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Homeless Outreach by Waikiki Health

Jul 15, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

According to the 2013 Statewide Homeless Point-in-Time Count taken in January, 3 out of 4 unsheltered homeless persons on O’ahu are family members...with at least one child under the age of 18. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a homeless outreach team from Waikiki Health and filed this report.  



The Symphony Honolulu Luxury Condominium Sales Begin

Jun 20, 2013
Oliver-McMillan Pacific Rim

The Symphony Honolulu is the newest luxury condominium that will be built on the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapi’olani Boulevard across from the Neal Blaisdell Center. In less than a week, the developer has sold nearly 70% of the units being offered for sale to the public. Many real estate agents say the market is on the verge of exploding due to low inventory and pent up demand. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka got one family’s perspective during a Symphony Honolulu purchase.

Two more 400-foot towers proposed in Kaka'ako

Jun 19, 2013
Howard Hughes Corporation

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority conducted back-to-back public hearings today for two condominium projects in downtown Kaka’ako.  An overflow crowd testified in support and in opposition of both projects.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.

Honeybee Industry Supported by Governor and Legislature

Jun 17, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka


Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a proclamation to designate Pollinator Week and a related piece of legislation into law today to bolster the honeybee industry in Hawaii. HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Manoa Innovation Center Update

Jun 13, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

 The Manoa Innovation Center continues to offer high tech start-up companies a support base and network from which to launch their businesses.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the center located near the University of Hawai’i for this update. 

East West Center Informal Reunion

Jun 11, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka


The East West Center in Manoa was established 53 years ago by the U-S Congress.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the period between 1970 and 1980 was a time of growth and expansion for the Center.


The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is currently in limbo, awaiting decisions and clearances from Federal and State Courts on a number of environmental and cultural challenges.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, these pending actions are not stopping the construction industry from moving forward with its plans to build rail - and more importantly - to take part in the development boom expected to follow.



Wednesday, June 05, 2013:


The Hawai’i Community Development Authority conducted a second public hearing today for a 25-story building … one of the smallest building projects being proposed in the Kaka’ako area.  But…as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … the proposal is running into heated opposition from neighbors who are demanding current H-C-D-A rules be followed and enforced ….  

Planning on Retiring on Social Security?

Jun 4, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Tuesday,  June 04,  2013:   More than 177-thousand Hawai’i residents over the age of 65 receive social security as part of their retirement income.   That according to the AARP.   About 15 percent of the state’s retirees rely almost entirely on social security … a difficult prospect given Hawai’i’s high cost of living.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

Patsy T. Mink Foundation

Monday, June 03, 2013:


A new center to promote the advancement of women in business and other career fields was officially dedicated today …and is named for Hawai’i’s first Congresswoman …  a trailblazer who championed anti-discrimination and equality legislation that continue to touch the lives of many Americans today.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

State Leaders Move to Help Living Veterans

May 30, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Monday was Memorial Day and ceremonies across the nation honored soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who lost their lives in service to our country.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … local government and business leaders are trying to honor returning service members by helping them get on with their lives …  SS

Kaka'ako Development Update

May 29, 2013

More than 5-thousand residential units are approved or are being proposed for construction in Kaka’ako in the next couple of years.  The state’s plan for the area has been updated … and is being called by some residents … the good…the bad … and the too tall.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

Council on Revenues Issues General Fund Forecast

May 28, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The Council on Revenues made its state tax revenue forecast today … and its review of the economy is mixed.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …  

Oahu Housing Prices Set to Skyrocket

May 23, 2013
Hawaii Community Development Authority photo

The prices for residential dwellings on O’ahu are on the verge of another explosion… even though construction of new housing is scheduled to come on-line in a few years.  That’s the conclusion of a Hawai’i Venture Capital Association and Think Tech panel today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …   

Wayne Yoshioka

Hurricane Awareness Week begins May 26th in Hawai’i on the heels of a devastating tornado in Oklahoma Monday that killed 24 and destroyed at least 13-thousand homes.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … forecasters are predicting a somewhat mild 2013 hurricane season for Hawai’i… 

GOP-Hawaii Develops Strategic Plan for 2014 and Beyond

May 21, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Republican candidates in Hawaii garnered less than one third of the total votes cast in 2012. With less than 18 months remaining before the 2014 General Elections, GOP officials are trying to expand their voter base to make a better showing in future elections. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Administrators and representatives for Public Employee Retirement systems nationwide are in Hawai’i this week for their annual 4-day conference.   And, like so many other gatherings here,  conducting a business conference in Hawaii has come under fire once again in some mainland states.    But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the Governor was on point and in attack-mode today.  

