Boulevard  and South Street.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there for the public hearing and decision making …   

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The Department of Health recorded 179  same-sex marriages today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the Marriage License Office on their first day of new business …  

Department of Health opens for same-sex marriage

Dec 2, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

December 02, 2013-SESS5

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.   

Young Lawmakers Form New Caucus

Nov 27, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Young Hawai’i lawmakers officially launched a bi-partisan effort today to form the next generation of legislative leadership to guide both the State and the City and County of Honolulu.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the group is the first of its kind in Hawai’i and is modeled after a national initiative.  

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Flickr / swanksalot

Two County Councils, Kaua’i and Hawaii, have enacted “right to know” legislation that require certain Genetically Modified Organism farmers to disclose pesticide use and the types of crops they grow.   Mayor Billy Kenoi is expected to make a decision on the Hawai’i County Council measure in a few days.  Meanwhile, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with the stake holders involved in this debate.  

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