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Bittersweet End to Cane Plantation Days

Jan 6, 2016
Flickr / Averain
Flickr / Averain

Hawai‘i’s last sugar plantation is closing. Alexander and Baldwin announced Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui will stop producing sugar by the end of the year. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports...

Once upon a time in Hawai‘i, sugar was king. The industry powered politics, wealth, and helped form the identity of the Aloha State’s population. The closing of the sugar operations of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company signifies the end of an era.

Thanksgiving Turkey, Hawaii Style!

Nov 26, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, nothing is more local than a turkey served up imu-style. Last night hundreds of birds were placed in underground ovens, called imus. They steam overnight on hot lava rocks, covered with layers of banana leaf. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the results are delicious!

Hawaii's Longline Bigeye Quota Puts Ahi Season On Ice

Aug 14, 2015
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.

Flickr/Thomas Shahan 3
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.

Fish Tracking App Connects Consumers To Their Catch

Jun 24, 2015
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.”

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.

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.

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.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i could see its first community supported fishery as early as next year. The concept is similar to community supported agriculture, where customers bypass the supermarket and pay farmers directly for a weekly delivery of fresh produce. Now, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, that same idea is making the leap from land to sea.

Maui Ballot Initiative to Ban GMOS Passes

Nov 4, 2014
The Associated Press
The Associated Press

A Maui County ban on genetically modified crops pulled off a stunning turnaround late Tuesday night. After trailing by 19 points in the first two printouts, the ballot initiative took the lead, passing by more than 1000 votes.

The new legislation would put a temporary moratorium on GMO crops, until a study is done to analyze the health and environmental impacts on the county.

Ashley Lukens is the Hawaii program director for the Center for Food Safety, a national organization that supports stronger regulation on GMO’s.

Bees with Altitude Check In at the Hyatt

Sep 2, 2014
Hyatt Regency Waikiki
Hyatt Regency Waikiki

New guests at a Waikīkī hotel are creating some buzz. 80,000 honey bees have taken up residence at the beachfront resort. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to the rooftop colony and has this report.

Federal Judge Rules Kauai GMO Law Invalid

Aug 25, 2014
Flickr / yeeyes
Flickr / yeeyes

A federal judge has struck down a Kaua‘i County law that would require agribusinesses to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. U.S Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday that Ordinance 960 was invalid because state laws preempt county laws. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Fishy Labeling Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Aug 20, 2014
Flickr / michellerlee
Flickr / michellerlee

Mislabeling of seafood is a growing problem that often hits consumers at their wallets. But a new study out of the University of Hawai‘i suggests the impacts could be far more than economic. They might even be hazardous to your health. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

You can read the full report here.

Papaya Farmers Reeling from Tropical Storm Iselle

Aug 13, 2014
Bill Walter
Bill Walter

The impacts of Tropical Storm Iselle are also being felt by Hawai‘i Island’s farming community. All week, farmers and ranchers have been assessing their land and putting a dollar amount on damage from the storm. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, one group in particular took a big hit.

Federal Court Hearing on Kauai's GMO Bill

Jul 23, 2014
Flickr / yeeyes
Flickr / yeeyes

The legal battle over GMOs continues. Today a U.S. district court judge will take up the case of a lawsuit filed by 4 large agribusinesses against the county of Kaua‘i. They’re suing to overturn a new law that would require them to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Program Connects Low-Income Seniors With Fresh Produce

Jul 21, 2014
Flickr / Rosa Say
Flickr / Rosa Say

Buying local can often come at a price. But a few incentive programs are encouraging shoppers to support Hawai‘i-grown produce. One of them targets older adults on a fixed income --- making it easier for our kūpuna to get their fair share of fresh fruits and veggies. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Bring on the Slime: Local Residents Go Nuts for Natto!

Jul 10, 2014
Flickr / Jasja Dekker
Flickr / Jasja Dekker

It's been described as slimy, stringy, and its smell has drawn comparisons to dirty socks. Natto -- or Japanese fermented soybeans -- carries a reputation that is often less than desirable. But here in Hawai‘i, a loyal group of natto fans are celebrating the fermented dish.

Every year on July 10th, natto lovers gather to commemorate Natto Day, usually over a bowl of the pungent beans. HPR's Molly Solomon thought this under-appreciated ingredient deserved a closer look.

