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12:01 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Meals on Wheels Cooks Up Thanksgiving Dinner for Homebound Seniors

Credit Molly Solomon

Hundreds of Hawaii Meals on Wheels volunteers are giving back this Thanksgiving day. They’ll be driving out to low-income and home-bound seniors to deliver hot turkey meals, with all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. HPR’s Molly Solomon went along for the ride and has this report.

If you would like to volunteer, donate or get involved -- especially during the holiday season -- you can contact Hawaii Meals on Wheels at 988-6747.

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3:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Department of Health Prepares for Hawaii's First Same Sex Marriages

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The countdown for Hawaii’s first same-sex marriages is fast approaching. And state officials are gearing up for some changes. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, several couples are expected to wed on Monday -- the first day Hawaii’s marriage equality law goes into effect. 

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12:32 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Fresh Off The Boat: First Shipment of Christmas Trees Arrives in the Islands

The first shipment of Christmas trees arrive in Hawaii from the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Molly Solomon

Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow, which means it’s almost time for Christmas trees. Every year, containers stacked with trees from the Northwest, pile up at Hawaii’s harbors, waiting to be unloaded and inspected. HPR’s Molly Solomon joined a group of state inspectors and got a look at the first Christmas trees of the season.

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12:49 am
Mon November 18, 2013

What Lies Ahead for Kaho‘olawe?

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It’s been 10 years since the Navy transferred control of Kaho‘olawe to the state. The island’s caretakers are still cleaning up the island and are moving toward a plan of sustainability. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the agency in charge of restoring Kaho‘olawe is facing funding cuts, that could impact the future of the island.

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12:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Local Farmers Turn to Microloans

Tricia Hodson and her husband Mike are the owners of WOW Farm.
Credit WOW Farm

The popularity of locally-grown food has led to increased demand for Hawaii farm products. But some of those operations need investment, which has been a challenge for many local farmers. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, now there’s a program that’s helping.

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11:51 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Local Filipino Community Mobilizes Aid Effort

Volunteers and staff working with food items at Philippine Red Cross HQ.
Credit Jarkko Mikkonen/Finnish Red Cross

More information is coming out on Typhoon Haiyan, the devastating storm that has affected more than 4 million people in the Philippines.

While members of local Filipino communities are beginning to organize relief efforts, many are still having a hard time even making a simple phone call to relatives back home.  HPR’s Molly Solomon has more. 

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8:03 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kauai Council Sets Meeting To Consider Overriding Mayor's Veto

Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser co-introduced Bill 2491, which would regulate the use of pesticides and genetically altered crops for large agribusiness.
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A date has been set for a Kauai County Council meeting to vote on whether to accept or override Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of Bill 2491.

The bill would require large agriculture companies to disclose the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. The six-member council would need five votes to override the Mayor’s veto. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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9:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Planned Early Education Center Brings Opportunity for Waianae Keiki

Community members and state officials break ground on a planned early learning complex in Maili.
Credit Kamehameha Schools

The age of entry for kindergartners is going up across the state, while junior kindergarten classes are being eliminated. That’s creating a gap. The Hawaii Department of Education says as many as 5,000 students won’t have a place to go.

The need for early education is especially strained on the Waianae coast, where preschool capacity is already over 90%. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, a planned learning center in Mā`ili is hoping to fill that need.

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11:19 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Traffic Remains a Concern for Kakaako Residents

Credit Hawaii Community Development Authority

Residents in Kakaako are urging developers to slow the pace of new building plans. Those include a 46-story high rise and a 10-story parking garage, planned for the site of the old Honolulu Advertiser building. Neighbors are worried the new tower will bring more cars on the street and only make traffic in the area worse. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.  

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11:12 am
Tue October 15, 2013

The Pig & The Lady Set To Open Chinatown Location Next Month

The Pig & The Lady has moved into a permanent spot at 83 N. King Street and will be open for business in November.
Credit Molly Solomon

For the past two years, The Pig & The Lady has been on the move – setting up shop at pop-up restaurants and farmers markets around Oahu. The popular food stand – known for their Vietnamese street food – has finally found a place to call home. They’re partnering with the non-profit Pacific Gateway Center to open their first brick and mortar location. HPR’s Molly Solomon previewed the space and has this report.

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