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 volunteered at 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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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Say goodbye to the Year of the Goat. Starting Monday, we’ll officially enter the Year of the Monkey. Lions and dragons will take to the streets this weekend in Chinatown to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Festival officials say the event brings tens of thousands of tourists and local residents to the area, where everything from good luck charms to char siu jin dui is for sale. Leonard Kam is the past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. He’s chairing this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson
Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

It’s been more than a month since voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a left Cape Town, South Africa. Crew members on board say they’re just days away from reaching the coast of Brazil. We got an update from navigator Kaleo Wong as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii

Scientists say a disease killing hundreds of thousands of ‘ōhi‘a trees on Hawaii's Big Island is spreading. Recent aerial surveys show the acreage of infected trees has more than doubled in the past two years. State, county and federal agencies collaborated to conduct the surveys by helicopter last month. The fungal disease, called Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death, was found in 34,000 acres of ‘ōhi‘a forest. Rob Hauff is the Forest Health Coordinator with the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Colin Cook
Colin Cook

Surfers and big-wave enthusiasts are flocking to the North Shore this week for one of the biggest swells of the season. One person who won’t be in the water is Colin Cook. The 26-year-old surfer is still recovering from a shark attack last October, and lost his leg in the battle. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently caught up with him and has this report.

SOI / Michelle Schwengel-Regala
SOI / Michelle Schwengel-Regala

A research ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is not the kind of place where you would expect to find artists. But a new partnership is bringing together art and science through a residency program on board The Falkor, part of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with a local fiber artist who was able to hop aboard.

Governor David Ige
Governor David Ige

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered his State of the State address to the 2016 legislature, raising issues that ranged from government spending, affordable housing, homelessness, prisons, and our public hospitals. The following is a transcript from this morning’s speech:

Speaker Souki, President Kouchi, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, county mayors and other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends,

Good morning and aloha.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The future of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea remains uncertain. Construction has been halted on the project since protests began last April. And in December, Hawaii's Supreme Court ruled the permit invalid, sending the matter back for a new contested case hearing.

U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard

After a 5-day rescue mission, U.S. Coast Guard captain Jim Jenkins announced that the search for 12 missing Marines off O‘ahu’s north shore has been suspended. “We’ve looked at all search efforts by all agencies. We’ve looked at the data and metrics, developments and particular circumstances of this case,” said Jenkins late Tuesday afternoon. “Based on this careful analysis, I’m announcing that the Coast Guard intends to suspend active search efforts tonight at sunset.”

Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson
Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

After a five-day stop on the island of St. Helena, the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is back on the water. The crew is continuing its journey across the Atlantic to Brazil. Hōkūle‘a navigator Kaleo Wong checked in with HPR’s Molly Solomon as part of our ongoing coverage Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hokulea plans to sight Ascension Island before reaching Natal, Brazil next month.

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U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard

The search continues for 12 missing marines after two military helicopters crashed late Thursday off O‘ahu’s north shore. Coast Guard Captain Jim Jenkins said there are no plans to call off the mission and still believes there’s hope for survivors. “We’ve been searching 24 hours a day since we were notified and got on scene,” said Jenkins. “We are dedicated to trying to locate and bring back these service members.”

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