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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Flickr / Danielle Scott
Flickr / Danielle Scott

Driving in bumper to bumper traffic is nothing new for residents in Honolulu. When it comes to congested commutes, the city is one of the worst in the country. Now Honolulu officials are turning to the tech community for a solution. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

For more information on Reboot the Commute, visit their website. The hackathon kicks off Friday night at ProtoHUB at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available online.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A series of educational talks are taking people beyond the walls of the classroom and out onto the ‘āina. Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is hosting several talk story sessions across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to one in Hau‘ula, where she visited one of the last remaining heiaus in the Ko'olauloa region.

NOAA / Ralph Pace
NOAA / Ralph Pace

  It’s not just mammals and birds that belong to the warm blooded family. Opah is now believed to be the world’s first known fish to be completely warm-blooded. That’s according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Wegner’s findings are published in the recent issue of Science.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The controversial Thirty Meter Telescope has sparked debate in astronomy departments across the country. Apart from the discussion about the protest itself, questions are being raised about diversity within the astronomy community. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to one university.

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Flickr / janhatesmarcia

Only five teams remain in the running to win up to $2 million to help save the world’s oceans. The finalists are building technology that aims to effectively measure the changing climate under the sea. The teams are currently in Hawai‘i and are set to embark on a 6-day trip off the coast of Oahu to test their innovations at deep sea levels. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.

The ongoing debate over the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope has reverberated beyond the state. Among astronomers, the $1.4 billion project planned atop Mauna Kea has been a point of contention. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a spectrum of opinions and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i is one of the worst states when it comes to preparing its high school students for financial literacy. A study done by The Center for Financial Literacy gave Hawai‘i an “F,” along with 10 other states. HPR’s Molly Solomon looks at some steps being taken to raise that grade.

Flickr / jdnx
Flickr / jdnx

Legislation that would make it easier for transgender people to change genders on their birth certificates is one step closer to becoming law.

Currently, residents who want to amend their birth certificates in Hawaii need to undergo a medical sex change. The new bill would change that process to only require a note from a physician.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs have rescinded their support for the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, changing their 2009 stance on the controversial project. But the board stopped short of opposing the telescope entirely. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

In a statement from the TMT International Observatory Board, Chair Henry Yang says “We are naturally disappointed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has changed its position. However, we are by no means discouraged.” The TMT team plans to continue dialog and engagement with OHA and all other stakeholders.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been three days since Heald College shut their doors, leaving students scrambling to find other options. The Honolulu school was part of an abrupt closure of Corinthian Colleges’ remaining 28 campuses.

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