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
4:33 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Laughtenberg Amendment for Domestic Violence Highlighted

(L-R) David Drews, Catholic Charities; Jamie Ford, Kaiser Permanente; Al Miles, Queens Medical Center; Jerris Hedges, Honorary Chair and Dean of JABSOM; Peter Mattoon, Catholic Charities.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The 20th Annual Men’s March Against Domestic Violence was conducted around the State Capitol today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and reports on a law that is not well known in the community and applies to those assigned to protect us.    

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4:25 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

State Health Officials Brief Lawmakers on Ebola Virus Preparations

Dr. Linda Rosen, Director of the Department of Health and Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist, briefed members of the House and Senate Health Committees.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers were briefed today on where health agencies and medical facilities are in preparing for infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

State Senate District 12 Race Focuses on Development

State Senate District 12 Democratic incumbent, Brickwood Galuteria (left), is being challenged by Republican Chris Lethem.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Early Walk-In Voting starts tomorrow in Honolulu and   incumbent legislators who won their Primary Election challenges are expected to win re-election.  But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one contest has been heated from the start.    

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Politics
3:59 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Senator Hirono Conducts Hearing on Military Domestic Violence

(Top Photo) Senator Mazie Hirono presided over the hearing. (Bottom Photo) Nanci Kriedman, CEO of the Domestic Violence Center and Marci Lopes. executive director of the Hawai'i State Coalition Against Domestic Violence testified.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A U.S. Senate Committee hearing was convened today to focus on domestic violence involving the military stationed in Hawai’i.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Transit Oriented Development Pushes For Affordable Rentals

Transit Oriented Development
Credit HART

The City and County of Honolulu has a new housing strategy that focuses on building more affordable rental units for residents around rail transit stations.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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Politics
11:49 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Honolulu TOD Plans Up for Public Comment

Honolulu TOD Plans
Credit HART

Honolulu’s Rail Transit system is scheduled to begin operating in three years. City officials are currently working on development and zoning plans for land along the transit route. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawmakers Probe HPD's Handling of Domestic Violence Cases

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A Joint Legislative Committee on Public Safety convened an informational briefing today on the Honolulu Police Department’s response to domestic violence cases. Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women executive director, Cathy Betts, receives calls daily from domestic violence victims complaining about how police officers handle their cases.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Constitutional Amendment Polarizing Education Community

(Clockwise from top left) Good Beginnings Alliance, Hawaii State Teachers Association and Early Education Center, Seagull Schools
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One of this year’s constitutional amendment ballot questions asks voters if public funds should be used for private early childhood education programs.  The issue has polarized leaders in the education community and a compromise doesn’t appear to be an option.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Honolulu Mayor Signs Ban on Plastic Store Bags

Mayor Kirk Caldwell signs plastic shopping bag ban into law
Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu moved one step closer to an outright ban on all plastic shopping bags today.   A bill was signed into law at Ala Moana Beach Park and will strengthen the plastic ban when it’s implemented next year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Tournament's Fresh Catch Goes to Feeding Homeless

Credit IHS

The Third Annual Fishing Tournament for Hawai’i’s Hungry was conducted over the weekend. Today, the fish was cleaned and prepared for Institute for Human Services homeless shelter clients and guests. Volunteer Chef Eddie Mafnas supervised the cooking. 

More than 1,200 pounds of fish was caught in waters off the north shore of O’ahu during the two-day tournament.

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