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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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Bicycling Basics Workshop + Free Bike Tune-Up & Helmet! @ Waimānalo Public School & Library
Oct 17 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Bicycling Basics Workshop + Free Bike Tune-Up & Helmet! @ Waimānalo Public School & Library | Waimanalo | Hawaii | United States

Own a bike but don’t feel comfortable riding on the road with cars? Come out to a FREE hands-on, on-bike workshop that will have participants feeling comfortable and confident riding on the streets of O‘ahu. Participants can also get a complimentary free tune-up for their bike. The first ten registrants will also be able to take home a free (adult) cycling helmet, provided by DOH! Space is limited & pre-registration is required at HBL.org/workshops.

Field Trip: Touring School Garden’s with the Farm to School Hui @ Mililani, Oahu
Oct 18 @ 7:45 am – 1:00 pm
Field Trip: Touring School Garden's with the Farm to School Hui @ Mililani, Oahu | Mililani | Hawaii | United States

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food. In 2017, Governor David Ige signed Act 10 into law, designating October as Farm to School Month in Hawai‘i!

The three pillars of successful farm to school programs are 1) school gardens, 2) agriculture, culinary, nutrition, and food systems education, and 3) school food improvements through local food procurement. Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, a program of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, is a statewide network that was formed in 2010 and is comprised of five island-level networks, community organizations, schools, and state agencies.

Join us on Thursday, October 18, from 7:45 AM to 1 PM as we tour three unique sites in Mililani. We will start our tour at Mililani Uka Elementary where we will partake in an ʻĀINA Grade K Lesson Observation & Farm to School Program Overview. Next, we are off to Mari’s Garden, an 18-acre aquaponics and hydroponics farm, whose mission is to promote sustainable living, organic urban farming, and buying local through soil-less agricultural techniques. We will end our day at Mililani High School where we will learn about the ‘Aina Pono Hawai’i State Farm to School Program. For a small nominal fee, attendees can join us for a healthy lunch and to talk story about our day of learning.

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

Bicycling Basics Workshop @ RIDE Kailua
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Bicycling Basics Workshop @ RIDE Kailua | Kailua | Hawaii | United States

Have a bike but don’t feel comfortable to ride on the roads of Hawai‘i with cars? Come out to a FREE hands-on, on-bike workshop that will have participants feeling comfortable and confident riding on the streets of O‘ahu! There will be bike prizes for all that attend too. Space is limited & pre-registration is required at HBL.org/workshops.

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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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