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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This year’s heat wave has brought record temperatures to the islands. Much of it felt inside the state’s sweltering classrooms, where most are without central air conditioning. Those high temperatures bring more than just discomfort for students, they can also be dangerous. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

USGS
USGS

Lava flowing from Kīlauea is the subject of a new study. Researchers from Hawai‘i and the mainland are partnering on a three-year project to better understand active volcanoes. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it could lead to improved predictions and disaster preparedness.

Dealing with an active lava flow can be unpredictable. Pāhoa residents learned this firsthand, after spending months in limbo as lava neared the Big Island town. A new study may pinpoint ways to better assess volcanoes.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

15,000 people in Hawai‘i currently live with epilepsy. The condition causes recurrent seizures inside the brain, but a new technology is giving hope to patients. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Jesse Cabillon doesn’t remember exactly when the seizures began. That’s because he was six weeks old when his parents first started to notice unusual behavior. "My parents said I would turn to my side and my eyes would roll back," said Jesse, now 30 year-old.

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Flickr / hjl

You’re not alone in thinking that it’s been a hot summer. The mercury rose to 93 degrees in Honolulu three times last month, tying the record for the hottest daily temperature for August. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the heat and humidity aren’t expected to end anytime soon.  

Just about everyone is complaining about the weather. And with good reason. "We've seen quite a few records being broken beginning in June and continuing through the summer months," said Chris Brenchley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

NOAA
NOAA

We’re halfway through Hawai‘i’s hurricane season and we’ve already seen nine tropical cyclones. Fortunately, none have posed a serious threat to the islands and no tropical storm or hurricane warnings have been issued so far. But state officials worry not only about the rest of the season - but also about fatigue and a dangerous complacency. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One of Hawai‘i’s most popular beaches is back in business. Honolulu city officials announced the reopening of Waikīkī and Ala Moana Beach after test results revealed nearshore waters were no longer contaminated. And while the beaches were closed for two days, tourism officials are hopeful it won’t impact the image of Hawai‘i as a visitor destination. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

For many tourists in Waikīkī, this week was not the Hawai‘i vacation they had anticipated.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A massive sewage spill has shut down miles of beaches along Waikīkī and Ala Moana. Flooding from heavy rains caused more than 500,000 gallons of sewage to overflow from manholes near Ala Moana Center. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Half a million gallons of wastewater spilled onto Honolulu streets and quickly flowed into public parks and waterways. That prompted city officials to shut down Ala Moana Beach Park and close shorelines along Waikīkī.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Organizers of a plan to create a bike-sharing network in Honolulu have identified four possible vendors and are looking to select one by late fall. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, they’re now turning to the public for feedback.

Flickr/Jim Mullhaupt
Flickr/Jim Mullhaupt

More protections are on the way for the Hawaiian monk seal. Federal officials issued a final rule on the marine mammal’s critical habitat, expanding it by nearly 7,000 square miles. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the new rule could go a long way in helping the endangered species survive.

Read the full ruling here:

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Flickr/Guillaume Paumier

Dozens of tourism officials are meeting today in Waikīkī to discuss LGBT travel in Hawai‘i. Hotels, tour groups, and local businesses are hoping to better promote the islands as a destination for the gay market. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many question whether the state tourism agency is doing enough.

Jack Law is no stranger to the LGBT traveler. His popular gay bar, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, has been a mainstay at the edge of Waikīkī since 1974. He says back then, Hawai‘i was one of the top destinations for gay travelers.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i longline fishermen have hit their annual limit for bigeye tuna in Pacific waters, in the Western and Central Pacific region on August 5 and more recently in the Eastern Pacific for larger vessels. That doesn’t mean there won’t be tuna at local stores and restaurants. But it does mean some changes. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Michael Keany
Michael Keany

Kaka‘ako is a neighborhood in transition, but not for the first time. A different kind of walking tour highlights the sights and sounds of an older Kaka‘ako. HPR’s Molly Solomon hit the pavement and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Two hospitals serving some of Oahu's most vulnerable patients are in financial crisis. Leahi and Maluhia hospitals have frozen admissions and are cutting staff. They're also reducing the number of available beds by 25-percent, a decision that will have a broader impact for medical care around the island. 

