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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Honolulu’s Mayor vetoed his first bill today, which was aimed at broadening the Sit and Lie Ordinance in effect for Waikiki, Chinatown and the Downtown Business District.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is including funding in the City’s Budget to combat the growing populations of noisy animals in communities island-wide.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

A Senate committee looked into the state’s work furlough program for prison inmates today.   The focus was on the increasing number of inmates who walk away from the program.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Waikiki Beach loses tons of sand each year and obtaining funding from the state legislature to replenish it takes at least a couple of years.  Today, two City and County ordinances were signed into law to enable surrounding businesses to contribute to maintaining the beach.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The state legislature failed to provide 2 million dollars for the restoration of Kaho’olawe this session.   But the William S. Richardson School of Law hosted a panel discussion recently on the island’s future.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority withheld a final decision on a project proposed by a major Kaka’ako developer to build affordable housing.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approved next year’s funding for the rail transit project today.  It includes a 3-million dollar pay-out.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature did not provide additional funding this session for the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center which is operating with an annual 13-million dollar deficit.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the center will be a top priority when lawmakers meet next year, because the state stands to lose much more than a research facility.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature adjourned today, the last day of the 2015 session.  But first,  both chambers voted on the medical marijuana dispensary bill.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council cast its final vote today on a planned 12-thousand unit housing project in West O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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