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
4:43 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Part II: The House "Freshman Class" Lessons Learned

(L-R) Representatives Sam Satoru Kong, Feki Po'uha, Adrian Tupola, Jarrett Keohokalole, Joy San Buenaventura, and Matt Lopresti
Credit William Nhieu, House Majority Communications Office

There are two new Republicans in the State House of Representatives this session.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with them and the 4 other Democrats who belong to the so-called “Freshman Class.”

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Politics
4:36 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Part I: The House "Freshman Class" Priorities

(L-R) Representatives Sam Satoru Kong, Feki Pouha, Andria Tupola, Jarrett Keohokalole, Joy San Buenaventura and Mathew Lopresti.
Credit William Nhieu, House Majority Communications Office

There are six new members serving their first term in the State House of Representatives.   They are referred to as the “Freshman Class.”  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with them and files this report.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Makua Military Reservation Federal Court Case Update

(L-R) William Aila, Hui Malama O Makua and Earthjustice attorney, David Henkin, who represents Malama Makua, have been involved in the effort to return the Army's Makua Military Reservation to the people
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Army in Hawai’i is in the midst of completing another environmental study related to Makua Valley, the military’s live-fire range on O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Pesticide Bill Held in House Agriculture Committee

(L-R) Joni Kamiya holds 8-week-old Connor Rose before testifying in opposition of pesticide regulation. Deborah Mader holds Milani Hana, 10-months, and was waiting to testify in support of pesticide legislation.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

More than 700 people, many traveling from the neighbor islands, submitted testimony on a House bill to regulate pesticide use by large commercial agriculture companies.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Honolulu City Council Advances Waikiki Special District Bills

Linda Wong, a Kaimana Beach area resident, testifies before the Honolulu City Council.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is considering two bills to provide funding to maintain Waikiki Beach.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, not all the residents support the idea. 

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

PUC Nomination Moves Forward

PUC chairman nominee, Randy Iwase, shares a light moment before the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor’s nominee to head the Public Utilities Commission was unanimously approved by a Senate panel today.  And as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the nominee also indicated how he intends to handle the sale of Hawai’i’s major electrical utility.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Governor Meets With Media

Governor David Ige met with the news media today for the second time since taking office 74 days ago.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor met with the news media today for the second time since taking office 74 days ago.   He provided an update and addressed a wide range of issues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

House Health Committee Advances Bill for Autism Coverage

Luke Pinnow, age 14, and his mother, Jeri, testified before the House Health Committee
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

There are two bills advancing in the state legislature that would require health insurance providers to cover treatments for autism. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

E-Cigarettes Targeted by Lawmakers

Electronic Smoking Devices Targeted by Lawmakers
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A number of bills are advancing in the legislature that would outlaw the sale of electronic smoking devices and liquids to minors under the age of 21.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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4:22 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Lawmakers Want Public Hearings for HECO Sale

NextEra president Eric Gleason (left at table) and Hawaiian Electric Company president & CEO Alan Oshima testify before the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers want to strengthen the rules for approving the planned sale of Hawai’i’s major electrical utility.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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