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Wayne Yoshioka

Nonprofits and other organizations seeking grants in aid from the State Legislature have a Friday deadline to turn in their applications. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited one of last year’s recipients in Hilo. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A State Audit of the Honolulu Rail Project was released today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State’s General Fund forecast for the current fiscal year was lowered less than one percentage point today, meaning there’s less money to spend in the upcoming legislative session.

New State Lawmakers and Their Priorities

Jan 8, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

There are 12 new state lawmakers for the upcoming session – 9 in the House and 3 in the Senate. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with some of them and filed this report.  

State Biosecurity Plan Update

Jan 7, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Agriculture briefed members of the Senate today on some of its budget priorities.

State House Unveils Workplace Harassment Policy

Jan 7, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

The State House of Representatives updated its new workplace harassment policy.

A Taxing Tax Season

Dec 26, 2018
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While many people are on vacation this week, there are several business days left in 2018. That means you still have time for some last minute adjustments in what will be a complicated tax season.

Wayne Yoshioka

A solemn remembrance started 24 years ago continues at the State Capitol grounds.

Wayne Yoshioka

The post-Millennial generation will be entering the workforce in great numbers next year and there are some lessons they could learn from older cohorts – like hooking up on the job.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Homelessness Coalition of state, county, faith-based and social services organizations is setting its priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Department of Health

Hawai’i homes with cesspools must be upgraded by 2050. But, a State Environmental Council Committee is calling for more scientific evidence to drive this mandate.

Office of the Governor

The Governor submitted his executive budget request to the state legislature today as required by law.

Wayne Yoshioka

The upcoming tax preparation season in Hawai’i, according to some accountants, will be one of the most complicated in at least 3 decades.

San Joaquin Sheriff's Office

The State announced today the conclusion of an administrative investigation into Randall Saito’s escape from the State Hospital two years ago.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i Teens are in crisis. That, according to mental health advocates locally and nationally.

OHA Elects Officers and Look to the Future

Dec 10, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs conducted its first meeting following the November 6th election of new members.

Patsy T. Mink Monument Dedicated On Her Birthday

Dec 6, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

 A statue of Hawai’i’s former Congresswoman Patsy Mink was dedicated today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council failed to override the Mayor’s Veto of an important fire sprinkler bill.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hale Kipa, a state-wide nonprofit youth services organization, achieved a decade-long goal today.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Inauguration Ceremony for the state’s top chief executives was conducted today.

Honolulu City Council: "No" to Franken Poles

Nov 29, 2018
AT&T presentation

The Honolulu City Council is putting the brakes on a proposal to improve cellphone coverage and generate millions in non-taxpayer revenue.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council passed Bill 64 two weeks ago to speed up the permitting process for residential homes. Today, the Mayor announced his own plan.

Scot Shimamura

Car racing proponents and leeward coast residents lobbied the Honolulu City Council today.

New Tax System: Targets Cash Economy

Nov 26, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The State crossed a major milestone this month in its effort to improve tax collections and investigate fraud.

Wayne Yoshioka

It's day 45 for 2,700 hotel workers on strike in Hawai’i.

Kahului 2070: Maui's Metropolitan/TOD Plan

Nov 20, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu isn’t the only island where transit oriented development is being considered for the future.

Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu unveiled what it calls the biggest homeless hygiene center in the nation today.

Harm Reduction Hawai'i


Community advocates and sex workers in Hawai’i are mobilizing to be heard at the State Legislature next session.

Skyline Ala Moana: FAA Can Limit Building Heights

Nov 14, 2018
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The Honolulu City Council today approved a conceptual plan for the tallest high-rise project in the urban core.

More Funding for Public Education?

Nov 13, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Funding for public education will be a key issue again for legislators next year.  But first, the debate should focus on how the public school system can do a better job with the money they currently receive.