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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The State announced the re-establishment of the Kona International Airport yesterday with the arrival of the first foreign flight from Japan scheduled in less than 3 weeks.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Hawai’i Republicans lost key races for Honolulu Mayor and the last GOP seat in the State Senate.   GOP leaders are now focusing on local races in 2018 and developing a strategy to win.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Honolulu Police Department announced today that its Crime Mapping Website is fully operational, including data on violent crimes.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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There were two separate activities over the weekend that focused on the Trump Presidential victory.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited both events and filed this report. 

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The State Senate announced its leadership lineup today with only a few changes.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Republican Party’s General Election sweep on the mainland was in stark contrast to political races in Hawai’i where GOP candidates were defeated.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Wayne Yoshioka

Highly contested local races ended with few surprises last night.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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More than 150-thousand Hawaii registered voters have already cast their General Election ballots.   That, according to elections officials.  Meanwhile, Hawai’i Democrats and Republicans made their last big push this weekend prior to precinct voting Tuesday.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The State is in the initial stages of studies and plans to build a new jail in Honolulu.  But before it’s fully funded, a task force is studying if a new facility is needed.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Hawai’i isn’t the only state with a shortage of doctors.  But physicians say lawmakers need to do more to recruit and retain doctors here.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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A Big Island jury found Mayor Billy Kenoi not guilty on all counts today on his alleged misuse of his county issued purchasing card.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Climate Change and the accompanying sea level rise are on the radar of U-H Researchers and State and City Planners.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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The completion of the Rail Transit System is the central issue in the race for Honolulu Mayor.   But a Fact Check by HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reveals, the future of rail is not in the hands of the City’s chief executive.

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O’ahu voters are considering twenty City Charter Amendments in the General Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with the Charter Commission chair to explain the process behind the proposed changes.   

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Early walk-in voting began statewide today with more than 4 percent of absentee ballots already mailed in.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the voting site at City Hall this morning and filed this report.

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Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Charles Djou is a combat veteran.   But his recollections of his wartime experiences are being challenged.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka did a Fact Check. 

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There are no televised debates scheduled for the race for Honolulu Mayor.   But there are a number of allegations from the two leading candidates that should be checked for accuracy.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka is doing that, beginning with this report. 

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The state is conducting public hearings on all islands this month on a plan to prevent the introduction of more invasive species to Hawai’i.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the only meeting on O’ahu and filed this report.

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Securing a future for Hawai’i’s keiki.  That was the focus of a conference on emerging technologies today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The state is sponsoring a two-day Aerospace Summit at the Capitol this week.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the more than120 participants are trying to map Hawai’i’s future in a growing economic sector. 

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The Hawai’i Tourism Conference concluded last week with a record 24-hundred attendees.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the travel industry is changing worldwide and so is tourism for our island state.

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The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a Candidate Debate for Honolulu Mayor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka files this report. 

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Waikiki hotels and timeshares are near or at capacity this year as visitor arrivals climb past the 8-million mark for the entire state.  That opens the door for visitors to seek alternative vacation rentals.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The 5-day Tourism Conference was launched today at the Hawai’i Convention Center.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this year’s gathering focuses on shaping the future of the state’s visitor industry.

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The first event leading up to the 75th anniversary of the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor was conducted Sunday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.

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Hawai’i has some of the toughest gun laws and the lowest number of firearm-related violence in the nation, according to the American Journal of Medicine.   So what should lawmakers do to make it safer for the public?   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explores that question in his final report on the AR-15:  America’s Semi-Automatic Rifle.

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The Honolulu Police Department is responsible for issuing gun permits and registering all firearms on O’ahu.   In our continuing series on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, we take a look at what it takes to legally own one.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Hawai’i has some of the toughtest gun control laws in the nation, according to the Law Center to Prevent Violence.   In our continuing series on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, state lawmakers, police and community advocates talk about their efforts to tighten our state’s gun control laws.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is at the center of the clash between gun owners and gun control advocates.  It’s been used in a number of mass killings but remains one of the best selling rifles in America. 

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The state’s center to assist homeless families in urban Honolulu was completed today.   News media were given a pre-dedication tour.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

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