Political news

Patsy T. Mink Monument Dedicated On Her Birthday

Dec 6, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

 A statue of Hawai’i’s former Congresswoman Patsy Mink was dedicated today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council failed to override the Mayor’s Veto of an important fire sprinkler bill.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hale Kipa, a state-wide nonprofit youth services organization, achieved a decade-long goal today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Inauguration Ceremony for the state’s top chief executives was conducted today.

Honolulu City Council: "No" to Franken Poles

Nov 29, 2018
AT&T presentation

The Honolulu City Council is putting the brakes on a proposal to improve cellphone coverage and generate millions in non-taxpayer revenue.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council passed Bill 64 two weeks ago to speed up the permitting process for residential homes. Today, the Mayor announced his own plan.

Scot Shimamura

Car racing proponents and leeward coast residents lobbied the Honolulu City Council today.

New Tax System: Targets Cash Economy

Nov 26, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The State crossed a major milestone this month in its effort to improve tax collections and investigate fraud.

Wayne Yoshioka

It's day 45 for 2,700 hotel workers on strike in Hawai’i.

Kahului 2070: Maui's Metropolitan/TOD Plan

Nov 20, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu isn’t the only island where transit oriented development is being considered for the future.

Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu unveiled what it calls the biggest homeless hygiene center in the nation today.

Harm Reduction Hawai'i


Community advocates and sex workers in Hawai’i are mobilizing to be heard at the State Legislature next session.

Skyline Ala Moana: FAA Can Limit Building Heights

Nov 14, 2018
Avalon Group, LLC

The Honolulu City Council today approved a conceptual plan for the tallest high-rise project in the urban core.

More Funding for Public Education?

Nov 13, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Funding for public education will be a key issue again for legislators next year.  But first, the debate should focus on how the public school system can do a better job with the money they currently receive. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Supreme Court invalidated the Constitutional Amendment question for public education funding on the Nov 6th General Election ballot.  But, 85 percent of voters made choices, anyway. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a Transportation Summit today focusing on fossil fuel consumption for ground transportation.

Wayne Yoshioka

The 2018 General Election delivered huge wins for Democrats on the top of the party ticket.

General Election Day Precinct Voters

Nov 6, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Precinct voting in Hawai’i is scheduled to end at 6 this evening or until the last eligible person in line casts his or her ballot.  HPR visited a few polling sites in East Honolulu this morning to see how the races for Governor and the Honolulu City Council District 4 race between Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters were shaping up.


Midterm Election Guide

Nov 5, 2018
Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday’s Midterm Election.

Hawai'i General Election: 180K Votes Already Cast

Nov 5, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Precinct voting for the General Election in Hawai’i kicks off at 7 AM tomorrow.

Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility Update

Nov 1, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Navy provided an update on its underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill today.

Wayne Yoshioka

Leaders from 3 homeless encampments came together at the Honolulu Museum of Art to discuss their futures.

Hawai'i Department of Health

E-Cigarette use among Hawai’i’s youth is double the national average and the Hawai’i Public Health Institute conducted it’s first-ever full-day conference to address the epidemic.

State House District 40 Race: McDermott Claims Victory

Oct 29, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

It’s one week before the November 6th General Election and candidates are down to the home stretch.

Wayne Yoshioka

Sexual harassment and sexual assault have been in the headlines recently and the Rotary Club of Honolulu featured a local expert to provide some insight and guidance.

PHS Yearbook

Governor David Ige’s nominee for the Intermediate Court of Appeals faced members of the Senate today.

Early Walk-In Voting Starts Statewide

Oct 23, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Early Walk-In Voting started today across the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the Honolulu Polling Site at City Hall.   

State Leaders Will Look for More Public School Funding

Oct 22, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

State leaders, educators and community supporters came out today to call for additional funding for public education.  This, in light of the Supreme Court ruling Friday to invalidate a constitutional amendment for that purpose.

Wayne Yoshioka

2,700 hotel workers in Waikiki and Maui continue to picket on the15th day of their strike for better wages and job security.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Supreme heard oral arguments today on the Constitutional Amendment to support public education.