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Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is also resurrecting legislation to address long-standing community issues.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approved Bill 6, which would ban the use of mobile kiosks in Waikiki.   The measure has been held in committee since April.  But, Jim Fulton, from the Waikiki Improvement Association, supports the measure because many operators don’t follow the rules,

Congressional District One: Republican Cam Cavasso

Oct 16, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Republican Candidate for the Congressional District One seat, representing urban Honolulu, is a veteran politician. 

CD-1: Democrat Ed Case on the Campaign Trail

Oct 15, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Two veteran politicians are vying for the Congressional District One seat to represent urban Honolulu. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka profiles the Democratic candidate.

OHA Trustees Discuss Personal Allowances

Oct 11, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees suspended personal allowances for members last year. But the Board is contemplating taking action to resolve this matter.

Wayne Yoshioka

The 4th annual Future Focus Conference on technologies and innovation is underway in Honolulu. The highlight was educating tomorrow’s workforce.

UH Manoa Re-launches Oral History Center

Oct 9, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa is re-launching its Oral History Center.

Wayne Yoshioka

2,700 Marriott Hotel workers went on strike this morning in Waikiki and Maui.  Unite Here Local 5 union representatives asked for a three dollar raise and hotel negotiators countered with 30 cents.

Hawai'i Tourism Authority: Chasing Chinese Millennials

Oct 7, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The 2018 Global Tourism Summit last week focused on attracting more affluent travelers who tend to stay longer and spend more.

Wayne Yoshioka

The 2018 Global Tourism Summit opened today with a very special luncheon guest.

Wayne Yoshioka

The City is reviving a proposal to build a bridge to connect McCully and Mo’ili’ili to Waikiki.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is gearing up to clamp down on Monster Homes and Illegal Vacation Rentals.

Wayne Yoshioka

Only one in three races for the Hawai’i State Senate and House of Representatives are being contested by Republicans.

Bethany Lee

The City and County of Honolulu is considering ways to develop partnerships to refurbish and maintain the iconic Koko Head Trail.

Update on State's Homelessness Plans

Sep 17, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness conducted its quarterly meeting today and provided updated plans.

Are You Covered By Hurricane or Flood Insurance?

Sep 11, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Tropical Storm Olivia is weakening but Hawai’i homeowners should be aware of what their insurance policies cover.

Tropical Storm Olivia Continues to Weaken

Sep 10, 2018

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect as Olivia advances toward the islands.

Save for Health Care Expenses in Retirement

Sep 6, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Baby Boomers are celebrating their 65th birthdays at a rate of 8-10-thousand each day.  And many aren’t prepared for health care expenses.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Amid all the high-rise developments in Kaka’ako, one property owner has decided to turn the clock back 90 years. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   




The Dearborn Chemical Company Warehouse was built in 1928 on Ward Avenue, between Waimanu and Kawai’ahao Streets. 

Dearborn 535 LLC is requesting a building permit to spend $5 million to restore the property to its original 1928 configuration.  Jenna Wells is Dearborn’s executive director.


Wayne Yoshioka

An ongoing dispute over the use of state-owned beachfront land in Kahala is heading to the Board of Land and Natural Resources next week.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Governor Praises FEMA Support During Disasters

Aug 31, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Federal agency leaders were briefed today on relief efforts in the state during 4 months of devastating natural disasters. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   





U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, who also heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says FEMA coordinators were already in Hawai’i assisting during the volcanic eruption on the Big Island, the April flood on Kaua’i and O’ahu, and ramped up operations when Hurricane Lane threatened the islands August 22nd.


Honolulu City Council: Ride Sharing Technology

Aug 29, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is attempting to get ahead of rapidly evolving transportation technology.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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.