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End of Sugar in Hawaii Series

Feb 10, 2017
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Final Harvest Underway As Hawaii Sugar Comes To An End

August 26, 2016

Sugar operations at HC&S on Maui are winding down. Back in January, the state’s last sugar plantation announced plans to close down by the end of the year. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there for what will be the final harvest and has this report.

Life After Cane: The House That Sugar Built

October 5, 2016

Mu‘umu‘u Month: A Tribute

Jan 30, 2017
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This month, a group of women have been using social media to pay tribute to a signature island wear: the mu‘umu‘u. The loose-fitting, flowy dress with bold prints is making a comeback in the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited one woman with a closet full of muumuus and has this report.

Hawaii's Homeless Count Underway

Jan 26, 2017
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hundreds of volunteers have been canvassing the streets across the state. They’re counting homeless individuals and families for the annual Point-In-Time Count. The number plays a role in everything from securing federal funds to helping local agencies get a snapshot of the state of homelessness. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there as the count began and has this report.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Population On The Rise

Jan 25, 2017
NOAA
NOAA

New data reveals some good news for Hawaiian monk seals. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, population numbers for the endangered species are on the rise. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Medium White Tee: A Shirt Shack Fit For a President

Jan 10, 2017
GRT Architects
GRT Architects

These are President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office. After eight years in the White House, many are preparing to bid farewell to the 44th President. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one person who’s showing her appreciation in an unexpected way.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has agreed to retire. The announcement came on Friday after the Honolulu Police Commission emerged from an hour-long executive session, the second closed door meeting in a week.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The future of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha could be determined this Friday. That’s when the Honolulu Police Commission will reconvene to make a decision on the Chief’s employment status. It was the first time the Commission had met since Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving a target letter from the FBI. 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visitors looking to see active lava flowing into the ocean on Hawai‘i’s Big Island will have a new vantage point. Just a few days after a 26-acre lava delta crashed into the sea, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has opened a new viewing area for the public.

Why A Kona Community Stepped Up To Save This Shoreline

Dec 29, 2016
Christina Lizzi
Christina Lizzi

This past July, Governor David Ige signed a new law that creates a 10-year marine reserve across a three and a half mile stretch of coastline in North Kona. That came as a huge relief to the community leaders and residents in the area who have been fighting to protect the shoreline and its resources for decades.

Preserving Kaʻūpūlehu: A Community Effort

Dec 28, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Like so many coastal areas in Hawai‘i, the once plentiful waters off North Kona have seen a decline in marine life over several decades.  As the state wrestles with how to manage these natural resources, some communities are stepping forward with a plan of their own.

In Kakaako, A Growing Urban Farm Reaches New Heights

Dec 27, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Between the high rise buildings and industrial warehouses, a farm is the last thing you’d expect to find in urban Kaka‘ako. But one business is creating a space for growing food in an unexpected way.

Why This Waipahu Homeless Shelter Is Closing Its Doors

Dec 23, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Waipahu homeless shelter is preparing to close its doors for good. Shelter officials at Lighthouse Outreach Center say new regulations adopted by the state are to blame. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Back in the Ocean, Hokulea Departs For Panama

Dec 21, 2016
Oiwi TV/Justyn Ah Chong
Oiwi TV/Justyn Ah Chong

Hōkūle‘a is preparing to depart Key West, Florida. The voyaging canoe will spend the next week and a half sailing across the Caribbean Sea to Panama. We caught up with crew member Brad Wong as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Flickr / Dank Depot
Flickr / Dank Depot

Hawai‘i’s medical marijuana dispensary system is off to a slow start. While the law allowed dispensaries to open back in July, many are now waiting on the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Final Days of Hawaii Sugar Now a Part of History

Dec 13, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The last remaining sugar mill in Hawai‘i wrapped up its final harvest yesterday. Hundreds of workers, families, and community leaders gathered at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company to say goodbye to a crop that shaped the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s Board of Land and Natural Resources approved a one-year permit to Alexander and Baldwin that will allow them to continue diverting water from streams in East Maui. 

AP / US Navy
AP / US Navy

75 years ago, Japan attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The strike killed more than 2,300 people and propelled the United States into World War II. The anniversary brings back memories not just for those in the military but those who lived in Hawaii. Molly Solomon from Hawaii Public Radio brings us some of those voices.

State Announces Plan For Native Tree Disease

Dec 1, 2016
Flickr / Frank Hamm
Flickr / Frank Hamm

Scientists, lawmakers, and representatives from federal agencies gathered at Hawai‘i’s state capital Wednesday for the first-ever Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death Summit. The fungal disease affecting one of Hawai‘i’s most important trees has killed more than 50,000 acres of native ‘ōhi‘a.

Flickr / Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG
Flickr / Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG

A bill to award Filipino World War II veterans with the nation’s highest civilian honor is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Companies Stock Up On Last Of Local Sugar

Nov 28, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

As sugar production winds down in Maui, many Hawai‘i businesses are scrambling for a local alternative. Some are even stockpiling the last bags of Maui sugar while they’re still around.

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes — And a Side of Politics

Nov 24, 2016
Flickr / Stacy Spensley
Flickr / Stacy Spensley

This Thanksgiving, some families will be getting a side of politics alongside their turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s because this year’s holiday comes on the heels of a particularly divisive election. HPR’s Molly Solomon got some tips from a professional on how to best manage divided feelings at the dinner table.

What's The Future of the Honolulu Zoo?

Nov 23, 2016
Flickr / Daniel Ramirez
Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

2016 hasn’t been a great year for the Honolulu Zoo. The city-run facility lost its accreditation back in March and is now looking for its sixth zoo director since 2009. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Maui Workers, Residents Say Goodbye To Sugar

Nov 18, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The crop that once defined Hawai‘i is facing its final harvest. Next month, Hawai‘i Commercial & Sugar Company will close its operations. For many, the industry was more than just a place to work—it represented an entire way of life. HPR’s Molly Solomon recently visited Maui and has this report.

Hawaii Shows Solidarity With Standing Rock Protest

Nov 14, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than a hundred people showed up last week at Kaka‘ako Agora, a gathering place in the developing Honolulu neighborhood. They were there to show solidarity with activists in North Dakota who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Trump Win Stirs Emotional Discussion In Classrooms

Nov 10, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

After a contentious campaign season ending with an unexpected win by Donald Trump, many teachers are faced with a difficult task: how to talk about the results of this election. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that while the vote may be over, conversations in the classroom are just beginning.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A group opposing the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is appealing to the state’s highest court for the second time. The group Mauna Kea Anaina Hou filed a notice of appeal with the Hawaii Supreme Court Monday evening.

Why Hawaii Poke Is Taking The Mainland By Storm

Nov 3, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

According to the Wall Street Journal, poke is one of the culinary trends of 2016. The popular raw-fish dish has taken the mainland by storm, with poke shops popping up across the country. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on why this Hawaiian staple is gaining a national following.

A Taste of Aloha in the Big Apple

Nov 2, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawaiian food is having its moment on the mainland. And it’s not all poke shops. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how one New York restaurant is elevating island favorites.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

A $1.4 billion telescope planned for construction on Mauna Kea could move to another site. Officials from the Thirty Meter Telescope have selected the Canary Islands in Spain as the TMT’s alternate location if a permit for Hawai‘i is not granted by early next year.

Maui Hospitals Transition Set For July 2017

Oct 28, 2016
MAUI MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
MAUI MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER

A date has been set for the transition of three state-run medical facilities on Maui. The Board of Directors of the Maui regional Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation voted that starting July 1, 2017, Kaiser will take over operations. 

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