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
7:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Whales are Back! First Humpback Spotted off Kauai

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  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
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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

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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

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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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Local News
11:25 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Lessons from Marshallese Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Marshallese poet and writer Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and her daughter Matafele. Jetnil-Kijiner recently moved back to Majuro with her family to teach at the College of the Marshall Islands.
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Not everyone growing up in the islands feels the spirit of aloha. The Micronesian experience in Hawai‘i is often defined by feelings of exclusion and discrimination. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, whose writing sheds light on a voice not often heard.

Jetnil-Kijiner was recently selected to speak at the 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York this month. 

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Local News
9:48 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Bees with Altitude Check In at the Hyatt

Credit Hyatt Regency Waikiki

New guests at a Waikīkī hotel are creating some buzz. 80,000 honey bees have taken up residence at the beachfront resort. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to the rooftop colony and has this report.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
9:57 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Hokulea, Hikianalia Arrive Safely in Apia, Samoa

Credit Hōkūleʻa Image ® Polynesian Voyaging Society. Credit Oiwi TV

There’s a new crew aboard the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. The two voyaging canoes  arrived in Apia, Samoa where they’ll attend the United Nations Small Island Developing States — or SIDS— conference. HPR’s Molly Solomon got an update from Oiwi TV co-founder and Hōkūle‘a crew member Nā‘ālehu Anthony … as part of our ongoing coverage, “Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.”

Over the next five weeks, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia will continue on the third leg of their worldwide voyage…traveling to the Phoenix Islands and then back to Samoa. 

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Local News
12:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Back to School: First-Generation College Student Learns the Ropes

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Students are wrapping up their first week of classes across the University of Hawai‘i system. One of those students is 18 year-old Carolyn Phapakdy, the first in her family to go to college. Last year, we introduced you to her on her first day at Leeward Community College. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with her one year later.

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