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
12:01 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Searching for Family Roots in Pahoa

Pahoa Japanese Cemetery
Credit Molly Solomon

As the lava flow from Kīlauea threatens to hit the town of Pāhoa, the potential cutting off of memories is also a concern. As part of our ongoing series, HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a personal look at what that means to people who may never be able to go back.

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Local News
11:44 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Remembering Kalapana: Looking Back at What Was Lost

What remains of Kalapana
Credit Erin Datlof

The town of Pāhoa on Hawaii's Big Island is making preparations to deal with the possibility of a lava flow. And while it’s stalled for now, officials are continuing to monitor the active flow, where a breakout continues to move. It’s a familiar story for residents in that area, many of whom have gone through this once before. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
10:54 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Pāhoa: A Town with a Rich Past and an Uncertain Future

Janet Ikeda owns Jan's Barber and Beauty Shop, the oldest business in Pāhoa.
Credit Molly Solomon

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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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
12:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Hokulea, Hikianalia Heading Back to Pago Pago

Credit Oiwi TV / Sam Kapoi

The voyaging canoes Hōkūlea and Hikianalia are wrapping up their time in Samoa. The crew departed from Swains Island last week and are on their way to Pago Pago in American Samoa. ‘Ōiwi TV editor and Hikianalia crewmember Maui Tauotaha gave us an update as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps: 

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Local News
7:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Whales are Back! First Humpback Spotted off Kauai

Credit NOAA

  Hawaii said aloha to the first of its winter vacationers. The first humpback whale of the season was spotted Monday in waters off of Kaua‘i. Chandra Bertsch is the general manager of the tour company Holo Holo Charters. 

The sighting was two weeks earlier than last year, when the first whale was spotted October 4. But it’s not the earliest -- 2 years ago humpbacks were seen as early as late August.

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Local News
7:08 am
Wed September 17, 2014

One Year Later, What Do We Know About The Molasses Spill?

Keehi Lagoon at Honolulu Harbor
Credit Molly Solomon

This month marks a year since more than a quarter million gallons of molasses was released in Honolulu Harbor. The massive spill, last September, resulted in the death of nearly 26,000 fish and marine life. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look back, one year later.

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Local News
6:19 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

BLNR Approves City's Proposed Sand Island Homeless Site

Credit Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s Board of Land and Natural Resources gave the green light for the city’s plan to temporarily create a homeless site on Sand Island. The board voted 5 - 1 to approve a three-year lease of the land, free of charge. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
7:19 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Stormwater Violations

Credit Flickr / wallyg

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation has been slapped with a $1.2 million fine for stormwater violations at Honolulu and Kalaeloa harbors. The state agency must pay the penalty and correct procedures to make sure they comply with the federal Clean Water Act. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
12:01 am
Wed September 10, 2014

City Plans Public Meeting on Sand Island Homeless Site

The site of the proposed Sand Island Housing First Center.
Credit Molly Solomon

Honolulu residents will get an opportunity to sound off on a new plan to temporarily move homeless people to Sand Island. The city will hold a community meeting tonight to discuss the proposal…one of several aimed at dealing with Hawai‘i’s growing homeless problem. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
9:44 am
Mon September 8, 2014

9th Circuit to Hear Gay Marriage Cases from Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho

Same-sex marriage supporters rally at the State Capitol last year during a special session.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

Today, the 9th District Circuit Court will take up the issue of marriage equality. The San Francisco-based courtroom will hear oral arguments concerning a law banning same sex marriage in Hawai‘i. The appeal is from 2011, two years before the state legalized gay marriage during a special legislative session. The court will also consider marriage equality cases from Idaho and Nevada.

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