Study Examines Hawaii's Organic Food Industry

May 5, 2014
Kohala Center
Kohala Center

An organic certification is a way for customers to make sure the food they’re buying fits certain standards. But that can be challenging for many farmers here in Hawaii, especially since the state has no locally-based certifier. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on a recent study that takes a closer look at some of the issues and challenges faced by Hawaii’s organic food industry.

Read the full report here.

Settlement Restores Water to Maui Streams

Apr 21, 2014
Flickr / Marcia Berkowitz Maui Hawaii
Flickr / Marcia Berkowitz Maui Hawaii

A decade–long Maui water dispute has been settled. Over the past 10 years, Native Hawaiian and conservation groups have been caught in a legal battle with Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company and Wailuku Water Company over how much water the companies should divert from Na Wai Eha, or The Four Great Waters. These include Iao, Waihee, Waiehu and Waikapu streams.

UH Scientists Create App to Track Papaya Virus

Apr 16, 2014
Flickr / ddwilmoth
Flickr / ddwilmoth

If you’ve ever wondered if that papaya tree growing in your backyard has ring spot virus -- now there’s an app for that! Two University of Hawaii at Mānoa researchers are taking a digital approach to track what they believe may be a decrease in the destructive virus. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

For more information and to download the free app, visit the Pic-a-Papaya website.

Companies Cashing In: GMO Labeling Gains Momentum

Mar 19, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

All week HPR News has been taking a closer look at GMOs, in our ongoing series Genetically Engineered: Beyond Emotion. Today we turn to the debate over product labeling. Bills to require labeling of GMO ingredients are unlikely to pass during this legislative session. But a growing demand from consumers to know what’s in their food suggests the conversation is far from over. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Read more about HPR's series on GMOs: 

GMOs in the USA

From Bean to Bar: Celebrating Hawaii's Chocolate Scene

Feb 21, 2014
Flickr / kzuhr
Flickr / kzuhr

This weekend Hawaii’s new wave of cacao lovers will descend on the Chocolate Festival at Dole Cannery. Hawaii is the only state in the country where cacao is produced from seed to bar. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a local business that’s seeing the sweet return on keeping chocolate local.

Kids Cooking Up Lessons in Sustainability

Feb 10, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The "eat local" movement has reached a new level at one Hawaii school. Ninth graders from Mid-Pacific Institute are learning how to cook healthy recipes using fresh, local ingredients. Not only are they sharpening their culinary skills, they’re using food they grew themselves. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

I Am Haloa: Poi Documentary Rooted in Tradition

Jan 27, 2014
Aaron Yoshino
Aaron Yoshino

If you started the New Year with a diet resolution, it may have already fallen by the wayside. Not so for three seniors at Kamehameha Schools. They’re changing the way they eat with a uniquely Hawaiian twist: a 90-day poi diet. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, they’re documenting their journey in a new film that hopes to raise awareness of Hawaii’s starchy staple.

Grass-Fed Dairy Farm Coming to Kauai

Dec 4, 2013
Flickr / kevinzim
Flickr / kevinzim

Plans for a dairy farm on Kauai will soon become a reality, thanks to a $17.5 million investment from Ulupono Initiative. The move is expected to double the amount of locally produced milk on the islands. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Local Farmers Turn to Microloans

Nov 14, 2013
WOW Farm
WOW Farm

The popularity of locally-grown food has led to increased demand for Hawaii farm products. But some of those operations need investment, which has been a challenge for many local farmers. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, now there’s a program that’s helping.

Flickr / camerai2i
Flickr / camerai2i

A date has been set for a Kauai County Council meeting to vote on whether to accept or override Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of Bill 2491.

The bill would require large agriculture companies to disclose the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. The six-member council would need five votes to override the Mayor’s veto. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

GMO Debate Heats Up On Kauai

Oct 14, 2013
Flickr / yeeyes
Flickr / yeeyes

The next step in the battle on genetically modified organisms takes place on Kauai. The Kauai County Council is taking more time to consider a bill that would require companies to disclose the presence and use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. HPR’s Molly Solomon has the latest.

Mary Li Sia: A Celebration

Aug 23, 2013
Cookspace
Cookspace

She’s been called by some as the Julia Child of Hawaii. Mary Li Sia may not have mastered the art of French cuisine, but she certainly knew her way around the kitchen.  An upcoming event celebrates the noted Hawaii teacher and author of the popular “Mary Sia’s Chinese Cookbook.” HPR’s Molly Solomon reports. 

Flickr / vipnyc
Flickr / vipnyc

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Hawaii is currently in a state of drought. One area that’s feeling the heat is the local beef industry. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a rancher on Maui and has this report.

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