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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.     

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.