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
5:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

A Legal Perspective on GMO Crops

Attorneys Mauna Kea Trask, Paul Alston and Margaret Wille discussed Genetically Engineered plants and crops from a legal perspective.
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Genetically Modified or Engineered crops will be a hot topic at the Legislature this session.  And lawmakers could learn from a Hawai’i State Bar Association forum that looked at the issue from a purely legal standpoint.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:43 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

State Legislature Starts 2015 Session

Top: Senate president Donna Mercado Kim addresses colleagues; Bottom: House Speaker Joe Souki delivers his opening day speech.
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The State Legislature officially opened its 2015 session today.   Common themes of restoring public confidence in government and no new taxes were emphasized in both chambers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Medical Marijuana Legislation to be Introduced during Legislative Session

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Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawai’i since 2000.  But many patients cannot grow or legally obtain marijuana for their own use.  This could change this legislative session.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

UH Budget Request $75M Higher for Biennium

UH President David Lassner, outlined the biennium budget for the 10 campuses statewide.
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The University of Hawai’i presented its two-year budget request to a joint legislative finance committee today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Neighbor Island Hospitals Need $200 Million

(L-R) Ways and Means (WAM) Committee vice chair, Sen. Ron Kouchi, WAM chair, Sen. Jill Tokuda, House Finance Committee Chair Sylvia Luke and vice chair, Scott Nishimoto, hear budget testimony at the State Capitol Auditorium.
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The Joint Legislative Money Committees are continuing to review budget requests from state departments and agencies this week.   Today, lawmakers heard from the corporation responsible for operating neighbor island healthcare facilities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Legislators Focus on Resourcing Hawai'i Invasive Species Council

State Department of Agriculture display of Brown Tree Snake sample
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A Joint House and Senate Environmental Committee focused on the resources needed to manage the growing threat of invasive species in Hawai’i.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Politics
2:05 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Economic Justice Measures for the Poor Head to Legislature

Economic Justice Measures Head to Legislature
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The Legislative Session convenes next week and Social Advocacy Groups will be supporting bills that provide economic justice for the poor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Twentysomething O'ahu Couple Chooses to Buy Not Rent

Dane Quitevis and Shere'e Young with their dog, Dewey
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Not too many young couples in their 20s list buying a place to live as their top priority.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one couple proved it’s not that easy but it is possible. 

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Politics
2:36 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Homeownership In Honolulu is Possible

Dennis Oshiro, Hawai'i Homeownership Center executive director; Rachael Willis, senior loan officer; Real Estate Broker Abe Lee.
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Buying your own place is not out of reach for many O’ahu residents, despite rising real estate prices.   In the first of a series of reports, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka takes us down the road to buying a home.

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Politics
4:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Governor Says Budget Will Change

Governor David Ige unveiled his first 2015-2017 Biennium Budget.
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The Governor delivered the first draft of his 2015-2017 Biennium Budget today to the state Legislature as required by law.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, that first draft will likely change.  

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