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
1:57 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Lawmakers Advance Transgender Birth Certificate Bill

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Legislation that would make it easier for transgender people to change genders on their birth certificates is one step closer to becoming law.

Currently, residents who want to amend their birth certificates in Hawaii need to undergo a medical sex change. The new bill would change that process to only require a note from a physician.

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Local News
9:19 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

OHA Rescinds Support for Thirty Meter Telescope

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs have rescinded their support for the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, changing their 2009 stance on the controversial project. But the board stopped short of opposing the telescope entirely. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

In a statement from the TMT International Observatory Board, Chair Henry Yang says “We are naturally disappointed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has changed its position. However, we are by no means discouraged.” The TMT team plans to continue dialog and engagement with OHA and all other stakeholders.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Heald College Students Search For Answers After Campus Closures

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It’s been three days since Heald College shut their doors, leaving students scrambling to find other options. The Honolulu school was part of an abrupt closure of Corinthian Colleges’ remaining 28 campuses.

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Local News
10:40 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Prison Culinary Program Serves Up Job Skills, Confidence

WCCC Culinary Class with their instructor Chef Lee Shinsato in the middle, and assistant instructor Chef Mark Gonzalez on the far left.

Knowing your way around the kitchen may not seem like an obvious pathway out of prison. But at the Women’s Community Correctional Center on O‘ahu, a culinary program aims to provide inmates with job skills that will hopefully keep them from returning behind bars. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Religion
9:58 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

Native Hawaiians dance in honor of Mauna Kea at the base of Pu'u Huluhulu on the Big Island.
Molly Solomon NPR

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:27 am

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope.

This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a giant telescope on the island of Hawaii to be a desecration of their sacred land.

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Local News
11:56 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Mauna Kea: a Mountain in Discord

Several hula halaus danced in honor of Mauna Kea at the base of Pu'u Huluhulu.
Credit Molly Solomon

While construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope remains stalled for now, protesters of the project continue to hold vigil on Mauna Kea. What happens next remains unclear.

On an overcast morning, caravans of dancers make their way 9,200 feet above sea level, to the site of the protester’s camp, across the street from Mauna Kea’s Visitor Information Center. Many of them are fresh off the stage from Merrie Monarch, the three-day hula competition in Hilo.

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Local News
12:01 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Hokulea Prepares to Leave Pacific Waters

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Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia have spent the past five months in New Zealand, and are preparing to go their separate ways for the first time. Hikianalia will return to Hawai‘i and Hōkūle‘a will continue on to Australia. HPR’s Molly Solomon checked in with master navigator Kalepa Baybayan, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hikianalia begins her first leg home, and will head to Tahiti on Tuesday. The Hōkūle‘a crew plans to depart for Australia at the end of the month. 

Follow the two voyaging canoes on Google Maps: 

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Local News
1:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Families Navigate the Finances of Going to College

Erin Mendoza (center) with her mom Lucy (left) at a financial aid assistance workshop in Nanakuli.
Credit Molly Solomon

By now, most seniors in high school have found out where they’ll be going to college in the fall. But the question of how to pay for it remains a challenge for many families. And that conversation usually begins with a single form. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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Local News
9:49 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

International Students Boost Hawaii Economy

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International students who come to Hawai‘i to study contribute more than $205 million to the state’s economy. That’s according to a new report from the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, or DBEDT. But while the number of foreign students on the mainland has risen dramatically, the growth in Hawai‘i has been flat. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Local News
9:39 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

TMT Opponents Urge OHA to Rescind Support for Telescope

TMT opponent Liko Martin testifies in song before the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.
Credit Molly Solomon

Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea brought their concerns to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Thursday.

A handful of protesters asked the Board of Trustees to rescind support for the $1.3 billion project. ‘Ilima Long is with the organization MANA, or Movement for Aloha No ka Aina

In 2009, OHA’s board unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the TMT. And last July, trustees decided not to file a request for a contested case hearing in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope sublease.

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