2013 Annual Report


What a year! We may just look back at 2013 as the year that Hawai‘i became a nationally recognized trailblazer for public health.

To begin with, we expanded our organization and mission to build on the many successes of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i and to become the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI). This was the result of years of planning and relationship-building and positions HIPHI to most effectively tackle the top two causes of preventable death: tobacco use and obesity.

We were pleased to welcome to Hawai‘i two staff members from the National Network of Public Health Institutes and Joe Hafey, President Emeritus for Public Health Institute, which came to meet our board members and staff and to provide mentorship. We were also provided the opportunity to visit sister institutes to see firsthand how they promote public health in their communities. Our visits to California’s Public Health Institute and Oregon Public Health Institute were eye-opening and gave us a perspective on public health that has already proven to be profoundly helpful.

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i is stronger than ever and made great strides in 2013. We knew we had to broaden our approach to take on emerging threats like electronic smoking devises (ESDs) and to further reduce the tobacco industry’s influence over youth. Recognizing that 9 in 10 smokers began when they were under 21, we helmed a campaign on the Big Island to raise the age of sale to purchase tobacco products. The campaign was successful and made the Big Island one of the first municipalities in the nation to require tobacco purchasers to be at least 21 years of age.

At the state level, we also raised the age of purchase for ESDs to 18 to help tackle their growing popularity among youth. And, to further protect our keiki, we advocated that all tobacco product displays be out of reach of children so that only employees could access tobacco products, eliminating all tobacco self-service displays. Both measures passed and are now law!

As you can see, 2013 was a year of unprecedented collaboration and progress. Thank you for standing with us as we look forward to another year of advancing public health in Hawai‘i.

With Aloha,

2013 Goals

  • Expand mission and form the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) with the Coalition continuing as a program under its umbrella.

  • Increasing the tax on other tobacco products

  • Working to regulate e-cigarette sales to minors and product sampling

  • Address tobacco product placement

Jessica Yamauchi with NNPHI’s Mary Pitman.


HIPHI is born. Received initial funding from the National Network of Public Health Institute (NNPHI) and Kaiser Permanente to establish the first public health institute in Hawai‘i with the guidance of the NNPHI.

Age 21. Hawai‘i County becomes passes law to raise the age of sale to purchase tobacco products to 21 (effective July 1, 2014).

Breathe Aloha. Honolulu City and County passed legislation making all county parks and beaches smoke-free, and Maui County worked with students and the community to get UH Maui to adopt a tobacco-free campus.

Reduced youth access to tobacco. Successfully passed bills: 1) eliminating self-service displays for all tobacco products; 2) making tobacco and vape products unlawful to sell or furnish to persons under 18 years of age; 3) making vape products unlawful to purchase for those under 18 years of age; and 4) requiring that vape products be added to sales prohibition signage.

2013 Board of Directors


John A. H. Tomoso, Chair

Stacy Evensen, Chair Elect

Steven Pavao, Secretary

Kent Kasaoka, Treasurer


Joy Barua

Clifford Chang

Marilyn Gagen

Maile Goo

Christopher Goodin

John Hunt

Keawe`aimoku Kaholokula

Hye-ryeon Lee

Don Weisman

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Hawai‘i State Department of Health

Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund

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University of Hawai‘i at Hilo — Beacon Grant


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