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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Flickr / Robin Wendler
Flickr / Robin Wendler

Researchers say the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population is on the rise. But so is the threat of a fatal virus that could wipe out the native species if it reaches Hawai‘i. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on new efforts to prevent a future outbreak.

In case you’ve ever wondered how to vaccinate a wild Hawaiian monk seal, the first thing you’ll need is one of these. “This is a pole-syringe,” said Michelle Barbieri, holding up a 4-foot long spring loaded pole. She’s a veterinarian for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian monk seal program.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Hawai‘i nonprofit made up of local builders and developers is working to address homelessness. HomeAid Hawai‘i, in partnership with the Building Industry Association, began last summer and has raised funds to dramatically cut costs for its first three projects. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more…

Natalie Kurashima
Natalie Kurashima

Thirty Meter Telescope Protesters Arrested on Mauna Kea

April 3, 2015

Dozens of arrests were made yesterday on Mauna Kea Access Road. Protesters who oppose the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope have been on the mountain for the past week, blocking access to construction crews. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this update.

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

April 21, 2015

Merrie Monarch Festival
Merrie Monarch Festival

With Merrie Monarch approaching late next month, hula hālau across the state are beginning to prepare for the upcoming festival on Hawai‘i Island. For some that means gathering plants and flowers that represent the mele, or song. It’s a tradition that’s brought countless hālau into native ‘ōhi‘a forests, where the lehua blossom grows. But a rapidly spreading disease is prompting some to call for an all-out ban this year. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV / Justyn Ah Chong

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a is back in the water, this time en route to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The canoe departed Brazil over the weekend and will sail the 2400 miles to the island of St. John in the Caribbean Sea. We caught up with apprentice navigator Brad Wong as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps:

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The saying goes, “The Bay Calls The Day.” But it turns out Wednesday was not that day. Shortly after 6 am, event organizers cancelled the Eddie Aikau big wave contest, after an expected swell failed to arrive at Waimea Bay. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

As the sun rose over Waimea Bay, it was clear to thousands of spectators who packed the beach early Wednesday morning: The Eddie would not go. “Everybody’s down here,” said event director Glen Moncata. “It’s like a party but the guest of honor didn’t decide to show up this time.”

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s north shore is expecting a huge swell today, bringing waves big enough to hold The Eddie for the first time in six years. The contest is named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau, who was also the first lifeguard stationed at Waimea Bay. Today there are three, with more than 25 along the North Shore. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, there’s a renewed focus on their working hours.

Jason Bitzer rushes into the water about once a day. "Today we had one rescue for two people," he said. "So it was an average day."

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A new homeless shelter in Honolulu is banking on the idea that fewer rules could lead to more people off the streets. The Sand Island facility, called Hale Mauliola, has been in business for three months now. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to see how things are going.

Patricia Thomas welcomes me into her home, a bright blue shipping container at Sand Island’s Hale Mauliola navigation center. "This is for a couple, two beds," she said. "They supply the furnishings, you're not sleeping on the ground."

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Say goodbye to the Year of the Goat. Starting Monday, we’ll officially enter the Year of the Monkey. Lions and dragons will take to the streets this weekend in Chinatown to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Festival officials say the event brings tens of thousands of tourists and local residents to the area, where everything from good luck charms to char siu jin dui is for sale. Leonard Kam is the past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. He’s chairing this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson
Oiwi TV / Jason Patterson

It’s been more than a month since voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a left Cape Town, South Africa. Crew members on board say they’re just days away from reaching the coast of Brazil. We got an update from navigator Kaleo Wong as part of our ongoing series, Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

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