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
4:17 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Lawmakers Briefed on Ebola Preparations

Health Association of Hawaii director of Emergency Services, Toby Clairmont (right), briefs joint Health Committee chairs, Rep. Della Au Belatti and Sen. Josh Green on Ebola preparedness.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers today convened a second Department of Health update on preparations for the Ebola Virus, should it strike Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Politics
2:11 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Super PACs Weigh in on Gubernatorial Race

Gubernatorial candidates, Democrat David Ige and Republican Duke Aiona, on Super Political Action Committee Ads.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The latest Hawai’i Campaign Spending Commission report is out.  And the leading candidates running for Governor are expressing mixed feelings about so-called Super Political Action Committees or PACs spending millions on local campaign ads.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
4:54 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Congressional District One Race in Final Push

Congressional District One GOP candidate Charles Djou (left) and Democrat Mark Takai.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s Congressional District One race is too close to call, according to the latest polls.   And the two front-runners are in full campaign swing with the General Election one week away.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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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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Politics
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
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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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