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
12:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Back to Reality: Researchers Return from Mars Study

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A crew of scientists is coming back to the real world this week. They’ve been living inside a remote habitat 8,200 feet atop Mauna Loa. They’re part of a NASA-funded study to simulate what it’s like to live on Mars. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
11:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Hawaii Watchdogs Award 'Rusty Scalpel' to Turtle Bay Deal

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The legislative session may be over, but good government groups are still sifting through bills that were introduced this year. Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of Hawai‘i are calling attention to the practice called “gut-and-replace” or “Frankenstein” bills. That’s where the contents are so drastically changed, they no longer resemble their original form. This year they even gave an award to the most egregious example. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
12:11 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Federal Court Hearing on Kauai's GMO Bill

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The legal battle over GMOs continues. Today a U.S. district court judge will take up the case of a lawsuit filed by 4 large agribusinesses against the county of Kaua‘i. They’re suing to overturn a new law that would require them to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
12:11 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Program Connects Low-Income Seniors With Fresh Produce

Customers line up at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market.
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Buying local can often come at a price. But a few incentive programs are encouraging shoppers to support Hawai‘i-grown produce. One of them targets older adults on a fixed income --- making it easier for our kūpuna to get their fair share of fresh fruits and veggies. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
3:22 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hawaiian Sovereignty Group Responds to DOI Hearings

A couple dozen people from MANA gathered in front of the Queen Lili‘uokalani statue downtown to respond to the recent Department of Interior hearings.
Credit Molly Solomon

The U.S. Department of Interior wrapped up its series of hearings last week in Hawaii, but the conversation that’s been started is far from over. A group of organizers dedicated to Hawaiian independence called Movement for Aloha No Ka ‘Āina or MANA, gathered in downtown Honolulu yesterday to discuss the issue of sovereignty. MANA organizer ‘Ilima Long says the group doesn’t want federal recognition and argues the Hawaiian kingdom still exists under international law.

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Local News
10:43 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Surf’s Up: Wounded Warriors Take to the Waves

Sgt. Tim Hilton gets ready to head into the water for a surf session at White Plains Beach. He's been in the Warrior Transition Battalion since January.
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Military soldiers took to the water this past weekend to heal both physical and emotional wounds. Surf therapy is part of a program that helps wounded warriors begin the road to recovery. HPR’s Molly Solomon spent some time on the shores of Oahu and has this report.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
11:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Hokule’a, Hikianalia Begin Second Leg of Voyage

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia landed in Mo‘orea last week and have begun the second leg of their voyage around the world.
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There’s a new crew aboard the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. The two canoes have reached Mo‘orea and are now on the second leg of their voyage around the world. HPR’s Molly Solomon got an update from crew member Kaimana Barcarse as part of our ongoing series, “Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.”

The two canoes will leave Mo‘orea and continue through the Society Islands, the Cook Islands and on to Samoa at the end of August. You can also follow the journey of the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia online.

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Local News
1:18 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bring on the Slime: Local Residents Go Nuts for Natto!

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It's been described as slimy, stringy, and its smell has drawn comparisons to dirty socks. Natto -- or Japanese fermented soybeans -- carries a reputation that is often less than desirable. But here in Hawai‘i, a loyal group of natto fans are celebrating the fermented dish. Every year on July 10th, natto lovers gather to commemorate Natto Day, usually over a bowl of the pungent beans. HPR's Molly Solomon thought this under-appreciated ingredient deserved a closer look.

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Local News
1:10 am
Wed July 9, 2014

When Speed Dating Gets Political

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You don’t usually think of politics and speed dating as something that’s likely to go together. But last night, a candidate forum with a twist gave Hawai‘i voters the chance to get up close and personal with six of the seven running mates for the states 1st Congressional District. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

State Prepares for Looming Voter Registration Deadline

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The clock is ticking for Hawaii residents who have one more day to register to vote in the August primary elections.

State officials are hoping to increase voter turnout this year by setting up drive-thru voter registration events today and tomorrow.

Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago says the process is so simple, you don’t even need to step out of your car.

2014 Drive-Thru Voter Registration locations:

Hawaii                  

9 am - 4:30 pm.: Kona Kmart, Pahoa Marketplace and the Old GMC building in Hilo

Kauai

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