|Hawaii State Senate District 4|
|December 2010 - Present|
|November 8, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Appointed by||Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D)|
|Bachelor's||University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Hawaii at Hilo|
|Master's||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Ph.D.||Oregon State University|
|Birthday||March 3, 1951|
|Place of birth||Honolulu, Hawaii|
Solomon earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, her bachelor's in cultural anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and her Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. Her professional experience includes working as the owner and manager of Waiaka Farms and Ranch. 
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Solomon served on the following committees:
|Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce and Consumer Protection|
|• Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs|
|• Transportation and International Affairs|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Solomon served on these committees:
|Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Water, Land, and Housing, Vice Chair|
|• Commerce and Consumer Protection|
|• Economic Development and Technology|
|• Hawaiian Affairs|
Solomon's campaign website lists the following issues:
- Geothermal Energy Development
- "Fast tracked development of our island’s firm, renewable – safe -- indigenous power resource to take care of Hawai’i Island residents first..."
- "Facilitated private sector initiatives to develop and support ag businesses to 'grow' our capacity to produce our own safe, healthy food."
- Public Land Development Corporation
- "An innovative, pro-active government-private initiative to better use state lands to the economic, environmental and social benefit of Hawai’i’s people."
- Higher Education
- "I am a long-standing champion of the development of West Hawai’i’s Palamanui campus and secured release by the Governor of $7.5 million to finally begin construction. Also supported adult ed programs, UH-Hilo’s School of Pharmacy, NHERC’s community classes and secured funding for urgently needed student housing at UH-Hilo."
- "Wai o ke Ola! Water is life! Secured a $5 million appropriation, which is critical to meeting the needs of today and tomorrow, including food self reliance. With a resident population of 183,000 on Hawai’i Island and 681,000 or more visitors annually, it is imperative that we protect this valuable resource."
Suit against the state
Solomon brought a suit against Hawaii over a water usage issue on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands pastoral property her family holds on the Big Island.
Solomon is among a group of plaintiffs who filed the suit in 2009, alleging that DHHL reneged on promises to provide water for livestock that graze on pastoral land leased to the plaintiffs.
The state argued that it advised the lessees to depend on catchment systems to water their cattle and that bringing water lines to the land would be prohibitively expensive.
In late December 2010, Solomon withdrew as a plaintiff from the suit.
“I will be withdrawing from the suit,” Solomon said. “I kind of forgot about it.”
Opposition to redistricting decision
Although Democrats on the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission were strongly supportive of the decision, voting 3-1 for the inclusion of non-resident/military populations, there has been strong push back from fellow Democrats on the Big Island. Solomon, along with Rep. Cindy Evans, Rep. Robert Herkes, and several others, have pressured the Commission to reverse its decision. In addition, some have threatened to challenge the decision in court. The change in policy is expected to benefit Oahu and prevent it from losing a state senate seat. 
- See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012
Solomon won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 4. Solomon defeated Lorraine Inouye in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Kelly Greenwell (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|Hawaii State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Malama Solomon Incumbent||66.6%||9,828|
|Hawaii State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Malama Solomon Incumbent||50.4%||4,068|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Solomon was born into the Beamer family, known for its contributions to Hawaiian music and hula dance.
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- A cross-country burger journey - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)
- House Kills Geothermal 'FrankenBill' Favored By Hawaii Senate - Honolulu Civil Beat
- Hawaii County Democratic Party convention (May 18-19) - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)
- More Projects Cited From 2013 Legislative Session - Big Island Now
- Burger-loving duo hits state to sample Big Isle creation - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hawaii Tribune-Herald, "Election profile: State Senate District 4," August 2, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- ↑ Malmama Solomon, "Distirct 4 Priorities," accessed September 26, 2012
- ↑ "New State Senator Suing State," Hawaii Reporter, December 23, 2010
- ↑ "Solomon Withdrawing From Lawsuit," Hawaii Reporter, December 29, 2010
- ↑ Hawaii Reporter, "Democrat Lawmakers Threaten Legal Action Over Reapportionment Decision," July 13th, 2011
- ↑ Honolulu Civil Beat, "Hawaii Panel Votes to Include Military, Students," June 28, 2011
- ↑ State of Hawaii: Office of Elections, "Federal/State/County Candidates, 2012 Primary Elections," retrieved June 11, 2012
- ↑ Hawaii Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ State of Hawaii Office of Elections, “Hawaii General 2012 - State of Hawaii – Statewide,” November 20, 2012
Shan Tsutsui (D)
|Hawaii State Senate - District 4
| Succeeded by|
Dwight Takamine (D)
|Hawaii State Senate District 1
| Succeeded by|
Gilbert Kahele (D)