All Houses 50 years And Older Are Historic Structures

May 16, 2013

The Honolulu City Council is urging the State to exempt certain residential properties over 50 years old from being classified as being historic structures.   But the State says the law is the law and all properties will have to follow stringent guidelines. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Pet Deposit Bill Passed by Legislature

May 14, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The legislature passed a bill last month to provide landlords with more options for renting to people with pets. The measure was a joint effort by animal protection advocates and property rental agents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu Homeless Plan. Will it Work?

May 13, 2013

A Honolulu City and County plan calls for taxpayers to pay for rental apartments to provide the chronically homeless on

O’ahu with housing before treatment.  Will it work?   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … some of the homeless say they are happy and content living where they are …

Envision Hawai'i First Tuesday Event

May 7, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Envision Hawai’i hosts a monthly First Tuesday get-together to enable its members to connect and share ideas to bring about positive change. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the social entrepreneurs received a message about the importance of living your values.

State Legislature Approves 2014-2015 Executive Budget

Apr 30, 2013

The State Legislature unanimously approved the Executive Operating and Construction Budgets today … which will drive spending for 2014 and 2015.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports  …

Funding for Space Exploration

Apr 30, 2013

State lawmakers will be considering a full docket of appropriation-related bills tomorrow …just days before adjournment on May 2nd.   One of those funding measures has to do with a long-range project to enable the state to become a center of space exploration.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

HPR News: Food Series - Wayne Yoshioka

Apr 24, 2013

According to the State Legislative Reference Bureau … Hawai’i imports more than 65 percent of its vegetables and fruits … and is reliant on out-of-state sources for much of what it consumes.   But…as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … some Agriculture Officials say local food production can be increased without growing more crops or using more agricultural lands …

Hawai'i Women's Legislative Caucus Update

Apr 23, 2013

The Governor signed the Compassionate Care Bill into law yesterday … which provides female sexual assault victims access to emergency contraception upon request.  The measure was the top priority for women lawmakers this session… but there are more bills they want passed in the final days before adjournment May 2nd.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Apr 23, 2013

More than one billion people in 192 countries were expected to participate in Earth Day activities today… marking the 43rd year of focusing on environmental awareness.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a group of hikers yesterday … who celebrate Earth Day more than once a year …

UH Medical Students Tackle Homelessness

Apr 16, 2013


The City Administration is in the process of developing what it hopes will be a comprehensive plan to ease homelessness on O’ahu. The plan is due May 1st.  Meanwhile, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, UH students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine conducted a workshop to address the problem ....

State Fiscal Policy and the 2013 Legislative Session

Apr 1, 2013
Hawaii State Capitol

  Hawai’i lawmakers will meet in conference committee soon to draft an agreement on the state’s 24 billion dollar operating budget for the next two years. Half of that money will have to come from state taxes …and a panel of lawmakers and government officials discussed fiscal policy as it relates to the 2013 legislative session. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

Kahuku Farm Redefines Farming

Mar 27, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The future of growing food in Hawai’i rests on the ability of farmers to continue making a living. According to one UH study, farmers receive only 19 cents out of each dollar spent on locally grown produce and vegetables.  The rest of the money goes to packaging, marketing, refrigeration and transportation.   But one family-owned farm has revamped its strategy and business model and has branched out into new venues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Homeless Outreach Team in Honolulu

Mar 14, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council will convene a special meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss homeless housing and services on Oahu in an effort to look at solutions for this growing problem. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a team of outreach workers who meet with the homeless on the streets year-round.