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
5:42 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
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

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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Politics
4:57 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Kahala Business Association Hosts City Council Candidates

Honolulu City Council District IV candidates, Trevor Ozawa (left) and Tommy Waters.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu City Council District Four is home to some of the richest residents in the state.   Stretching from Hawai’i Kai to Waikiki, the district has the highest property values on O’ahu.  The Kahala Business Association hosted the two candidates running to represent the area.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Preview for Hawaii Public Radio Gubernatorial Forum, Sept. 22

(L-R) Mufi Hannemann, Duke Aiona, Jeff Davis and David Ige prepare to address the West O'ahu Economic Development Association Gubernatorial Forum, August 26, 2014.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The candidates running for Governor will be appearing in a number of political forums in the coming weeks.  Their first state-wide radio and television appearance will be September 22nd.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka, has this preview.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Honolulu Rail Transit update

Cliff Garcia operates a family-owned business on Queen Street in Kaka'ako. He says HART is favoring large land owners like the Howard Hughes Corporation.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Construction of Honolulu’s 5.2 billion dollar Rail Transit System is moving toward the urban center at a steady pace.  The focus of the City Council’s Budget Committee yesterday was on the project’s impact on Kaka’ako businesses.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

State Conducts Housing First Training

Mark Marlowe, age 52, has lived on this Waikiki sidewalk for 5 years. He faces the possibility of having his left leg amputated.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness brought trainers in from New York to help with the state-wide implementation of Housing First.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with the consultants and visited a homeless acquaintance in Waikiki ….

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Politics
3:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit Convenes

HCEI
Credit Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit convened today in Honolulu.  Attendees are learning about the latest innovations that will transform electrical power generation and usage in Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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Politics
11:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part V

(Clockwise starting at top left) Army veteran Wally Camp; retired Army veteran John Shepard; VA-Hawaii director, Wayne Pfeffer; former VA nurse practitioner, Elizabeth Bush; Kona Clinic chief medical officer, Dr. Bruce Nelson.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A 16-billion dollar appropriation was signed by the President last month to fix the Veterans Administration’s primary care system.  In the last part of our series, “Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asks those familiar with the VA Kona Clinic, “Can the system of care be fixed?”

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Politics
2:06 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part IV

(Clockwise from top left) The boots of Corporal Mike from Ocean View; retired Army veteran John Shepard showing 5 of his 20 pill bottles; Dr. Bruce Nelson, Kona Clinic chief medical officer; VA-Hawaii director Wayne Pfeffer; Army veteran Wally Camp
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The VA clinic in Kona is a chronic disease management facility.  In the next installment in our series, “Through the eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some veterans say the VA clinic is nothing more than a pill dispensary …

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