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Wayne Yoshioka

Military service members and their families make up more than 10 percent of the Hawai’i’s population and the state wants to hire those leaving the military to fill critical shortage jobs.

Some Millennials Choose Homeownership

Jul 17, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Many young adults in Hawai’i’s Millennial Generation, ages 22 to 37, are living at home with their parents or leaving for the mainland to buy a home.  But there are some Millennials who have figured it out.

Unused Medication Drop-Boxes Installed Statewide

Jul 16, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

State, County and Federal law enforcement agencies are stepping up their fight against opioid-related deaths in Hawai’i.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Exchange Club of Downtown Honolulu has hosted more than its share of political candidate forums since January. And, possibly out of election-year fatigue, it focused on a different topic today. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Primary Election in Hawai’i is one month away and the state elections office is trying its best to increase voter registration.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s six operating retail Medical Cannabis Dispensaries are now selling products that function like inhalers or nebulizers.  These products vaporize the cannabis oils and are available to the more than 21-thousand registered patients statewide.  The State Department of Health is also in the process of implementing new rules and computer technologies to reduce the current 25-day application and approval wait-times.  Peter Whitaker is Chief of the Harm Reduction Branch.

196th Infantry Brigade Honors Vietnam Veterans

Jul 2, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

During the Vietnam War, thousands of soldiers returning home received their combat awards in the mail. That practice has been discontinued and was corrected for 10 soldiers last week.

Governor Approves HCDA Affordable Housing Rules

Jun 28, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Governor David Ige approved new rules today to guide future development in Kaka’ako.

Teacher Training on Houseless Students Conducted

Jun 27, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

There are an estimated 300 children in Hawai’i believed to be house-less.  That, according to a study by Waikiki Health’s Youth Outreach program. The teacher’s union is gearing up to train it’s members to recognize who needs help.

Viewing the Kilauea Eruption from the Ocean

Jun 26, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

There are no signs of the Kilauea Eruption slowing down.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went to the Big Island for an up-close look at the lava flow.   

Helicopter Tours of Kilauea Volcano are Booked Solid

Jun 25, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Kilauea Eruption on the Big Island has carved a path of destruction in Pahoa but business is booming for tour companies offering an up-close view of the lava flow. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Venture Capital Association hosted a Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forum today.

Suicide Rates Increasing and Prevention Not Working

Jun 20, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Suicide is the leading cause of fatal injury deaths in Hawai’i, outpacing car crashes, homicide and drowning. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a training workshop recently.

VERGE Hawai'i: Sustainable Tourism?

Jun 14, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Nearly 700 attendees are at VERGE-Hawai’i, the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Waikiki this week. One of the topics discussed was sustainable tourism.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i became the first state in the nation to ban the use of a harmful pesticide by 2023.

Hawai'i Juvenile Justice Working Together for Children

Jun 12, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Juvenile Justice Information Committee is working to help as many underage offenders as possible to become productive citizens.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this collaborative effort appears to be producing noteworthy results.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Human Services provides assistance to one in four Hawai’i residents and nearly half of the children.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the department is attempting to improve the lives of vulnerable families.

Wayne Yoshioka

Medicare recipients in Hawai’i will be receiving their new cards in the mail this month and regulators are warning them to be on the lookout for fraud and scams.

Wayne Yoshioka

The 2019 construction budget for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project almost got derailed today at the Honolulu City Council.

Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu First Responders transport more than 56-thousand patients to hospital emergency rooms each year. But, rarely do their patients have the opportunity to thank them face-to-face. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Carbon Net Neutrality Goal by 2045 Signed Into Law

Jun 4, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Three landmark bills to combat climate change were signed into law today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Hawaiian Airlines launched a new service to the West Coast on the mainland. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

$220M Airport Modernization Project Launched

May 30, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The next phase of the long-awaited airport modernization project was launched on O’ahu today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Callout to all 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment Families

May 29, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

A dedicated Army veteran is taking on a new mission to help the families of those he served with 74 years ago. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Bill 30: Buy Rail "Remnant" Properties

May 24, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is scheduled to start construction on the final city center segment through downtown Honolulu next year. But, Honolulu Councilmembers are still grappling with what to do with private property acquisitions. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

NWS Hurricane Outlook: Higher Than Normal

May 23, 2018
NOAA National Weather Service

Hurricane Season in Hawai’i officially starts next month and forecasters are expecting above normal activity. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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More than 1,200 military and civilian attendees from 26 countries are in Waikiki this week for a 3-day conference. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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A key Domestic Violence bill failed to pass in the State Legislature this session and supporters want to know why. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

HVCA Panel: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

May 17, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Venture Capital Association hosted a panel discussion on electronic currency today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

State Unveils Plans for New State Hospital

May 16, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Plans for the construction of a new Hawai’i State Hospital facility were unveiled today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.