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
3:38 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

801 South Street Project Nears Completion of Phase I

(Clockwise from Top Left) Jianna Chew takes a photo of her view for Facebook friends; 801 South Street condominium; Chew and realtor, Jason Nishikawa sign inspection forms; Jong Ming Chew and his daughter, Jianna, in the kitchen.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Construction on the 801 South Street condominium project started two years ago at the old Honolulu Advertiser /Star Bulletin site.   The building is almost finished and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the first buyer to see her new place.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Hawai'i Health Connector Update for Legislature

(L-R) Christopher Koller, Milbank Memorial Fund; Jeffrey Kissel, executive director, Hawai'i Health Connector; Professor Hazel Beh, director, Health Law Policy Center, UH William S. Richardson School of Law; testify before State Legislative Committees
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s healthcare insurance portal is under the gun by the federal government to fix its 8-million dollar funding shortfall.   State lawmakers were briefed today on the status of implementing the Affordable Care Act in the state.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Relocation of OCCC Gaining Support

O'ahu Community Correctional Facility in Kalihi
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Relocating Hawai’i’s largest prison is gaining support at the State Capitol.   Lawmakers are proposing land swaps and partnerships to minimize the use of taxpayer money.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Governor Announces TMT Stoppage and DLNR Nominee

Governor David Ige introduced his nominee, Suzanne Case, to head the State Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor conducted a news conference yesterday to address a number of state-wide issues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and files this report.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Legislation Heading for Friday Deadline

Supporters for Autism legislation rally at the State Capitol.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A legislative deadline is looming and supporters of a number of bills are rallying at the Capitol to let lawmakers know they want their measures heard and passed.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Politics
8:03 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Trashing Paradise: Hi5 Recycling Program Update

(Clockwise from top left) Terry Telfer, president, Reynolds Recycling; Hi-5 redemption signs; Robin Isosaki; Joe Damrell; Redemption Center collection
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

More than 900 million beverage containers are imported into Hawai’i each year.   Recycling them is one way to minimize the “trashing of paradise.”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on Hawai’i’s Hi-5 program.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Trashing Paradise: Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill

Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill Update
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

In our continuing series, “Trashing Paradise,” we take a look at the only landfill on the island of O’ahu, home to 80% of the state’s population and vacation destination for more than 8 million visitors each year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Turtle Bay Resort Land Purchase Advances

Turtle Bay Resorts
Credit Trust for Public Land

The House Committee on Water and Land advanced a bill today to fund the state’s portion to purchase Turtle Bay Resort land for conservation.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s a story of legislative priorities as much as it is about legislative procedures.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Establish Uniform Eyewitness Procedures

Criminal defense attorney, Brook Hart, testified in support of establishing formal procedures for eyewitness accounts.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Mistaken identity by eyewitnesses contributed to more than 70 percent of all wrongful convictions nationwide.   That, according to the National Innocence Project.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Hawai’i lawmakers want to implement uniform procedures to improve the accuracy of these accounts. 

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Politics
3:01 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Law Enforcement Agencies Oppose 26 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Law Enforcement Agencies Oppose 26 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Credit Hawaii Department of Health

Two State Senate Committees will vote later this week on whether to advance a measure to set up medical marijuana dispensaries for nearly 13-thousand qualified patients.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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