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
4:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Honolulu City Council Committee Advances Sit & Lie Bills

(L-R) Tracy, Thalia and Tabatha Martin and Katherine Xian, executive director for the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery testified at the Committee on Zoning and Planning public hearing.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A Honolulu City Council committee heard public testimony today on a number of controversial measures that would ban certain behaviors in public and commercial spaces.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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4:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Thinktech Panel Discusses Medical Technology and Research

Thinktech panel of medical researchers and practitioners.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Advances in medical research and technology have contributed to more effective treatment of chronic diseases but they come at a price.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended a Think Tech session on these improvements and filed this report.    

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Participate in Forum

Top: Gubernatorial candidates draw numbers before the forum. (L-R) Mufi Hannemann, Duke Aiona, Jeff Davis and David Ige. Bottom: Candidates await the start of the forum hosted by the West O'ahu Economic Development Authority.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The four candidates for Hawai’i Governor met for the first time today following the Primary Election earlier this month.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the focus was on the future.     

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Politics
4:37 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Ige Campaign Talks Strategy

Top: Three candidates, Duke Aiona, Jeff Davis and Mufi Hannemann prepare for political forum. Bottom: Keith Hiraoka, campaign manager for David Ige
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

There are about 70 days left before the General Election, Nov 4th.   The leading Democrat for Governor bowed out of a face-to-face encounter last week and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides this update …

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Local Producers Show Their Products at Defense Food Show

(Clockwise from top left) U.S. Sen (retired) Daniel Akaka and U.S. Sen. Maize Hirono untile the Maile Lei to open the show. Tamata Armstrong from Manoa Chocolate Hawaii; Ani Martirosian from AMS Naturals; Susan Worley from Pacifica Hawai'i.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Commissaries are the civilian equivalent of supermarkets on military bases.   Their buyers attend an annual food show to meet and taste-test products made by Hawaii-based brands.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Puna Agriculture Suffers Losses With No Relief in Sight

Calavo papaya field in Kea'au
Kenn Harada

Tropical Storm Iselle damaged agricultural crops in the Puna region with losses estimated to be in the millions of dollars.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke to area farmers, who say they need immediate relief.    

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Politics
3:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Puna Recovery Operations Continue

(L-R, clockwise) HELCO crews connect power lines; contract crew digs hole for power pole; home damaged by trees; chainsaw crew cuts logs to 8-foot lengths.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

About 1,500 Hawaii Electric Company customers remain without power in Puna today in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle less than 2 weeks ago.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the area and filed this report.    

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Politics
12:35 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Takai vs Djou Shaping Up

Mark Takai vs Charles Djou
Credit Takai Djou campaigns

The Congressional District One race will be a contest watched nationally because it has a viable Republican candidate.   The days leading up to the General Election, November 4th will be a sprint to the finish and expensive.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Hanabusa's Challenge Fails; Puna Elections to Go Ahead Friday

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has filed a motion in the Circuit Court in Hilo to postpone Friday's make-up election in Puna.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has requested a state court postpone Friday’s election in Puna rather than conclude the Primary Election.   Two precinct polling stations were not opened last Saturday for walk-in voting because of damage by Tropical Storm Iselle.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Politics
4:37 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

City Paramedics Try 12-hour Shifts

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a new shift-change for City paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu will launch a “pilot” program for ambulance service throughout the island.  City officials hope to save money and improve working conditions for first responders.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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