Wayne Yoshioka

Political Reporter

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

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Wayne Yoshioka

Eight-point-three million visitors spent nearly 15 billion dollars in Hawai’i last year, a third straight record year in tourism.  Those numbers are expected to be topped in 2015 as the Hawai’i Tourism Authority hosts its annual conference.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Institute for Human Services continues its outreach effort to find homes for those living on the streets in Waikiki.   The I-H-S counselors have an ally there.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Public Utilities Commission will be conducting public listening sessions next month on the proposed merger of Hawai’i’s major electricity provider.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports the issues are evolving rapidly and state leaders are weighing in.

Wayne Yoshioka

The developer of a luxury condominium on the corner of Kapi’olani Boulevard and Ward Avenue is awaiting a crucial and, potentially costly, regulatory decision next month by the State.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

State Lawmakers were briefed today on the latest tax collection modernization effort started more than 15 years ago.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu discussed its homeless action plan for Kaka’ako today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor’s Leadership Team on Homelessness met again today to go over the data collected by social service agencies on the homeless encampment at Kaka’ako.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

Some merchants in Chinatown want to increase business by serving alcohol in public places.   But a number of residents strongly opposed the measure and it appears the Honolulu City Council is on their side.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

More than half of O’ahu’s single unsheltered homeless live in the urban core according to January’s point-in-time count.   There are also an unspecified number who are not counted by social service providers and are the undocumented homeless.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu real estate prices continue to climb, achieving sales volume equal to peak levels experienced a decade ago.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s still a pretty good time to buy for those who can afford it.

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