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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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
12:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

A Very Hokulea Christmas

Credit Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha

Crew members from Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia are taking a break from voyaging this week to enjoy the holidays. Over the past six months, the two canoes have traveled across the pacific, visiting ports in Samoa, Tahiti and now New Zealand. And they haven’t come empty-handed. At each port, they’ve given gifts to the different communities that have hosted them. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with crew member Pōmai Bertelmann, as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Lava Picks Up Speed Toward Pahoa Marketplace

Credit USGS

UPDATE: Malama Market, the grocery store at Pāhoa Marketplace, announced it plans to evacuate and close its doors by Thursday, December 18th at 6 p.m. The store, which opened its Pāhoa branch in 2005, will begin the process of packing up the shop on Tuesday.

The lava flow in Pāhoa on the Big Island has picked up speed again, moving about 300 yards since yesterday. It’s now about 1.2 miles from the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Highway 130.

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Local News
12:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Study: More Hawaii Teens Hooked on Electronic Cigarettes

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A new report released today shows the use of electronic cigarettes among teens is growing in Hawai‘i. The study, coming out of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, shows adolescents are smoking e-cigarettes three times the national average. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

The full article published in Pediatrics can be found here.

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Local News
11:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Hawaii Schools Learn to Crack 'Hour of Code'

Credit Molly Solomon

Students at Momilani Elementary have been spending time this week on the computer. But they’re not playing games — they’re learning to write them. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
9:58 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Voyaging Canoes Arrive in Auckland

Oiwi TV / Kaipo Kīʻaha

The voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia have arrived in Auckland, New Zealand. They were joined by a fleet of six traditional Pacific canoes at an opening ceremony, as they entered Auckland’s Okahu Bay. As part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha, HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with Hikianalia crew member Dennis Chun.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps: 

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Local News
9:12 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Nearly 400 Cyclists Celebrate Hawaii's First Protected Bike Lane

Credit Molly Solomon

Oahu’s first protected bike lane opened this weekend. More than 377 cyclists took to the streets at an opening ceremony on South King Street. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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Local News
12:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Marriage Equality in Hawaii: One Year Later

Credit Flickr / Milo Baumgartner

Last December, same sex marriage became legal in Hawai‘i.  The state Department of Health says same-sex marriages make up about 12% of all weddings here, with more than 3000 registered couples in the past year. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with a couple of people…who played very personal -- and very different roles in the story of marriage equality in Hawai‘i.

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Local News
10:03 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials Seek Tips on Suspicious Hawaiian Monk Seal Death

Credit NOAA

State officials are investigating the suspicious death of a baby Hawaiian monk seal on the east side of Kaua‘i. The 5-month old female was found dead from blunt force trauma at a beach in Anahola. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, authorities are now turning to the public for help.

Authorities are urging anyone with information on these monk seal deaths to call the confidential hotline: 1-800-853-1964 OR 1-855-DLNR-TIP.

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Local News
1:58 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Hawaii's First Community Supported Fishery Set to Launch Next Year

Credit Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i could see its first community supported fishery as early as next year. The concept is similar to community supported agriculture, where customers bypass the supermarket and pay farmers directly for a weekly delivery of fresh produce. Now, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, that same idea is making the leap from land to sea.

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Local News
12:01 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Serving Up Thanksgiving Memories, Hawaii-Style

Credit Flickr / InaFrenzy

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner holds a different meaning here in the islands. Turkey baked in an imu could share table space with a plate of kalbi short ribs. And as families across the state get ready for the holiday, we checked in with local residents to hear what a Hawai‘i Thanksgiving means to them.

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