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
10:34 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Still Plenty to Protest for UH Grad Students

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UH Mānoa graduate students saw one victory after staging a student protest on Monday. University officials announced there would be no cuts to teaching assistantships next semester in the College of Natural Sciences. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the future remains highly uncertain.

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Local News
12:03 am
Mon November 17, 2014

UH Manoa Grad Students Hit Hard by Budget Cuts

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Graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa are protesting possible cuts to their departments. They’re leading a protest today in hopes of some answers. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Local News
1:11 am
Fri November 14, 2014

City Sweep Forces Homeless Off Streets in Kakaako

Most of the homeless living in the Kakaako neighborhood are families. 3-year-old Talia Martin helps her family pack up their belongings in the spot they've lived on Ohe St. for more than a year.
Molly Solomon

Five days a week, city workers hit the streets to conduct sweeps on Honolulu sidewalks. It’s part of a controversial ordinance that went into effect last July, that allows officials to clear streets occupied by the homeless and their belongings. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there as one was taking place in Kaka‘ako Thursday morning, where some believe a "Hawaii Five-0" shoot is to blame. 

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Local News
7:28 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Draft Report Says Navy Must Double Line Red Hill Tanks

Back in March, Capt. Mark Wheeler and Capt. Mike Williamson brief Rep. Chris Lee and Sen. Mike Gabbard on the Red Hill fuel leak.
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A draft report by the Red Hill Facility Task Force is urging the Navy to double line all of its underground fuel tanks in the next 10 years. But navy officials say that timeline is unreasonable. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the story.

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Local News
10:44 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Why a Pahoa Bookstore is Staying Open

The lava flow creeping through Pāhoa continues to remain active, claiming its first residential home earlier this week. Many residents have already packed up and left the area, but as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, some businesses have chosen to stay.
Molly Solomon

The lava flow creeping through Pāhoa continues to remain active, claiming its first residential home earlier this week. Many residents have already packed up and left the area, but as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, some businesses have chosen to stay.

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Hokule’a: Voyage of Aloha
11:08 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Hokulea En Route to New Zealand

Credit Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

And now an update from Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia. The sister canoes are on their way to the last stop of this leg of their journey around the world…New Zealand, or Aotearoa. HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with Ka‘iulani Murphy, a learning navigator on board Hōkūle‘a, as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

The 1,500 nautical mile trip across the Pacific marks the first time Hōkūle‘a has returned to New Zealand since 1985. Following a welcoming ceremony in Aotearoa, the next crew will continue on to Auckland.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps: 

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Local News
4:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Family History Survives Lava in Pāhoa Cemetery

Aiko Sato and her aunt Eiko Kajiyama's family grave is still visible after the lava flow covered the Pāhoa Japanese Cemetery.
Credit Molly Solomon

Of the many stories of loss and change that surround the lava flow moving to isolate parts of Pāhoa, few rival the story of the Buddhist cemetery just outside town The century-old graveyard is home to primarily Japanese immigrants, many of whom worked in the sugar cane fields that once bordered the town. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited Pāhoa last week and has this story of one family’s history, forever changed by the lava.

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Local News
11:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Maui Ballot Initiative to Ban GMOS Passes

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A Maui County ban on genetically modified crops pulled off a stunning turnaround late Tuesday night. After trailing by 19 points in the first two printouts, the ballot initiative took the lead, passing by more than 1000 votes.

The new legislation would put a temporary moratorium on GMO crops, until a study is done to analyze the health and environmental impacts on the county.

Ashley Lukens is the Hawaii program director for the Center for Food Safety, a national organization that supports stronger regulation on GMO’s.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Planning to take an Election Day selfie? Think again.

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In the age of the selfie, we’ve grown accustomed to documenting every part of our lives, including who we vote for. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, posting a photo of yourself this Election Day, could land you in jail.

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Local News
12:28 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Voices From Pahoa: Claire Napeahi

Credit USGS

As lava continues to flow into residential properties in Pahoa, mixed emotions are being felt in the community. Some are anxiously awaiting Pele’s arrival fearing the destruction she may bring. Others view her presence as an honor. HPR’s Molly Solomon is in Pahoa and shares one perspective.

Hawaii County Civil Defense and public safety personnel are working 24/7 in the area to maintain close observations of the lava flow.

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