Molly Solomon

General Assignment Reporter

Molly Solomon joined HPR in May 2012 as an intern for the morning talk show, The Conversation. She has since worn a variety of hats around the station, doing everything from board operator to producer.

She is now the General Assignment reporter and covers a number of important topics including education, tourism, and food sustainability. A California native, Molly joined HPR after graduating from University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. At UC Santa Cruz, she worked for KZSC as well as the student newspaper, City on a Hill Press. When she's not reporting local news, Molly can usually be spotted riding her bike around Kaimuki or eating her way through Oahu's plethora of Japanese restaurants.

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Local News
7:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

$48.5M Conservation Deal Reached Between State and Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu
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There’s been a new development in the battle over land belonging to the Turtle Bay Resort. Governor Neil Abercrombie has announced a deal that would conserve 665 acres of land on Oahu’s North Shore. The $48.5 million agreement establishes a conservation easement, protecting the coastal area from future resort development. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
11:59 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

UH Scientists Create App to Track Papaya Virus

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If you’ve ever wondered if that papaya tree growing in your backyard has ring spot virus -- now there’s an app for that! Two University of Hawaii at Mānoa researchers are taking a digital approach to track what they believe may be a decrease in the destructive virus. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

For more information and to download the free app, visit the Pic-a-Papaya website.

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Local News
12:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

TFA Hawaii Grapples with Possible Funding Loss

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This week the state's budget proposal heads to conference committee. One item on the chopping block is funding for education. Teach for America Hawaii faces close to one million dollars in cuts this year, which program officials say would be a huge hit to classrooms across the state. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Lawmakers Plan to End Prostitution Exemption for Hawaii Cops

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Lawmakers are going forward with changes to a bill that would end a police exemption allowing undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes. It’s all part of an overall move to crack down on prostitution in the state. According to the state’s prostitution laws, police officers are exempt -- technically making it legal for them to have sex with prostitutes during an investigation.

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Local News
9:23 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Hawaii Attorney General Sues Makers of Plavix

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The State of Hawaii is taking a major drug company to court. Yesterday, Attorney General David Louie filed a lawsuit for unfair and deceptive marketing practices related to the drug Plavix, which has been sold on the islands since 1998. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
12:01 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Companies Cashing In: GMO Labeling Gains Momentum

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All week HPR News has been taking a closer look at GMOs, in our ongoing series Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion. Today we turn to the debate over product labeling. Bills to require labeling of GMO ingredients are unlikely to pass during this legislative session. But a growing demand from consumers to know what’s in their food suggests the conversation is far from over. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Read more about HPR's series on GMOs: 

GMOs in the USA

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Local News
12:01 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Antique Alley Finds a New Home in Kakaako

Julie Lauster and Pake Zane are set to reopen their shop Antique Alley in Kakaako.
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It’s been over eight months since the owners of Antique Alley were forced to close their doors. The local shop was popular among collectors and vintage enthusiasts alike, who were devastated to see the store leave its Kapiolani location of more than 25 years. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the shop has found a new home in the heart of Kakaako.

Antique Alley is set to reopen March 21 - 23 from 12 - 5 pm. Their new store is located at 1030 Queen Street. For more information, call 941-8551.

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Local News
1:13 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Google Helps Local Businesses Get Online

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These days it seems like everybody is online. Most businesses, large and small, have a website or online presence to showcase their products. But, according to estimates from Google, nearly 70% of local businesses in the Aloha State aren’t online. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us about an upcoming workshop that’s hoping to close that gap.

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Local News
12:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Navy Updates Lawmakers on Red Hill Fuel Leak

Captain Mark Wheeler and Captain Mike Williamson brief Rep. Chris Lee and Sen. Mike Gabbard on the Red Hill fuel leak.
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It’s been almost 2 months since a fuel tank sprang a leak at the Navy’s Red Hill facility, resulting in the release of 27,000 gallons of jet fuel. Water samples collected from the area show the water is safe to drink, but it’s still not clear how the leak started and what the long term impacts might be. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Our Kakaako 2.0: Neighborhood Launches Free Public WiFi

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Kakaako is getting a technology makeover. Kamehameha Schools announced that they will be providing a free wireless network to anyone who wants to connect. The project stretches from Ala Moana Boulevard and South, to Halekauwila and Cooke Street. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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