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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State lawmakers were briefed on the current status of a disease that is worrying East Hawai’i Island residents.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Representatives from Hawai’i’s hospitality industry converged on the State Capitol today to brief lawmakers on their legislative priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will likely be changed by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Hawai’i’s Congresswoman from the 1st District conducted a roundtable discussion on that topic Saturday.  

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Nearly half of Hawai’i’s adult women are working mothers according to the Department of Human Services.   A panel discussion today asked the question, “Can You Have it All?”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The State Legislature is considering passage of a death with dignity measure this session.   It’s been an emotionally charged issue and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides viewpoints from both sides.

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There’s one bill before the legislature this session that is focusing on an alternative to criminalizing prostitution.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, proponents of the measure just want to be heard. 

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Hawai’i’s top economic drivers, tourism and the military, are at or near capacity.   But the state has a plan to expand the economy in the fastest growing sector.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Three Senate Bills are advancing in the legislature that would classify homelessness as a medical condition.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports Federal approval remains the biggest challenge.

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A number of bills to tax investors and tourists to improve public education are advancing through the legislature.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The State is looking for additional revenues following a projected 300-million dollar shortfall in tax collections this year.   Lawmakers are targeting online vacation rental companies again this year as a potential source of millions in revenue.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State Lawmakers were briefed today on the latest plan to replace the 40-year-old O’ahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi.  The Department of Public Safety has picked 4 main sites with construction costs ranging from 400-to-600 million dollars.  House Public Safety Committee Chair, Greg Takayama, says there is no justifiable reason to build a facility that’s larger than the current OCCC.

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The State Legislature is considering spending billions of dollars in a statewide effort to ease homelessness and provide permanent housing.   Some key leaders also want to provide 7 million dollars more over the next 2 years to continue the Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative.   Aloha United Way Chief Operating Officer, Norm Baker, says preventing homelessness works.

TAG:  Baker says nearly half of all the individuals helped are children.  If fully funded, an additional 2,200 households or 74-hundred individuals can be helped.

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The six lone Republicans in the State Legislature ousted their leader today in a House Resolution Vote.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Congress is taking steps to repeal part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare.   Hawai’i lawmakers are also advancing legislation to protect residents who might lose their medical coverage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Department of Education

The State Legislature has more than 3 months to decide on funding levels for Hawai’i’s public school system.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, lawmakers are questioning some of the program cuts being proposed by the governor.

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The Governor delivered his annual State of the State address to the Legislature today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report. 

Trump for President Campaign

Last November, Donald Trump lost Hawai’i’s General Election by more than a 2-to-1 margin.   Now, on the eve of his inauguration as the 45th President of the U-S, HPR talked to local voters about their hopes for the country in the next 4 years. 

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The Hawai’i State Legislature officially opened its 60-working day session today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was at the Capitol and files this report.

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Women legislators across the country are launching a bi-partisan effort to address the opioid abuse epidemic.    Local lawmakers conducted a news conference today on their proposed legislation and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there. 

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The Governor announced an increase in homeless shelter beds statewide over the next 12 months.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the increased capacity will also meet new state and federal standards.

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The Governor’s top budget priority for this upcoming legislative session is Public Education.   But will his increased spending really make a difference?   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The new State Moped Law is currently being implemented on all islands with a focus on illegal modifications for speed and noise.  The cost for moped registration and safety check statewide is 40-dollars plus a one-time payment of 5-dollars for a license plate.  Honolulu Department of Customer Services director, Sherry Kajiwara explains.  (Maui and the Big Island already have moped safety check rules.   For more information go to Hidot.Hawaii.Gov/mopeds).

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Honolulu City Council Members were briefed on the status of the City’s Police Chief today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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State tax collections are below Council on Revenue projections this year and lawmakers are looking elsewhere to make up the difference. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The leaders of the United States and Japan visited the USS Arizona Memorial together for the first time since the December 7th surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Former Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi is now a private citizen, having completed his 2nd term December 5th.   A month earlier, he was found not guilty of any wrongdoing in connection to use of his County credit card.  But, what about Kenoi’s political future?    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The Honolulu Ethics Commission considered a request today to curb the unfair influence of Super PACs.   HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Honolulu’s Police Chief voluntarily stepped down yesterday following notification that he’s under federal investigation.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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The Governor submitted his two-year budget request to the legislature today and his overall spending plan is up.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State lawmakers were briefed today on the status of sexual assault kits that have not been tested and county plans to resolve the backlogs.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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