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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News Bites
11:15 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Hawaii Governor David Ige's First State of the State Address

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivers his first State of the State address.
Credit Governor David Ige

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivered his first State of the State address, raising issues that ranged from government spending, education, economic growth and energy. The following is a transcript from this morning’s speech:

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

Aloha.

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Local News
1:02 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Public Invited to Listening Sessions on Army Downsizing

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Thousands stand to lose their jobs at Hawai‘i’s military bases, if the Pentagon’s proposed cuts move forward. Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter are among 30 military installations across the country where similar scenarios are playing out. Army officials are gathering public input at a series of listening sessions, including one tomorrow night in Honolulu. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
12:17 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Halau Lokahi Students Begin Transition to New Schools

Credit Molly Solomon

For the first time, the state is taking steps to close a charter school. Hālau Lōkahi has been in operation for 14 years, and now parents of students are scrambling to make adjustments. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
1:09 am
Wed January 21, 2015

HECO Proposal Would Allow More Rooftop Solar

Hawaiian Electric announces their new plan to the media at a press conference. Their proposal would increase rooftop solar in Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui County.
Credit Molly Solomon

Hawaiian Electric has announced a proposal that would greatly increase the amount of rooftop solar.  It's all part of a plan that would help the utilities on Oahu, The Big Island, and Maui County triple the amount of solar power by 2030. But critics warn this could come at a price. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
12:41 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Hokulea Heads Farther South

Credit Oiwi TV / Aina Paikai

Hōkūle‘a continues its sail around the world. She’s currently spending time in Wellington, New Zealand, the farthest south the voyaging canoe has ever gone. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with Hōkūle‘a crew member and ‘Ōiwi TV photographer Aina Paikai, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Later this week, Hōkūle‘a will sail through the Cook Straight to South Island. They’ll remain in New Zealand until April, when they plan to sail to Australia.

Follow the two canoes on Google Maps:

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Local News
11:17 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Is The New Bike Lane Hurting King St. Businesses?

Credit Molly Solomon

It's been more than a month since the King Street bike lane opened in Honolulu. And while bike enthusiasts applaud the safer ride, several shop owners in the area are saying the confusion of where to park is killing their businesses. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
6:12 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hawaii County Becomes First in State to Ban E-Cigarettes

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Hawai‘i County residents who smoke e-cigarettes will soon find fewer places where vaping is allowed. Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi signed the bill Tuesday, making it the only county in the state to ban electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is already prohibited. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
5:59 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Maui Public Hospitals Seek Partnership To Keep Doors Open

Wesley Lo, CEO of Hawaii Hawaii Health Systems Corp. Maui Region, and Ray Vara, president and CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health, announce plans to pursue a partnership.
Credit Molly Solomon

State hospitals in Maui are pursuing a partnership with the privately-run Hawai‘i Pacific Health. The state’s publicly-funded facilities have been struggling for years and plan to seek approval from the legislature. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
2:12 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Hawaii Researcher Joins National Call for Electronic Cigarette Regulation

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Two leading cancer research organizations are calling for stricter regulation of electronic cigarettes. And it’s prompted local health experts to echo those concerns. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
7:19 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Hawaii Ice Rink Turns to Solar Power

Credit Distributed Energy Partners

A local ice rink is tapping into the sun to keep its facilities cool. Ice Palace Hawai‘i announced the completion of a rooftop solar power project that could cut down their energy bill by 25%. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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