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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Local News
12:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Women Chefs Cook Up Strategies for Success

Michelle Karr-Ueoka is the pastry chef and co-owner of MW Restaurant.
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Several women are preparing a special meal highlighting female chefs and farmers in Hawai‘i. In the male-dominated restaurant industry, women tend to be under-represented, especially when you consider leadership positions like executive chefs and restaurant owners. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that may be changing…slowly.

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Local News
12:01 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Bill Aims to Attract More International Students to Hawaii

Sara Leide, originally from Sweden, plans to graduate from Hawaii Pacific University in May.
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Attracting visitors to Hawai‘i has never been a problem for the state where tourism is its main economic driver. But what about attracting students? HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at what the state is doing to improve international enrollment at local universities.

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Local News
12:01 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Public Weighs In on Kakaako Makai

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking to the community for input on how it should use the 30 acres of O‘ahu land in Kaka‘ako Makai. The state agency has been holding a series of public meetings across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon attended the first one in Kaka‘ako and has this report.

You can submit testimony online here until March 31st. The schedule of remaining public meetings is below.

Hawai‘i Island

Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Hilo – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UH Hilo Ho‛oulu Terrace Room 127

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Local News
10:04 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Obama Declares Oahu Internment Camp a National Monument

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President Obama is expected to announce the designation of three national monuments. One of them is Honouliuli, the largest World War Two internment camp in Hawai‘i. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

It’s a site that’s history was almost forgotten.

Honouliuli Internment Camp remained hidden from view in an Oahu gulch for nearly 60 years. It was one of five camps in the islands where the United States military interned Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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Local News
11:14 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Popular Hispanic Market Looks for New Owner

Store owner Martha Romero Sanchez (right) with her assistant Sophie (left) at Mercado de la Raza.
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Honolulu's only Hispanic market is up for sale. Store owner Martha Sanchez Romero moved to the islands from Cuernavaca, Mexico in the 1970s. Soon after, she fell in love with a local Korean boy and decided to stay and raise a family. Along the way she opened her Honolulu storefront and has created a loyal following. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Any business-savvy or entrepreneurial folks who are interested in taking over Mercado de la Raza can give Martha a call at 593-2226.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
10:14 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Hōkūle‘a Provides Dockside Education

Credit Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a sailed back to Auckland this weekend.  It’s where she’ll remain for the next few months until she departs for Australia in April. The crew’s focus now shifts to education, a vital part of the Malama Honua voyage around the world. HPR's Molly Solomon spoke with Manuwai Peters from the state's Department of Education about an upcoming opportunity for dozens of Hawaii teachers.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Pahoa Lava Flow Series

Janet Ikeda owns Jan's Barber and Beauty Shop, the oldest business in Pāhoa.
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Pāhoa: A Town with a Rich Past and an Uncertain Future

September 24, 2014

Officials are saying lava heading towards Pāhoa on Hawaii's Big Island has slowed for now. But that isn't putting anyone at ease. Over the next few days, we’ll hear stories of how people are dealing with this uncertainty. HPR’s Molly Solomon spent some time in Pāhoa, and found a town with a colorful past and an uncertain future.

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Local News
1:42 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Spotty Health Connector Service Leaves Micronesians Waiting

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Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. All week outreach workers have been at health clinics and community events in a final effort to reach the Micronesian community before the deadline. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, not all of these events have gone as planned.

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Local News
11:58 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

From Medicaid to Obamacare: Micronesians Prepare for Coverage Shift

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The deadline to enroll for insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Sunday. That’s a special challenge for more than 7,500 immigrants from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including Micronesia. Starting March 1st, they’ll lose their Medicaid coverage, and will have to find insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how the community is preparing for the shift.

The Hawai‘i Health Connector events for COFA residents are as follows:

Oahu

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Local News
8:27 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Kaiser Strikers Hit The Picket Line

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It’s day four of the Unite Here Local 5 strike and hundreds of Kaiser workers continue to picket outside clinics across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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