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
10:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Scientists Discover Massive Tsunami That Struck Hawaii 500 Years Ago

A massive wave strikes a pier in Hilo during the 1946 tsunami.
Credit NOAA

Scientists have found evidence of a massive tsunami that slammed into Hawaii nearly 500 years ago. That’s according to a new study released this week, that’s prompting state officials to re-examine their tsunami evacuation plans. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
12:58 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Hurricane Ana Soaks State, Passing South of the Islands

Rough conditions in Waikiki as heavy rain begins to come down on Oahu Saturday afternoon.
Credit Molly Solomon

Hawai'i residents and visitors were spared a direct hit by a hurricane this weekend. Ana has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is continuing to move on its westward path, away from the islands. HPR's Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
12:01 am
Fri October 17, 2014

The History Behind Naming Hawaiian Hurricanes

Credit NASA

Tropical Storm Ana continues to churn towards Hawai’i. Its name was selected from a list, reserved for storms formed in Hawaiian waters. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look at the history behind the naming of Hawaiian hurricanes.

What’s in a name? In the case of Hawaiian hurricanes -- quite a lot. Robert Ballard is with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. “If the disturbance or tropical depression develops into a named storm between 140°W and the dateline, then it gets a central pacific name.”

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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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