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Families Navigate the Finances of Going to College

Apr 10, 2015
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.

International Students Boost Hawaii Economy

Apr 9, 2015
Flickr / ISCTE
Flickr / ISCTE

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.

Molly Solomon
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.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i Governor David Ige has announced a week-long "time out" for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Governor Ige says he came to this decision after speaking with major stakeholders in the project.

Ige says he plans to use this time for discussion with protestors, who have had a presence on the mountain for the past two weeks. Astronomers call Mauna Kea’s summit one of the world’s best places to see the stars. While environmentalists and native Hawaiians say the sacred ground is in need of protection.

Saving a Species, One Monk Seal at a Time

Apr 6, 2015
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt

Two endangered Hawaiian monk seals have been nursed back to health at the Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital. After spending the past five months at the Kona facility, they were recently returned to their home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, this success story is important in maintaining the survival of this critically endangered species.

Natalie Kurashima

Dozens of arrests were made yesterday on Mauna Kea Access Road. Protesters who oppose the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope have been on the mountain for the past week, blocking access to construction crews. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this update.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Once thought to be lost, the Honouliuli Internment Camp is now a national monument. Yesterday, a dedication ceremony in the Kunia gulch made it official. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined local leaders and several volunteers from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, who have been working for years to preserve what was once the largest internment camp in the state.

Trashing Paradise: Does H-POWER Still Make Sense?

Apr 1, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

All week, we’ve been taking a closer look at how Hawai‘i deals with its waste. It’s part of our series, “Trashing Paradise.” Today we focus on H-POWER, the waste to energy plant on O‘ahu. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the facility where almost all of the island’s trash ends up.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

Report: Construction Gains Smaller Than Expected

Mar 27, 2015
Flickr / jdnx
Flickr / jdnx

The construction industry isn’t growing as quickly as economists had expected. That’s according to a new report by the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization. Despite a surge of activity on Oahu, the annual forecast says residential building permits actually fell last year. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us why.

You can read UHERO's full Construction Forecast report here.

Ned Sato
Ned Sato

A Hawai‘i woman should have graduated from McKinley High School in the spring of 1943. But Sarah Okada Sato’s studies were put on hold when she and her family were forced to relocate to an internment camp on the mainland. This year, the state’s Department of Education sent Sato an honorary diploma, more than seven decades later. HPR’s Molly Solomon has her story.

JABSOM Med School Students Meet Their Match

Mar 23, 2015
Flickr / UHMed
Flickr / UHMed

It’s one of the biggest events in a med student’s life:  Match Day. That’s when fourth year medical students across the country find out where they’ll spend their residencies. Last Friday, 66 graduating students from Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine woke up before dawn, anxiously waiting to find out where they'll start their careers. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Flickr / jxnholt
Flickr / jxnholt

This year hundreds of thousands of historic documents relating to Kaho‘olawe will be published in an online database. Hawaii Public Radio's Molly Solomon has more on preservation efforts that are going digital.

You can get involved in the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission's Virtual Museum Pilot Program by taking a quick survey on what type of artifacts and images you'd like to see.

Malama Market Returns to Pahoa

Mar 19, 2015
Malama Market
Malama Market

It’s been three months since Pāhoa’s Mālama Market closed its doors. Back in December, lava crept within a couple hundred yards of the store. But now, with the lava stalled, the supermarket has reopened. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Mauna Kea Web Cam
Mauna Kea Web Cam

Blizzard like conditions have delayed construction of one of the world’s largest telescopes. The $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope is being built on the summit of Mauna Kea. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that snow, ice and heavy winds have put the project on hold.

Hawaii Schools Brace for Common Core Tests

Mar 9, 2015
Flickr / albertogp123
Flickr / albertogp123

Starting tomorrow, schools across the state will begin a new wave of standardized tests. They're called the Smarter Balanced Assessments and they're part of the national Common Core standards approach. But as HPR's Molly Solomon reports, the tests come with some controversy attached.

Interested in what might be on the Smarter Balanced Assessments? You can take an online practice test here.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Over the next couple decades, as many as 30 mid and high-rise buildings are expected to pop up in Kaka‘ako. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, art is often playing an important role in the marketing of this real estate.

