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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Oiwi TV / Bryson Hoe
Oiwi TV / Bryson Hoe

Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a has arrived safely in Bali, Indonesia. This trip marks the first time the canoe has sailed in the Indian Ocean, but as Hōkūle‘a captain Nainoa Thompson explains, this trip is in many ways a journey home.

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Hawaii Department of Health
Hawaii Department of Health

The state and Matson Navigation Co. have agreed on a $15.4 million settlement. The Hawai‘i-based shipping company was responsible for a leak in 2013 that released more than 230,000 gallons of molasses, devastating coral and marine life in Honolulu Harbor.  And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s one of the largest settlements of its kind.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hundreds of sailors and Marines were killed on board the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were remembered at a ceremony Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, for hundreds of families, it’s a first step towards closure.

The only sounds at the service were the marching steps of an honor detail. The soldiers raised their arms in salute after draping an American flag over one of five coffins at the national cemetery, where they have laid for decades.

Rich Wlosinski
Rich Wlosinski

With an active hurricane season expected this year, communities in East Hawai‘i are once again focusing their efforts on the invasive albizia tree. Last year’s Tropical Storm Iselle toppled many of the trees, downing power lines, blocking roads and damaging homes. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many are worried the next big storm could bring similar results.

Honolulu Ethics Commission
Honolulu Ethics Commission

The Honolulu Ethics Commission votes today on whether or not to rescind a controversial media policy. Critics say it effectively silences the Executive Director and commission staff from speaking to reporters. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Flickr / Geordie Mott
Flickr / Geordie Mott

Measles is a virus often associated with children. But a form of measles could threaten one of the state’s critically endangered marine mammals. And that’s got officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jumping into action. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Oiwi TV
Oiwi TV

A new Hōkūle‘a crew recently left Darwin, Australia, entering the Indian Ocean for the first time. The voyaging canoe is now on its way to Bali, Indonesia. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with apprentice navigator Jenna Ishii as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hokulea is expected to reach Bali in early August.

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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been two weeks since O‘ahu’s plastic bag ban went into effect. But not everybody is happy with the results. Environmentalists say a loophole in the new law allows retailers to still use plastic bags. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Solar Impulse | Revillard
Solar Impulse | Revillard

The solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world will remain grounded at Honolulu’s Kalaeloa Airport until at least April of next year. The team behind the Solar Impulse 2 says overheated batteries have caused irreversible damage to the plane. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 to approve an emergency rule that would restrict access on Mauna Kea and forbid camping materials. State officials made the decision after more than 8 hours of public testimony. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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