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
4:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

State Agency Approves Two More High Rise Towers in Kaka'ako

View of one acre park separating Ward Village Gateway project high rise towers
Credit Howard Hughes Corporation

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority met one last time before the new Governor takes office and approved the development of two high rise towers in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

IHS Homeless Outreach Team Works in Waikiki

(Top photo) Christian Daley fills out an intake form with IHS outreach team leader Justin Phillips. (Lower left photo, L-R) Justin Phillips listens as Kashani Middleton talks to IHS outreach specialist Caroline Reid. (Bottom right photo) Aunty Thelma, age 89, tends to her belongings next to the Waikiki Police substation.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The sit and lie ban on Waikiki sidewalks has been in effect for nearly a month and-a-half.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, outreach teams have also been working to help the homeless there. 

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Politics
4:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Honolulu City Council Committee Approves Resolution to Allow Additional Dwelling Units

Honolulu City Council Zoning and Planning Committee members passed a resolution to allow additional dwelling units.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A Honolulu City Council Committee passed a Resolution today that would enable the Administration to develop rules to build more affordable rental housing for lower income residents.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Statewide Homelessness Awareness Conference on Friday

Tangee Lazarus, who was homeless in Chinatown for years, spoke to members of the Hawai'i Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A Statewide Homeless Awareness Conference on O’ahu is scheduled for Friday.   It will bring service providers and government agencies together to look for viable solutions.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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Politics
4:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Draft Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Plan Previewed

O'ahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Map
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The City’s Department of Emergency Management is providing community previews of O’ahu’s new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended a workshop and filed this report.    

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Red Hill Fuel Storage Task Force Subgroup Revising Draft Report

Capt. Mike Williamson, vice commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command-Pacific (left), discusses draft legislative report with Department of Health deputy director Gary Gill.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Task Force developing a legislative report on the 27-thousand gallon fuel leak at the Navy’s Red Hill storage facility in January is revising its findings and recommendations again.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Governor-Elect's High School Classmates Not Surprised

(Clockwise, top left) David Ige, 1975 senior class photo; Best Man David Ige and Groom Loren Yamamoto; Keith Hiraoka, 1975 junior class photo; Jane Greenwood, 1975 senior class photo
Credit Pearl City High School Year Book owned by Jane Greenwood and wedding photo from Loren Yamamoto

Governor-Elect David Ige’s landslide victories this political season were historical achievements for a State Senator not well known outside his District.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Ige’s ascent to the state’s top executive job was not a surprise for some of his high school classmates.     

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Politics
4:23 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Hawai'i Short 50K New Housing Units by 2016

State Senator Breene Harimoto, Representatives Justin Woodson and Mark Hashem, and Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland heard testimony from housing agency and county representatives.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State Lawmakers conducted a comprehensive briefing on Housing requirements state-wide today.  And, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the shortfall is staggering.     

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Honoring Hawai'i's World War I Veterans

Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium Archway
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A ceremony honoring veterans was conducted in Waikiki today, the site of Hawai’i’s first war memorial.  It was erected in 1924 to honor those who served and died in World War One which started 100 years ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
2:12 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Congressman-Elect Heading to Washington D.C.

(L-R) Ellen Kai, mother-in-law, Eric and Naomi, parents; Congressman-Elect Mark Takai, Kyla, daughter and Mathew, son.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Congressman-Elect Mark Takai heads to Washington D-C tomorrow night to take the first steps in organizing his Capitol Hill office.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the newest member of Hawai’i’s Congressional Delegation and filed this report.     

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