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Wayne Yoshioka

The state is moving ahead with its plan to replace O’ahu’s aging jail for pre-trial detainees and those will less than a year sentence.

NOAA National Weather Service

The state was spared from distructive force winds as Hurricane Lane passed by the islands.  But, public utility and city leaders aren’t waiting for another close call.

Waikiki Hotels Prepare for Hurricane Lane

Aug 25, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Tourists in Waikiki are weathering the storm as Hurricane Lane moves closer to O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

There are an estimated 70-80-thousand tourists in Waikiki on any given day.  Elaine D’Sa from San Francisco is sitting on the beach under cloudy skies and a slight drizzle, looking out at a choppy ocean.

NOAA National Weather Service

The effects of Hurricane Lane are being felt on the Big Island and has prompted State and County leaders to take immediate action.

State and Counties Brace for Hurricane Lane

Aug 21, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The State and Counties are preparing for Hurricane Lane, which is moving toward the island chain.

Wayne Yoshioka

Running for Elected Office in Hawai’i is a daunting endeavor for many first-time candidates. But, win or lose, there are many lessons to be learned.

Wayne Yoshioka

A Constitutional Amendment question on public education funding will be on the General Election Ballot. In his second report on this issue, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides the teacher’s union perspective.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is expected to submit a Constitutional Amendment question next week for placement on the General Election ballot.

Democrats Gear Up for General Election, Nov 6th

Aug 13, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Democratic Party had its Unity Breakfast yesterday following hard-fought Primary Election races for the state’s top two jobs.

Wayne Yoshioka

Precinct voting sites are due to open Saturday and the Democratic contenders for Governor are making their final push to the finish line.

Wayne Yoshioka

2018 marks the re-emergence of the women’s movement for social and economic justice. In Hawai’i, that conversation is making its way across traditional generational and political lines.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has made it through two election cycles without facing any of her challengers in a public debate or forum.

Wayne Yoshioka

An Independent Political Action Committee is financing a negative campaign against an incumbent Honolulu City Councilwoman.

Super PAC Spending Revealed

Aug 2, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

More than 8.5 million dollars has been spent so far in primary election races for the top two state executive offices.

Star Advertiser Career Fair Draws Jobseekers

Aug 1, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Star Advertiser Career Expo drew hundreds of job seekers today at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

2018 Election Coverage

Aug 1, 2018
Nick Yee/HPR

What you will find on this page is a compilation of reports and segments discussing Hawaiʻi's political landscape, voting, and the upcoming elections.

Gubernatorial Campaign Stop: Obon Festivals

Jul 31, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The two Democratic candidates for Hawai’i Governor are working hard to secure their base – Americans of Japanese Ancestry or AJAs.

Early Walk-In Voting Starts Across Hawai'i

Jul 30, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Early walk-in voting started today at sites across the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the Honolulu site and filed this report.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Conservation Alliance hosted a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on the Environment today. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is advancing a bill to prevent large commercial vehicles from clogging narrow residential streets.

Kahauiki Village Daycare and Preschool Blessed

Jul 24, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

An on-site children’s facility was blessed today at a plantation-style affordable housing village near Sand Island.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i Public Radio hosted a Congressional District One Candidate Forum Sunday Night and asked a political analyst to evaluate the race.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state and a private developer re-dedicated a 46-year old apartment building in Waipahu today.

Wayne Yoshioka

Military service members and their families make up more than 10 percent of the Hawai’i’s population and the state wants to hire those leaving the military to fill critical shortage jobs.

Some Millennials Choose Homeownership

Jul 17, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Many young adults in Hawai’i’s Millennial Generation, ages 22 to 37, are living at home with their parents or leaving for the mainland to buy a home.  But there are some Millennials who have figured it out.

Unused Medication Drop-Boxes Installed Statewide

Jul 16, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

State, County and Federal law enforcement agencies are stepping up their fight against opioid-related deaths in Hawai’i.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu has hosted more than its share of political candidate forums since January. And, possibly out of election-year fatigue, it focused on a different topic today. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Primary Election in Hawai’i is one month away and the state elections office is trying its best to increase voter registration.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s six operating retail Medical Cannabis Dispensaries are now selling products that function like inhalers or nebulizers.  These products vaporize the cannabis oils and are available to the more than 21-thousand registered patients statewide.  The State Department of Health is also in the process of implementing new rules and computer technologies to reduce the current 25-day application and approval wait-times.  Peter Whitaker is Chief of the Harm Reduction Branch.

196th Infantry Brigade Honors Vietnam Veterans

Jul 2, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

During the Vietnam War, thousands of soldiers returning home received their combat awards in the mail. That practice has been discontinued and was corrected for 10 soldiers last week.

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