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Hawaii Keiki Hungry For More Summer Meals

Jul 6, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

More than 100,000 Hawai‘i students receive free or reduced price meals during the school year. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, when summer hits, only a fraction continue to take advantage of the program. 

It’s lunchtime at Jarrett Middle School. Kids file in and line up to fill their trays. Today’s menu is chicken teriyaki, a scoop of rice, mixed vegetables, and peaches.

Is Hawaii Failing Its Special Education Students?

Feb 24, 2016
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Flickr / dcJohn

A recent internal audit by the Hawai‘i Department of Education revealed staffing shortages and significant problems in the state’s special education program. Despite nearly a quarter of the DOE’S budget going to special education services, students with disabilities are continuing to fall behind academically. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

In Hawaii, A Traveling Preschool Serves The Homeless

Jan 11, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One element of homelessness that doesn’t always get a lot of attention: the impact on young children, and in particular their education. There’s a group on Oahu that focuses on providing free preschool for homeless children and families. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit and has this report.

About a dozen families stand in a circle, holding hands as they sing their morning pule, or prayer. They’re by a parking lot for a pair of homeless shelters in Kapolei. That’s where many of these families are living.

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.

Hawaii Schools Brace for Common Core Tests

Mar 9, 2015
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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.

Halau Lokahi Students Begin Transition to New Schools

Jan 22, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For the first time, the state is taking steps to close a charter school. Hālau Lōkahi has been in operation for 14 years, and now parents of students are scrambling to make adjustments. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Turning Ferguson into a Teachable Moment in Hawaii

Nov 25, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Events in Ferguson, Missouri have sparked a national conversation. Teachers in Hawai‘i are grappling with how to bring that into the classroom. HPR's Molly Solomon has more.

Still Plenty to Protest for UH Grad Students

Nov 18, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

UH Mānoa graduate students saw one victory after staging a student protest on Monday. University officials announced there would be no cuts to teaching assistantships next semester in the College of Natural Sciences. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the future remains highly uncertain.

UH Manoa Grad Students Hit Hard by Budget Cuts

Nov 17, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa are protesting possible cuts to their departments. They’re leading a protest today in hopes of some answers. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Students are wrapping up their first week of classes across the University of Hawai‘i system. One of those students is 18 year-old Carolyn Phapakdy, the first in her family to go to college. Last year, we introduced you to her on her first day at Leeward Community College. HPR’s Molly Solomon caught up with her one year later.

Is It Final Deadline for Kapi‘o News?

May 1, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This week the Kapi‘o News will publish its final issue as a student-run publication. Last month, the Kapiolani Community College’s newspaper announced on Facebook that the school’s administration would be moving in a new direction. HPR’s Molly Solomon visited the Honolulu campus and has this report. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One of the most popular classes in Hawaii these days is not just for school children. Chinese language courses are increasing … both for adults and for kids. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

'Onipa'a: Bridging The Gap for Waianae Grads

Sep 30, 2013
Flickr / Leeward CC
Flickr / Leeward CC

When it comes to higher education, school officials are noticing a disturbing trend. For high school graduates in Leeward Oahu, one in three kids who apply and get in to college, somehow fail to register and show up in the fall. The problem is particularly bad for graduates from Waianae and Nanakuli high schools. In an effort to close that summer gap, three University of Hawaii campuses, Kamehameha Schools, and the Department of Education have come together to form the program 'Onipa'a. HPR’s Molly Solomon met up with an 'Onipa'a participant and joined her on her first day of school.

Too Hot To Handle: Leeward Oahu Schools Rally for AC

Sep 25, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

500 teachers, students and parents are turning up the heat this morning at the state capitol. They’re rallying for cooler classrooms, and will be calling on lawmakers to get air conditioning in some of Hawaii’s hottest schools. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to a classroom in Ewa Beach and has this report.

Strengthening Cultural Ties: TFA Thinks Local

Sep 9, 2013
Flickr / Eric Rolph
Flickr / Eric Rolph

Teach For America is a national organization that attracts recent college graduates and prepares them for 2-year teaching assignments in classrooms across the country. It’s been here in Hawaii since 2006, where it faces a unique set of challenges. Over the next few days, HPR’s Molly Solomon explores what’s being done to address these issues and how the program has changed in recent years.