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Callout to all 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment Families

May 29, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

A dedicated Army veteran is taking on a new mission to help the families of those he served with 74 years ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Bill 30: Buy Rail "Remnant" Properties

May 24, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is scheduled to start construction on the final city center segment through downtown Honolulu next year. But, Honolulu Councilmembers are still grappling with what to do with private property acquisitions. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

NWS Hurricane Outlook: Higher Than Normal

May 23, 2018
NOAA National Weather Service

Hurricane Season in Hawai’i officially starts next month and forecasters are expecting above normal activity. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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More than 1,200 military and civilian attendees from 26 countries are in Waikiki this week for a 3-day conference. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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A key Domestic Violence bill failed to pass in the State Legislature this session and supporters want to know why. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

HVCA Panel: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

May 17, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Venture Capital Association hosted a panel discussion on electronic currency today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

State Unveils Plans for New State Hospital

May 16, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Plans for the construction of a new Hawai’i State Hospital facility were unveiled today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu City Council conducted a special budget committee meeting on the executive branch financial plan today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation – HART – wants to partner with private businesses to complete and sustain the city’s rail system. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The 2018 Point in Time Count released Monday indicated a nearly 10 percent drop in homelessness on O’ahu. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, those who continue to live on the streets are in a very difficult place. 

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The Honolulu City Council is considering a measure to regulate ridesharing companies. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The City and County of Honolulu showcased its latest affordable housing purchase today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State’s Homeless Point-in-Time Count indicated an overall decrease for a second consecutive year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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The state legislature has only one day left to settle House and Senate differences on all money-related bills for final passage next week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka is following one measure that has broad-based community support.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Trump v. Hawaii

Apr 25, 2018
Franz Jantzen / Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Hawai’i’s challenge to President Trump’s latest travel ban. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

Electricity Ratepayer Protection Act Signed Into Law

Apr 24, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

A new law was signed today that will drive public electric companies in Hawai’i to consider their customers first. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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A bill to create restricted pesticide-free buffer zones around Hawai’i schools is currently stalled at the legislature. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu City Council is attempting to close loopholes in some of the city’s ordinances. And, they’re targeting sidewalk vendors and golfers. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Local efforts to mandate more timely upgrades for the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility on O’ahu failed in the Legislature this session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State Budget is in a joint conference committee this week to work out Senate and House differences.  One state agency has been on the short end of the appropriations stick for decades.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   




House Targets Illegal, Unlicensed Care Homes

Apr 11, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The House Health and Human Services Committee is trying to pass a bill to put illegal care homes out of business. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Legislature Heading to Last 14 Days of Session

Apr 10, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Hundreds of bills at the State Legislature passed critical floor votes in the House and Senate today.  But the work is far from over as lawmakers head into the last 14 days of the 2018 session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

"Death with Dignity" Signed Into Law

Apr 5, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The “Death with Dignity” legislation was signed into law in Hawai’i today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State lawmakers are on the verge of passing legislation for paid family leave in Hawai’i. If passed by the House and Senate, the governor is expected to sign the measure into law. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on what it could mean for Hawai’i workers.

Hawai’i’s hotel industry hosted an emergency preparedness workshop today as a follow-up to the state’s false missile alert earlier this year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Job Expo 2018: Workers Wanted!

Mar 28, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

More than 150 employers were on hand today for this year’s Star-Advertiser Career Expo.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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The latest proposal to increase affordable housing on O’ahu advanced today at the Honolulu City Council. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HART: "We don't need $44M from Mayor Caldwell"

Mar 27, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee reviewed the Mayor’s nearly 3.5 billion dollar operating and construction budget for 2019 today.  One request from the Mayor was for $44-million in financing for the Honolulu Rail Transit project.  Budget Committee chair, Trevor Ozawa, asked HART chief financial officer, Robert Yu, if the funding was required.

Some Local Labor Unions Up For Uncertain Year Ahead

Mar 26, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Some of Hawai’i’s major labor unions are gearing up for a tough year ahead. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

OHA: No Decision on CEO Contract

Mar 22, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees met today in closed session to deliberate about the future of their only employee. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.