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1:28 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Viral Hepatitis Cause for Hawai'i's Ranking for Highest Rate of Liver Cancer

Dr. Daniel Saltman, Waikiki Health and course director for Viral Hepatitis Hawai'i Update 2013 Conference, Nov. 16, at Queens Conference. www.viralhepHI.org.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i has the highest rate of liver cancer in the nation due to Viral Hepatitis. The community-based Hepatitis Free Hawai’i Coalition expects those rates to go up even higher in the coming years and its members are attempting to encourage more doctors to get involved to provide full treatment. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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3:07 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Economist Paul Brewbaker: Current Housing Boom is Not Enough

Pacific Palms condominium, 441 Lewers Street
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

What is priced at nearly 5-dollars a square inch with prices still rising?   Yes, a postage-size piece of real estate in Waikiki.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went to see the lowest priced fee simple studio apartment for sale in the area.     

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8:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

House Considers Amended Marriage Equality Bill

Catharine Haker from Kapolei was brought to tears as marriage equality opponents yelled in her face, "Let the people vote."
Wayne Yoshioka

The full House approved Senate Bill One yesterday on second reading 30-to-18 with three members excused. This sets the stage for a final House vote Friday on the marriage equality legislation which is expected to draw more demonstrations and proposed changes to the bill. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was at yesterday’s proceedings and filed this report.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Joint House Committees Recommend Three Changes to Marriage Equality Bill

Joint House Judiciary and Finance Committees Recommend 3 Changes to Marriage Equality bill.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

  A Joint House Committee ended public testimony this afternoon on the marriage equality bill. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State House in Day 4 of Public Hearing on Marriage Equality

New Hope Leeward members rally to oppose marriage equality.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Today was day four of a marathon public hearing session conducted by the joint House Judiciary and Finance Committees on the marriage equality bill.  The measure is the focus of a Special Legislative Session called by the Governor.  Today’s hearing started with an estimated 500 more testifiers to go.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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5:25 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

House Joint Committees Conduct Public Hearing on Marriage Equality Bill

Lisa Poulos rallied for support in front of the State Capitol.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

More than 3,800 people had signed up by mid-day today to testify for or against the marriage equality bill currently being reviewed by the Legislature during a Special Session. The Senate passed the measure Wednesday and it was the House of Representatives’ turn to conduct its public hearing. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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4:55 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

State Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Credit Wayne Yoshioka

   The State Senate voted overwhelmingly today to approve the Marriage Equality bill drafted by lawmakers and the Executive Branch. The landslide vote came as no surprise, but as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, many lawmakers relished the moment in crossing a milestone in Hawai’i’s legislative and social history.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Department of Human Services Targets Welfare Fraud

Fraud Hotline: 587-8444
Credit DHS

Welfare fraud has uncovered a number of high profile cases in Hawaii, including that of a Waikiki man accused of stealing more than $200,000 in public assistance money. The State Department of Human Services is working hard to investigate and help prosecute those who attempt to rip off the system. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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5:24 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Legislature Convenes Special Session for Marriage Equality Bill

Hawaii United for Marriage rally at State Capitol.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Legislature convened in special session today to consider a measure to grant marriage equality for same-sex couples.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the proceedings at the State Capitol and filed this report …  

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3:58 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Neighbors: The Multi-Ethnic Politician

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and Representative Nicole Lowen.
Credit Hawaii State Legislature

In our continuing series, “Neighbors: An Island Story”, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka takes a look at Hawaii’s political evolution once dominated by ethnic bloc voting due to the waves of immigrant labor brought in to work in the sugar industry, to one in which ethnicity has diminished in importance.

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