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HIPHI is a non-profit hub for health, bringing community-based organizations, government, academia, foundations and business together to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i.

Building healthier communities requires collaboration on a variety of issues that impact health, including transportation, education, access to healthy food and economic opportunity. And collaboration is what we do best.

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Children and Youth Day @ State Capitol, Kalanimoku Building, Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, Hawaii State Art Museum, ʻIolani Palace, Kamehameha V Building (Supreme Court Building), Punchbowl Street, and Department of Health Mauka Parking Lot.
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Children and Youth Day @ State Capitol, Kalanimoku Building, Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, Hawaii State Art Museum, ʻIolani Palace, Kamehameha V Building (Supreme Court Building), Punchbowl Street, and Department of Health Mauka Parking Lot. | Honolulu | Hawaii | United States

Sponsored by HONOLULU Family, Kama‘aina Kids, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, ‘Olelo Community Media, Pacific American Foundation, The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, Tihati, KFVE, and Upspring.

Hawaii’s 25th Annual Children and Youth Month kick-off event, Children and Youth Day, honors and celebrates our children and youth in Hawaii. Over 200 interactive, educational, fun activities for infants, toddlers, children, youth and the entire family.

Free parking at neighboring State and City parking lots, Central Middle School, and Central Pacific Bank at the corner of King and Alakea Streets. For more information, please visit http://www.hawaiicyd.org/

Webinar: Hawai’i Early Learning Program for Children: Creating the System Our Children and Families Deserve @ Queens Conference Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

A strong early learning system is a wise public investment, returning $3-$8 in long-term benefits for every dollar spent. High quality childcare and preschool programs enhance school readiness, reduce achievement gaps between privileged and disadvantaged children, and can even have lasting effects on learning, behavior, and health in adulthood. Reliable, affordable childcare is also a necessity for working parents. Results of a recent statewide assessment of availability, cost, and quality identified bright spots as well as critical needs in our early learning landscape. Come and learn about hallmarks of quality programs, which of our communities are childcare deserts, and resources for families.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the ways in which high-quality care early learning programs promote child and family wellbeing.
2. Discuss the current state of Hawai’i’s early learning system for children age 0.5.
3. Share stories about innovative programs in Hawai’i and resources to help families locate and pay for preschool and childcare.

Trainer is Barbara DeBaryshe, Interim Director and Specialist at the UH Center on the Family

Youth Council Retreat and Strategy Session @ TBD
Oct 27 all-day

A follow up to our September meeting; students will participate in a team-building activity and work on island-based strategy in support of the policy priority selected in September.

Clearing the Cloud: Hawaii’s Youth Vaping Epidemic Conference @ Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

We are excited to announce the upcoming ESD Conference, Clearing the Cloud: Hawaii’s Youth Vaping Epidemic. The conference is dedicated to increasing awareness, knowledge and opening up the discussion further on ESDs and its impact on our state. We will be featuring national and local speakers to provide the latest information on the epidemic of youth vaping. Our national speakers include Dr. Brian King from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health, Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher from Stanford University, and Annie Tegen from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

In addition to the conference, we will also be celebrating and honoring individuals and organizations in tobacco prevention and control with our annual Alaka’i Awards.

We listen, learn and fight for policy change that communities want.

Our programs:

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i
Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL)
Perspectives on Community Health

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The tobacco industry spends more than $25 million each year in Hawai‘i marketing their products to kids while sugary drink manufacturers pay fitness bloggers and researchers to promote diets that include soda. These industries care about one thing and one thing only: profit. That’s where we come in. We, and our coalitions, work every day to stop them in their tracks. We shine a light on their bad acts and we fight for policies that promote health for all Hawai’i residents and visitors. Your gift allows us to do more… and it is tax-deductible!

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