Political news

Human Error Caused Ballistic Missile False Alarm

Jan 14, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige confirmed Saturday during a news conference that the emergency alert system warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack on Hawai’i was due to human error.  He said the system operator clicked “actual” instead of “test” and triggered a statewide warning.   The Governor also confirmed it took 38 minutes to issue a cancellation notice because it had to be done manually.

Wayne Yoshioka

January is National Slavery and Human Tracking Prevention Month. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the homeless in Hawai’i are especially vulnerable.  

Sharecare: The Future of Healthcare in Hawai'i

Jan 10, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i is leading the way in digital health and other ways to cut costs. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawai'i Gubernatorial Candidates Up to the Challenges

Jan 9, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The race for Hawai’i Governor is heating up as the Democratic candidates develop their campaign strategies. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Heating Up: Hanabusa vs Ige in Governor's Race

Jan 8, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s Senior Congressional Representative officially announced her candidacy for Governor today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Chamber of Commerce Hawai'i Seminar: Tax Tips

Dec 21, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

There are 10 days left before the end of the tax year.  The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a seminar with some tax advice for businesses. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Honolulu City Council: Rail Beyond Ala Moana?

Dec 20, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The 9.5 billion dollar Honolulu Rail Transit Project is awaiting award of a contract to complete the line to Ala Moana Center. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, City lawmakers are looking beyond Ala Moana.

Wayne Yoshioka

The first flight from Singapore through Osaka landed in Honolulu today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Governor's Supplemental Budget Request: $85.5M

Dec 18, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige submitted his 2019 Supplemental Budget to the Legislature today.  He is requesting additional funding for construction projects for education, housing and improvements to correctional facilities.

Wayne Yoshioka

Emergency medical care for Honolulu’s homeless cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.  Now, there’s a possible solution. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Senator Chang: Need a Youth Commission

Dec 14, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one elected official wants to change that.

O'ahu North Shore: Short Term Vacation Rentals

Dec 13, 2017
Best of O'ahu

The state and counties are trying to resolve illegal vacation rentals in residential areas but it’s a complicated issue throughout the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

DBEDT Helps Local Companies Export Products

Dec 12, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

There are more than 120-thousand small businesses in Hawai’i and the state is ready to help owners grow their business. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Public Health Institute is focusing on childhood obesity prevention in the upcoming legislative session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Trade "Clusters" and Hawai'i's Economy

Dec 7, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Economic Associated hosted a discussion of new research to better understand Hawai’i’s economy. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor moved swiftly today to get the state’s tax system modernization project back on track.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

A Honolulu City Council Committee cleared the way for a major construction project for the Hawai’i State Hospital today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

Social Service Organizations are gearing up for the 2018 State Legislative Session.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HVCA Panel: 5G and Fiberoptic Broadband Top Priorities

Dec 1, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Venture Capital Association hosted a panel discussion future legislation and funding. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Brewbaker on Affordable Housing: No Cranes on Beretania

Nov 29, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu needs 2,600 housing units built each year to keep up with population growth. But, building housing that’s affordable is not that easy. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Climate Change and what can and should be done about it. That was the focus of a round-table discussion hosted by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa last week. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Nuclear Attack Warning Siren Previewed

Nov 29, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan today.  At the same time, Hawai’i’s Governor provided a preview of the state’s warning siren in the event of a nuclear attack. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Climate Change Roundtable Discussion Conducted

Nov 27, 2017

A roundtable discussion on Climate Change was hosted last week by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Kahauiki Plantation-Style Village: Jobs First

Nov 21, 2017
aio Foundation

Hawai’i’s first public-private rental housing project for homeless families should be completed in 2 months.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, a number of social service providers support the project.

Wayne Yoshioka

The first phase of a permanent rental housing project for homeless families on O’ahu is less than 2 months from completion. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the site and has this update.

Hawaiian Airlines in Transition

Nov 17, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawaiian Airlines introduced its new mid-range aircraft for West Coast mainland flights today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Governor: State Hospital Escape Unacceptable

Nov 15, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i State Hospital patient Randall Saito was captured and is being held in California.  The Governor called a news conference to announce steps taken by the administration. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

BIA Housing Summit: "Still Houseless in Hawai'i"

Nov 14, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Building Industry Association of Hawai’i sponsored its 3rd Summit titled, “Still Houseless in Hawai’i.” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Hawai'i Employee Retirement System (ERS) Up $3B

Nov 13, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s public employee retirement fund started off this year deep in the red with a substantial funding deficit.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has an update. 

OCCC Relocation: $525M

Nov 8, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The state reached a major decision-point in its plan to replace the outdated O’ahu Community Correctional Center. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.