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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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

Credit Molly Solomon

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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Local News
11:03 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Kauai GMO Law Invalid

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A federal judge has struck down a Kaua‘i County law that would require agribusinesses to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. U.S Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday that Ordinance 960 was invalid because state laws preempt county laws. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
12:21 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Nago Under Fire For Problematic Primary Election

Dozens packed the Elections Commission meeting on Friday to testify on how the state handled the primary election.
Credit Molly Solomon

The Hawai‘i Elections Commission is investigating the state’s primary. Nearly 70 people packed into the commission meeting on Friday, with several calling for chief elections officer Scott Nago to be fired. HPR's Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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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

Credit Molly Solomon

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

Credit Courtesy Hawaiian Electric Companies

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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