Women Chefs Cook Up Strategies for Success

Mar 2, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Several women are preparing a special meal highlighting female chefs and farmers in Hawai‘i. In the male-dominated restaurant industry, women tend to be under-represented, especially when you consider leadership positions like executive chefs and restaurant owners. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that may be changing…slowly.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Attracting visitors to Hawai‘i has never been a problem for the state where tourism is its main economic driver. But what about attracting students? HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at what the state is doing to improve international enrollment at local universities.

Public Weighs In on Kakaako Makai

Feb 23, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking to the community for input on how it should use the 30 acres of O‘ahu land in Kaka‘ako Makai. The state agency has been holding a series of public meetings across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon attended the first one in Kaka‘ako and has this report.

You can submit testimony online here until March 31st. The schedule of remaining public meetings is below.

Hawai‘i Island

Tuesday, Feb. 24 – Hilo – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UH Hilo Ho‛oulu Terrace Room 127

Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village
Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village

President Obama is expected to announce the designation of three national monuments. One of them is Honouliuli, the largest World War Two internment camp in Hawai‘i. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

It’s a site that’s history was almost forgotten.

Honouliuli Internment Camp remained hidden from view in an Oahu gulch for nearly 60 years. It was one of five camps in the islands where the United States military interned Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Popular Hispanic Market Looks for New Owner

Feb 18, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu's only Hispanic market is up for sale. Store owner Martha Sanchez Romero moved to the islands from Cuernavaca, Mexico in the 1970s. Soon after, she fell in love with a local Korean boy and decided to stay and raise a family. Along the way she opened her Honolulu storefront and has created a loyal following. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Any business-savvy or entrepreneurial folks who are interested in taking over Mercado de la Raza can give Martha a call at 593-2226.

Pahoa Lava Flow Series

Feb 12, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Pāhoa: A Town with a Rich Past and an Uncertain Future

September 24, 2014

Officials are saying lava heading towards Pāhoa on Hawaii's Big Island has slowed for now. But that isn't putting anyone at ease. Over the next few days, we’ll hear stories of how people are dealing with this uncertainty. HPR’s Molly Solomon spent some time in Pāhoa, and found a town with a colorful past and an uncertain future.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. All week outreach workers have been at health clinics and community events in a final effort to reach the Micronesian community before the deadline. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, not all of these events have gone as planned.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The deadline to enroll for insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Sunday. That’s a special challenge for more than 7,500 immigrants from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including Micronesia. Starting March 1st, they’ll lose their Medicaid coverage, and will have to find insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how the community is preparing for the shift.

The Hawai‘i Health Connector events for COFA residents are as follows:

Oahu

Kaiser Strikers Hit The Picket Line

Feb 4, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s day four of the Unite Here Local 5 strike and hundreds of Kaiser workers continue to picket outside clinics across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Hawaii Lawmakers Introduce Prison Reform Bills

Feb 4, 2015
Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety

State lawmakers are considering a handful of bills aimed at reforming Hawai‘i’s prison system. One would create and fund a pilot program that would hire part time workers to make sure weekend visitation days are fully staffed. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Hokulea Visits Ancient New Zealand Canoe

Feb 2, 2015
Oiwi TV / Aina Paikai
Oiwi TV / Aina Paikai

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a recently spent time in Golden Bay, off the coast of South Island in New Zealand. That’s where they paid a special visit to a recently discovered artifact, an ancient canoe scientists believe is 600 years old. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with Hōkūle‘a navigator Kalepa Baybayan, as part of our ongoing series Hōkūle‘a: Voyage of Aloha.

Hundreds Sound Off on Army Downsizing

Jan 29, 2015
Molly Solomon

Nearly 400 people attended the first Army listening session in Waikīkī. The five and a half hour session was the longest yet and brought out vocal members of the community, who testified largely in favor of the Army reductions. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Urban Foraging: On The Hunt in Honolulu

Jan 28, 2015
Molly Solomon

A movement to make better use of food resources already growing in our cities is taking root in the islands. It’s called urban foraging. The goal is to bring more wild foods back into our diet. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report from the streets of Honolulu.

Flickr / AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau
Flickr / AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau

Thousands stand to lose their jobs at Hawai‘i’s military bases, if the Pentagon’s proposed cuts move forward. Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter are among 30 military installations across the country where similar scenarios are playing out. Army officials are gathering public input at a series of listening sessions, including one tomorrow night in Honolulu. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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