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Flickr/Thomas Shahan 3

New research suggests small-scale fisheries could have big benefits for local communities. That’s according to a new study that highlights the economic impact of community supported reef fisheries. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It has attracted thousands of astronomers from around the world. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the International Astronomical Union hosted this year by Hawai‘i, is attracting some protesters as well.

Hawaii Department of Health
Hawaii Department of Health

The state and Matson Navigation Co. have agreed on a $15.4 million settlement. The Hawai‘i-based shipping company was responsible for a leak in 2013 that released more than 230,000 gallons of molasses, devastating coral and marine life in Honolulu Harbor.  And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it’s one of the largest settlements of its kind.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hundreds of sailors and Marines were killed on board the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were remembered at a ceremony Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, for hundreds of families, it’s a first step towards closure.

The only sounds at the service were the marching steps of an honor detail. The soldiers raised their arms in salute after draping an American flag over one of five coffins at the national cemetery, where they have laid for decades.

Rich Wlosinski
Rich Wlosinski

With an active hurricane season expected this year, communities in East Hawai‘i are once again focusing their efforts on the invasive albizia tree. Last year’s Tropical Storm Iselle toppled many of the trees, downing power lines, blocking roads and damaging homes. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many are worried the next big storm could bring similar results.

Honolulu Ethics Commission
Honolulu Ethics Commission

The Honolulu Ethics Commission votes today on whether or not to rescind a controversial media policy. Critics say it effectively silences the Executive Director and commission staff from speaking to reporters. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Flickr / Geordie Mott
Flickr / Geordie Mott

Measles is a virus often associated with children. But a form of measles could threaten one of the state’s critically endangered marine mammals. And that’s got officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jumping into action. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been two weeks since O‘ahu’s plastic bag ban went into effect. But not everybody is happy with the results. Environmentalists say a loophole in the new law allows retailers to still use plastic bags. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Solar Impulse | Revillard
Solar Impulse | Revillard

The solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world will remain grounded at Honolulu’s Kalaeloa Airport until at least April of next year. The team behind the Solar Impulse 2 says overheated batteries have caused irreversible damage to the plane. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 to approve an emergency rule that would restrict access on Mauna Kea and forbid camping materials. State officials made the decision after more than 8 hours of public testimony. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The University of Hawaii has released logs kept by Mauna Kea rangers and employees at the visitors center. The documents come ahead of today's Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting. On the agenda is an emergency rule that would prohibit camping and restrict nighttime access on the mountain.

The logs allege concerns of safety, threats to natural resources, and hostile comments towards visitors and employees since the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope began back in March.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Serving in the military is a job that’s both demanding and dangerous. And for some, returning to civilian life can be just as challenging. This week, Schofield Barracks held its first ever Transition Summit, a three-day event that aims to help soldiers adjust to life after service. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

State officials are proposing emergency rules that would prohibit camping and restrict nighttime access on Mauna Kea. Hawai‘i’s Board of Land and Natural Resources plans to vote on the issue this Friday. But opponents say the new rules unfairly target TMT protesters and would violate the rights of cultural practitioners. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Solar Impulse
Solar Impulse

A plane attempting to fly around the world, powered only by the sun, has landed safely in Hawai‘i. The 4,000 mile flight over the Pacific Ocean was the plane’s longest and most challenging leg. 

The Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg emerged from the cockpit, as the sun began to rise over Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu. Borschberg had spent the last 118 hours alone in the air, nearly five full days flying from Japan.

Hawaii State Archives
Hawaii State Archives

This morning Hawai‘i welcomed the Solar Impulse 2, a sun-powered plane attempting to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel.  The plane landed at sunrise at Honolulu’s Kalaeloa Airport. The record-breaking journey is just the latest memorable flight in a state with a rich aviation history. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look back at the story of air travel in the islands.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu County grocery shoppers will no longer be asked the question: paper or plastic? Starting tomorrow, O‘ahu will become the final county in the state to enforce a plastic bag ban. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Students in Nānākuli are spending the summer learning about the environment in their own backyard. The Mālama ‘Āina Field School is a hands-on summer program that focuses on getting more students engaged and excited about science and math. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the camp and has this report.

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