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
3:18 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Preview for Hawaii Public Radio Gubernatorial Forum, Sept. 22

(L-R) Mufi Hannemann, Duke Aiona, Jeff Davis and David Ige prepare to address the West O'ahu Economic Development Association Gubernatorial Forum, August 26, 2014.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The candidates running for Governor will be appearing in a number of political forums in the coming weeks.  Their first state-wide radio and television appearance will be September 22nd.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka, has this preview.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Honolulu Rail Transit update

Cliff Garcia operates a family-owned business on Queen Street in Kaka'ako. He says HART is favoring large land owners like the Howard Hughes Corporation.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Construction of Honolulu’s 5.2 billion dollar Rail Transit System is moving toward the urban center at a steady pace.  The focus of the City Council’s Budget Committee yesterday was on the project’s impact on Kaka’ako businesses.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

State Conducts Housing First Training

Mark Marlowe, age 52, has lived on this Waikiki sidewalk for 5 years. He faces the possibility of having his left leg amputated.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness brought trainers in from New York to help with the state-wide implementation of Housing First.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka spoke with the consultants and visited a homeless acquaintance in Waikiki ….

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Politics
3:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit Convenes

HCEI
Credit Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit convened today in Honolulu.  Attendees are learning about the latest innovations that will transform electrical power generation and usage in Hawai’i.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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Politics
11:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part V

(Clockwise starting at top left) Army veteran Wally Camp; retired Army veteran John Shepard; VA-Hawaii director, Wayne Pfeffer; former VA nurse practitioner, Elizabeth Bush; Kona Clinic chief medical officer, Dr. Bruce Nelson.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

A 16-billion dollar appropriation was signed by the President last month to fix the Veterans Administration’s primary care system.  In the last part of our series, “Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka asks those familiar with the VA Kona Clinic, “Can the system of care be fixed?”

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Politics
2:06 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part IV

(Clockwise from top left) The boots of Corporal Mike from Ocean View; retired Army veteran John Shepard showing 5 of his 20 pill bottles; Dr. Bruce Nelson, Kona Clinic chief medical officer; VA-Hawaii director Wayne Pfeffer; Army veteran Wally Camp
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The VA clinic in Kona is a chronic disease management facility.  In the next installment in our series, “Through the eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, some veterans say the VA clinic is nothing more than a pill dispensary …

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part III

Sharron Franken holds two biodegradable urns containing the ashes of her late husband, Tony. She says her husband died because the VA did not conduct simple tests that could have saved his life. Inset: Anthony "Tony" Fraken, 1947-2012.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

More than 19 million gallons of Agent Orange, a powerful chemical defoliant, was sprayed in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972.   In our continuing series, “Through the eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka speaks to a widow who blames the VA for her husband’s death.

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1:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part II

"Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans," retired Army First Sgt. John Shepard (left) and retired Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Smith.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Kona VA Clinic serves between 15 and 16 hundred veterans each year in West Hawai’i.  The staff consists of one doctor and 20 specialists and support workers.  In his continuing series, “Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka talks to veterans about their treatment and the challenges faced by those living on the neighbor islands.

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11:39 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Through the Eyes of Kona Veterans - Part I

The Kona VA Clinic in Kailua. L-R, Dr. Bruce Nelson, chief medical officer of the clinic; Kathy Simmons, clinic program support assistant; Wayne Pfeffer, director of the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare system; Elizabeth Bush, former psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Kona VA clinic.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

More than 7,200 veterans live in West Hawaii, a geographic area larger than O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i and Lana’i combined.  In the first of a series,”Through the eyes of Kona veterans,” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visits the VA medical clinic that cares for the vets.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Urban Farm Hawai'i's First Harvest

Urban Farm Hawai'i on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Keawe Street
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s first large-scale urban farm in Honolulu harvested its first crop this weekend and shared its bounty with the community.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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