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
7:03 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Trashing Paradise: Does H-POWER Still Make Sense?

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All week, we’ve been taking a closer look at how Hawai‘i deals with its waste. It’s part of our series, “Trashing Paradise.” Today we focus on H-POWER, the waste to energy plant on O‘ahu. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the facility where almost all of the island’s trash ends up.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
12:01 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Aotearoa Educators, Students Welcome Hawaii Voyaging Canoes

Polynesian Voyaging Society President and master navigator Nainoa Thompson greets more than 2,000 schoolchildren at Point England Beach.
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Hawai‘i teachers and education officials are back from a trip in New Zealand. They were there alongside the voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia for the first ever Mālama Honua Education Summit. The focus of the trip was how to incorporate innovation and indigenous knowledge into the classroom. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hōkūle‘a will remain in New Zealand for the next few weeks, before departing for Australia.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps: 

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Local News
2:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Report: Construction Gains Smaller Than Expected

While several construction cranes dot the Honolulu skyline, economists say residential permits actually fell last year.
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The construction industry isn’t growing as quickly as economists had expected. That’s according to a new report by the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization. Despite a surge of activity on Oahu, the annual forecast says residential building permits actually fell last year. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us why.

You can read UHERO's full Construction Forecast report here.

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Local News
12:08 am
Thu March 26, 2015

72 Years Later, McKinley High Student Interned in WWII Gets Diploma

Credit Ned Sato

A Hawai‘i woman should have graduated from McKinley High School in the spring of 1943. But Sarah Okada Sato’s studies were put on hold when she and her family were forced to relocate to an internment camp on the mainland. This year, the state’s Department of Education sent Sato an honorary diploma, more than seven decades later. HPR’s Molly Solomon has her story.

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Local News
11:40 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

JABSOM Med School Students Meet Their Match

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It’s one of the biggest events in a med student’s life:  Match Day. That’s when fourth year medical students across the country find out where they’ll spend their residencies. Last Friday, 66 graduating students from Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine woke up before dawn, anxiously waiting to find out where they'll start their careers. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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Local News
11:03 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Virtual Kahoolawe Museum Will Preserve Artifacts Online

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This year hundreds of thousands of historic documents relating to Kaho‘olawe will be published in an online database. Hawaii Public Radio's Molly Solomon has more on preservation efforts that are going digital.

You can get involved in the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission's Virtual Museum Pilot Program by taking a quick survey on what type of artifacts and images you'd like to see.

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Local News
12:25 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Malama Market Returns to Pahoa

A crowd of shoppers waiting to enter Malama Market at its grand reopening, with many lining up as early as 6 a.m.
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It’s been three months since Pāhoa’s Mālama Market closed its doors. Back in December, lava crept within a couple hundred yards of the store. But now, with the lava stalled, the supermarket has reopened. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
12:01 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Celebrating the Sounds and Songs of Hokulea

Credit Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

Hōkūle‘a has returned to the ocean, as it celebrates 40 years of sailing. Over the decades, artists and musicians have been inspired by the traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe. As part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha, HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld to share songs of Hōkūle‘a.

Hōkūle‘a will stay in Auckland, New Zealand for the next month, before she departs for Australia in April, leaving the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

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Local News
6:27 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Snow, Wind and Ice Delay Thirty Meter Telescope Construction

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Blizzard like conditions have delayed construction of one of the world’s largest telescopes. The $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope is being built on the summit of Mauna Kea. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that snow, ice and heavy winds have put the project on hold.

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Local News
12:01 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Hawaii Schools Brace for Common Core Tests

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Starting tomorrow, schools across the state will begin a new wave of standardized tests. They're called the Smarter Balanced Assessments and they're part of the national Common Core standards approach. But as HPR's Molly Solomon reports, the tests come with some controversy attached.

Interested in what might be on the Smarter Balanced Assessments? You can take an online practice test here.

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