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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Politics
4:39 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Artspace Affordable Rentals in Kaka'ako

Oli Ka 'Ilima Artspace Loft
Credit Urban Works, LLC

A new construction project in Kaka’ako was unveiled today.  It’s one-fourth the height of a high-rise and targets individuals who earn 20-thousand dollars annually.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Hawai'i Early Intervention Program Helps Thousands of Disabled Children

Miles, Max and Julianne Walsh.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The state’s Early Intervention Program helps more than 2-thousand disabled children up to age 3.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, proponents want to reinstate the program to include all children who need help.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

City Dedicates New District Park in Ewa

The City (Mayor Kirk Caldwell in green shirt) dedicated the new district park in Ewa.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu is projecting the Leeward Coast to grow by more than 200-thousand people in the future.  Today, the City dedicated a new district park financed by a major developer.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Affordable Housing Focus of 2014 Summit

The Symphony Luxury Condominium on Ward Avenue and Kapi'olani Boulevard.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Land Use Research Foundation convened its 2014 Housing Summit today.  The goal is to develop policies and strategies to build more affordable rental and for sale units throughout the state.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports…

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Politics
2:25 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Maui GMO: Part III

Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Federal District Court in Hawai’i struck down Kaua’i and Hawai’i County ordinances that sought to restrict cultivation of genetically engineered crops.  Both cases are being appealed.  In his final report on the Maui GMO debate, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asked residents what actions can be taken beyond the Courts.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Maui GMO Part II

Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Federal District Court in Hawai’i will decide if the Maui County ballot initiative on Genetically Engineered Crops is legal.   In his ongoing series, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asked Maui residents on both sides what actions can be taken to resolve this issue.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Maui GMO: Part I

Maui GMO issue
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A federal judge is scheduled to rule as early as Friday on the legality of a Maui County ballot initiative that calls for a moratorium on Genetically Engineered Crops.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the Valley Isle and files the first in a series of reports on the issue.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Governor Ige Sworn Into Office

(Clockwise from top left) Governor David Ige and wife, Dawn, accompanied by a security guard lead an Okinawan Blessing of the Executive Office; Governor Ige is administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald; Governor Ige conducts his first news conference.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s new Governor was sworn-in today at the State Capitol.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it was an inauguration highlighted with a number of firsts.  

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Politics
5:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Red Hill Fuel Storage Task Force Working on Legislative Report

Navy Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility on O'ahu
Credit Department of Health

The State Department of Health is leading a study on the 27-thousand gallon fuel leak at the Navy’s Red Hill underground storage facility in January.  A task force subgroup is developing a report to the state legislature due next month.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

State Agency Approves Two More High Rise Towers in Kaka'ako

View of one acre park separating Ward Village Gateway project high rise towers
Credit Howard Hughes Corporation

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority met one last time before the new Governor takes office and approved the development of two high rise towers in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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