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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu County grocery shoppers will no longer be asked the question: paper or plastic? Starting tomorrow, O‘ahu will become the final county in the state to enforce a plastic bag ban. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Students in Nānākuli are spending the summer learning about the environment in their own backyard. The Mālama ‘Āina Field School is a hands-on summer program that focuses on getting more students engaged and excited about science and math. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the camp and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Protests have once again delayed construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. Building was slated to resume Wednesday, but a clash between law enforcement and protesters blocking the road, prevented construction crews from reaching the site. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

If you’ve ever been curious about where and how the fish on your dinner plate was caught, now there’s an app for that. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on new technology that’s tracing the fish on your plate back to the sea.

After eyeing the akule appetizer at a Kaimukī restaurant, Jason Chow whips out his smartphone and scans a code on the menu to find out more about the reef fish. “You just scan this QR code,” said Chow. “And you discover who caught it, when it was caught, where it was caught and how.”

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

Construction is about to resume on Mauna Kea. TMT partners announced they plan to resume building the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope starting Wednesday.

Michael Bolte is a TMT board member and an astronomy professor at UC Santa Cruz. He says Governor Ige's recent support of the project and his management plan for the mountain prompted the decision to restart construction. "We felt it was a nice vindication of our approach," said Bolte. "We're ready to get started again."

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Nearly a year ago, lava from Kīlauea started flowing towards the Big Island town of Pāhoa. The lava has since cooled, but has forever changed the landscape of the small town. And as Hawaii Public Radio’s Molly Solomon reports, nowhere is that more apparent than at the Pāhoa Japanese Cemetery.

Flickr / Alexodus
Flickr / Alexodus

State lawmakers spent most of last session crafting rules for a medical marijuana dispensary system in Hawai‘i. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it has the potential to provide a growing market for entrepreneurs eager to set up shop.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

As the Honolulu City Council continues to debate expanding the sit-lie ban, a new report out of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Urban Regional Planning suggests these laws are doing little to curb homelessness.  The authors surveyed 70 homeless individuals at encampments in Kaka‘ako, A‘ala Park, and Kapālama Canal. 68% reported the sweeps have no effect on them seeking emergency shelter. UH Mānoa graduate student Tai Dunson-Strane co-authored the report.

Jean Revillard/Rezo/Solar Impulse
Jean Revillard/Rezo/Solar Impulse

A plane powered only by the sun will continue on its way to Hawai‘i. The Solar Impulse 2 left China for the Hawaiian Islands two weeks ago, but made an unscheduled stop in Japan due to poor weather. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the plane is now ready to embark on its most challenging leg.

Its wingspan is wider than a 747, and it weighs no more than a large SUV. That’s part of the reason the Solar Impulse 2 has been waiting for the right weather window. Its light weight body makes it energy efficient, but also prone to turbulence.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The sale of Hawaiian Electric to the Florida-based company NextEra Energy passed a key vote Wednesday. Shareholders approved the deal with 76% of outstanding shares voting ‘yes.’ HPR’s Molly Solomon was at the meeting and has this report.

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