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Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Protests have once again delayed construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. Building was slated to resume Wednesday, but a clash between law enforcement and protesters blocking the road, prevented construction crews from reaching the site. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

If you’ve ever been curious about where and how the fish on your dinner plate was caught, now there’s an app for that. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on new technology that’s tracing the fish on your plate back to the sea.

After eyeing the akule appetizer at a Kaimukī restaurant, Jason Chow whips out his smartphone and scans a code on the menu to find out more about the reef fish. “You just scan this QR code,” said Chow. “And you discover who caught it, when it was caught, where it was caught and how.”

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

Construction is about to resume on Mauna Kea. TMT partners announced they plan to resume building the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope starting Wednesday.

Michael Bolte is a TMT board member and an astronomy professor at UC Santa Cruz. He says Governor Ige's recent support of the project and his management plan for the mountain prompted the decision to restart construction. "We felt it was a nice vindication of our approach," said Bolte. "We're ready to get started again."

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Nearly a year ago, lava from Kīlauea started flowing towards the Big Island town of Pāhoa. The lava has since cooled, but has forever changed the landscape of the small town. And as Hawaii Public Radio’s Molly Solomon reports, nowhere is that more apparent than at the Pāhoa Japanese Cemetery.

Flickr / Alexodus
Flickr / Alexodus

State lawmakers spent most of last session crafting rules for a medical marijuana dispensary system in Hawai‘i. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, it has the potential to provide a growing market for entrepreneurs eager to set up shop.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

As the Honolulu City Council continues to debate expanding the sit-lie ban, a new report out of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Urban Regional Planning suggests these laws are doing little to curb homelessness.  The authors surveyed 70 homeless individuals at encampments in Kaka‘ako, A‘ala Park, and Kapālama Canal. 68% reported the sweeps have no effect on them seeking emergency shelter. UH Mānoa graduate student Tai Dunson-Strane co-authored the report.

Jean Revillard/Rezo/Solar Impulse
Jean Revillard/Rezo/Solar Impulse

A plane powered only by the sun will continue on its way to Hawai‘i. The Solar Impulse 2 left China for the Hawaiian Islands two weeks ago, but made an unscheduled stop in Japan due to poor weather. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the plane is now ready to embark on its most challenging leg.

Its wingspan is wider than a 747, and it weighs no more than a large SUV. That’s part of the reason the Solar Impulse 2 has been waiting for the right weather window. Its light weight body makes it energy efficient, but also prone to turbulence.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The sale of Hawaiian Electric to the Florida-based company NextEra Energy passed a key vote Wednesday. Shareholders approved the deal with 76% of outstanding shares voting ‘yes.’ HPR’s Molly Solomon was at the meeting and has this report.

Flickr / Akamai Solar Hawaii
Flickr / Akamai Solar Hawaii

Shareholders of Hawaiian Electric today approved the $4.3 billion sale of the company to Florida-based NextEra Energy. There are still many steps remaining before the deal becomes final, including approval by Hawai‘i’s Public Utilities Commission.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has agreed to hear the ongoing court case involving the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed for Mauna Kea.  Richard Wurdeman, attorney for the Mauna Kea Hui, says this move indicates the court views the issues involved as important for the state.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For residents in Hawai‘i, the start of summer also means the beginning of hurricane season. State and county officials have wasted no time preparing for what’s predicted to be an above average year. All week they’ve been conducting an annual hurricane exercise called Makani Pāhili, which means ‘strong wind.’ HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been one week since Governor David Ige told the University of Hawaii to do a better job of managing land atop Mauna Kea. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with school officials who laid out a tentative plan for future changes on the mountain.

The University of Hawaii's full statement on the management plan for Mauna Kea can be found here.

HSTA
HSTA

A new election will take place tomorrow to decide who will head the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association. Last week a state judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the re-vote. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

25% of the telescopes atop Mauna Kea may come down in the next decade. That’s part of the policy change Governor Ige outlined earlier this week on the future management of the mountain. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more on how this will impact the astronomy community.

Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.

Hawaii Governor David Ige announced his support of the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope and believes the project may proceed with construction. He also laid out his plan for future development on Mauna Kea, calling on the University of Hawai‘i to be better stewards of the land. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on reaction to the Governor’s remarks.

Governor Ige's prepared comments on Mauna Kea:

Flickr / Danielle Scott
Flickr / Danielle Scott

Driving in bumper to bumper traffic is nothing new for residents in Honolulu. When it comes to congested commutes, the city is one of the worst in the country. Now Honolulu officials are turning to the tech community for a solution. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

For more information on Reboot the Commute, visit their website. The hackathon kicks off Friday night at ProtoHUB at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available online.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A series of educational talks are taking people beyond the walls of the classroom and out onto the ‘āina. Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is hosting several talk story sessions across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to one in Hau‘ula, where she visited one of the last remaining heiaus in the Ko'olauloa region.

NOAA / Ralph Pace
NOAA / Ralph Pace

  It’s not just mammals and birds that belong to the warm blooded family. Opah is now believed to be the world’s first known fish to be completely warm-blooded. That’s according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Wegner’s findings are published in the recent issue of Science.

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The controversial Thirty Meter Telescope has sparked debate in astronomy departments across the country. Apart from the discussion about the protest itself, questions are being raised about diversity within the astronomy community. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to one university.

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Flickr / janhatesmarcia

Only five teams remain in the running to win up to $2 million to help save the world’s oceans. The finalists are building technology that aims to effectively measure the changing climate under the sea. The teams are currently in Hawai‘i and are set to embark on a 6-day trip off the coast of Oahu to test their innovations at deep sea levels. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp.

The ongoing debate over the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope has reverberated beyond the state. Among astronomers, the $1.4 billion project planned atop Mauna Kea has been a point of contention. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a spectrum of opinions and has this report.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i is one of the worst states when it comes to preparing its high school students for financial literacy. A study done by The Center for Financial Literacy gave Hawai‘i an “F,” along with 10 other states. HPR’s Molly Solomon looks at some steps being taken to raise that grade.

Flickr / jdnx
Flickr / jdnx

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.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

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.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

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.

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.

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.

Molly Solomon
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.

Polynesian Voyaging Society
Polynesian Voyaging Society

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: 

Molly Solomon
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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