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
2:11 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Self-Proclaimed Political "Underdog"

Kawika Crowley, Congressional District Two candidate
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Political upsets are rare in Hawai’i and incumbent candidates, especially at the Congressional level, don’t usually lose to lesser- known challengers.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, that’s not enough to discourage those willing to go against the odds.    

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1:37 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The Millenials in Hawai'i Politics

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, age 33, is from the Millenial Generation
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

They are the children of Baby Boomers and the next generation of political leaders in Hawai’i.   They have the potential of being a powerful political force in the state if they get involved, run for office and vote.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this report.     

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Politics
3:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Top Money-raisers for Congressional District One Race Push for Victory

Representative Mark Takai campaigning at Lanakila Community Center.
Wayne Yoshioka

The Congressional District One race has 7 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination.   The top three campaign money-raisers in the last month before the Primary Election are making a final push for victory on August 9th.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Politics
4:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Early Walk-in Voting Starts on Oahu

Stanley Maka was the first in line for early walk-in voting.
Wayne Yoshioka

Walk-in Absentee and Early Voting started today at two sites on Oahu.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

No Debates for Lieutenant Governor Race

Senator Clayton Hee (with lei) and supporters
Wayne Yoshioka

The Lieutenant Governor’s race has been low key.  The candidates have not participated in any joint appearance or forum and it appears unlikely they will meet prior to the August 9 Primary Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
4:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Representative Calvin Say's Residency Challenge Update

House Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say sign-waving in Palolo
Wayne Yoshioka

Twenty-Eight incumbent State House Democrats are running unopposed in the Primary Election and will automatically advance to the General Election, November 4th.  But one of them, former House Speaker Calvin Say, is being challenged in Court to prove his residency in his House District.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

No Political Polls Before the Primary Election?

Becki Ward, president, Ward Research and freelance writer, Jerry Burris
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

There are less than 20 days left before the Primary Election, August 9th, and there are no polls to provide a point-in-time look at how political candidates are doing.  Why?  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains.    

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Politics
4:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Congressional District One Forum

Congressional District One candidates (L-R), Kathryn Xian, Mark Takai, Joey Manahan, Will Espero, Charles Djou, Stanley Chang and Ikaika Anderson.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Most of the candidates running for Hawaii’s First Congressional District – minus Senate President Donna Mercado-Kim -- appeared before a group of nearly 300 realtors today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Politics
10:24 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Honolulu City Council District IV Race

Trevor and Nietzsche Ozawa
Wayne Yoshioka

It’s 30 days to the Primary Election, August 9th.   The non-partisan Honolulu City Council race to fill the vacancy left by Stanley Chang, who is running for Congress, is in full swing in the state’s wealthiest county council district.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
5:03 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Political TV Ads Fill the Air

The first batch of 108-thousand permanent absentee ballots will be mailed out to O’ahu voters tomorrow.  That means political television ads will be running full bore for the candidates who can afford them.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides a rundown of the spots through the medium of radio.     

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