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
7:16 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Fishy Labeling Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

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Mislabeling of seafood is a growing problem that often hits consumers at their wallets. But a new study out of the University of Hawai‘i suggests the impacts could be far more than economic. They might even be hazardous to your health. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

You can read the full report here.

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Local News
12:38 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Elections Commission Set to Review Primary

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The election may be over, but many questions still remain regarding how the office of elections handled the state’s primary. Later this week, the state Elections Commission will take up the issue during a public meeting on Friday. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
7:06 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Voyaging Canoes Sail Through Cook Islands

Hōkūle‘a crew members leaving the island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. They are now on their way to Palmerston Island.
Credit Oiwi TV / Scott Kanda

And now and update from voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. The sister canoes left the island of Aitutaki last week and are making their way through the Cook Islands. Originally the crew had hoped to visit the sanctuary island of Surrarow. But bad weather and rough winds prompted them to change their sail plan. Kālā Baybayan is a crew member aboard Hikianalia.  

The two canoes are now heading towards Palmerston Island, in what will be the longest sail for this second leg of their worldwide voyage, Malama Honua.

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Local News
7:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Papaya Farmers Reeling from Tropical Storm Iselle

Credit Bill Walter

The impacts of Tropical Storm Iselle are also being felt by Hawai‘i Island’s farming community. All week, farmers and ranchers have been assessing their land and putting a dollar amount on damage from the storm. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, one group in particular took a big hit.

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Local News
10:10 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Voices from Puna

Puna resident Christy J. Peace lives in Volcano. Several large pine trees fell down outside their house, knocking out the power and damaging part of the roof.
Credit Christy J. Peace

As we've been reporting over the last several days, the district of Puna on Hawai‘i Island was one of those hardest hit by Tropical Storm Iselle.

As part of our coverage on Hawai‘i Public Radio, we want to let you hear people describe their own experiences in segments we're calling "Voices from Puna."

We are continuing to collect anecdotes from residents in Puna. If you'd like to share your story, send us an email to news@hawaiipublicradio.org or give us a call at (808) 792-8251.

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Local News
9:31 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Looking for Votes in All the Wrong Places

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A special walk-in election will be held Friday for Big Island residents who were unable to vote in Saturday’s primary due to damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. That decision is drawing criticism from folks in Puna, who originally thought they would have 21 days to mail in an absentee ballot. As HPR’S Molly Solomon reports, many are still without water, power and other essential services. Voting in an election is the last thing on their mind.

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Local News
8:52 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

State Sets a Date for Special Election in Puna

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A special walk-in election will be held Friday for Big Island residents who were unable to vote in Saturday’s primary due to damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. Rex Quidilla from the State’s Office of Election says this is the first time they’ve ever had to postpone an election. 

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Local News
12:50 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Hawaii Island: More than 30,000 Residents Lose Power

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Parts of Hawai‘i Island are still feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Iselle. High wind and heavy rain left more than 30,000 people without electricity last night. Chief Darryl Oliveira is an Administrator with the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense. He says HELCO technicians have been working through the night to help get power back across the island.

Chief Oliveira says as power crews work to bring back electricity, parts of the island may experience brief outages. He’s also urging residents not to approach any downed power lines.

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Local News
9:21 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Hotels, Tourists Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

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Hawai‘i is bracing for the landfall of Hurricane Iselle this afternoon on the Big Island. Hotels across the islands are working to make sure a back-up plan is in place and that travelers stay safe and informed. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more…

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Local News
10:27 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Waikiki Residents Prepare for Hurricane Iselle

It was standing room only at a Waikiki neighborhood meeting on hurricane preparedness in anticipation of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio.
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As Hawai‘i waits for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio to make landfall in the islands, many residents living in condominiums are asking how they can get prepared. That was the focus of a packed presentation in Waikīkī, where more than 100 residents gathered on Tuesday. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Here’s a list of supplies for your disaster supply kit. It should contain enough of the following items to last for 7-days:

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