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The candidates for Honolulu Mayor are running out of time with a little more than 2 weeks remaining until the Primary Election, August 13.    But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, many voters are already casting their ballots.

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Congressman K. Mark Takai passed away last week with nearly 6 months left in his term.   Takai’s chosen successor is now gearing up her campaign to regain her seat.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Rotary Club of Honolulu hosted a forum for the race for Honolulu Mayor today.  It featured three candidates.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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There are 8 candidates running for Honolulu Mayor who have never been elected to public office.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka contacted them and 3 agreed to be interviewed.

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The State and City of Honolulu are implementing separate plans to address homelessness and affordable rental housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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U.S. Representative from Hawai’i, K. Mark Takai, passed away today in Honolulu following a 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Legislature overturned the Governor’s veto of a benefits package for Maui hospital workers.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Congressman Mark Takai Dies at 49

Jul 20, 2016
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U.S. Congressman Mark Takai died this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Update: NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric have announced termination of plans to merge. In a statement form NextEra, Chairman Jim Robo said “As a result of the PUC’s order, we have terminated our merger agreement”.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, NextEra Energy will pay Hawaiian Electric Industries a $90 million break-up fee and up to $5 million for reimbursement of expenses associated with the transaction.  

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A public-private venture to provide permanent housing for homeless families was unveiled today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The legislature convened a special session today to consider the Governor’s veto of a bill to help Maui hospital workers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Governor hosted an Education Summit over the weekend with more than one-thousand teachers, parents, students and policy makers in attendance.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Hawai’i Public Radio is cancelling its scheduled Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday, July 11.

Charles Djou withdrew from the event, several days after his campaign agreed to take part.  Sam Aiona of the Djou campaign blames a scheduling conflict, although he had confirmed Djou’s participation on Friday.  Djou told HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka the cancellation was because of a “miscommunication.”

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The Primary Election is a little more than a month away.   There is one contested race in which the winner takes all.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Honolulu City Council shelved a resolution today to reorganize its committee leadership positions.   But they did pass a few measures relating to the Rail Transit Project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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A global conference with thousands of dignitaries and attendees will be hosted by the state in less than 60 days.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City and County unveiled its general plans today.

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The generation born after 1980, the Millennials, will comprise more than half of the work force by 2019.   That, according to the Pew Research Center.   A local survey was completed earlier this month for business managers.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The results of this year’s statewide Homeless Point in Time Count were released today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there for the announcement.

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A favorable settlement has been reached for Volkswagen owners in 43 states including Hawai’i.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Governor today released the list of bills he intends to veto or needs more time to look over.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Suzanne Chun Oakland has attracted 3 Democratic candidates who provide real choices for voters.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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Hawai’i will host a first-ever international conference to be held in  the United States in a little over 2 months.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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The State signed a renewable energy agreement with Hawai’i’s  largest electricity customer today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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O’ahu’s escalating 8.3 billion dollar rail transit project is in deep financial trouble.  Now, lawmakers controlling the City’s budget are weighing-in.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Governor signed  the so-called Care Act into law, making Hawai'i the 31st state to mandate caregiver requirements for hospitals.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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In his continuing series on candidates running for Honolulu Mayor, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka, focuses on the incumbent seeking re-election.

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Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project tops the list of challenges facing City and County leaders.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka continues his candidate profiles for Honolulu Mayor.    

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Three veteran politicians are running for Honolulu Mayor.  The one with the least amount of votes in the Primary will be out of the November 8 General Election.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka profiles the 3 candidates this week beginning with last person to enter the contest.

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State lawmakers have been trying to ease Doctor shortages on the neighbor islands for 2 decades.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, no progress was made last session.

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The Honolulu Rail Project cannot be completed based on current revenues.  Rail authorities looked at construction options yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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