2019 Annual Report


This past year has seen HIPHI grow to new heights, and we thank all of you for helping to make Hawaiʻi a healthier place. In 2019, we celebrated two legislative wins for the Obesity Prevention Task Force: making children’s meals in restaurants “Healthy by Default” by offering water, milk, or 100% fruit juice as the default beverage, and expanding access to healthy Hawaiʻi-grown produce for low-income families through the Double Up Food Bucks program, or “DA BUX” in Hawaiʻi. We also co-hosted two conferences: Pūpūkahi I Holomua: For and About Community Health Workers, and the 14th Annual National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships.

HIPHI continued to educate more than 5,000 students, parents, and teachers on the harms of electronic smoking devices/e-cigarettes. We convened three Perspectives on Community Health trips on Oʻahu during National Public Health Week in April and led five Perspectives on Community Health trips with a Farm to School focus in October during National Farm to School Month. 

Our organization formalized the Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition and was also fortunate to provide fiscal services to a new East Hawaiʻi underage drinking coalition and a new statewide underage drinking coalition. With our reach continuing to grow, we expanded our staff and office space, leasing additional space on the 6th floor of our Honolulu building, and enjoying an office blessing ceremony in November. 

Of course, we did not do any of these activities alone. Our partners, advocates, funders, and donors help to make all of our work possible. Thank you all for your help and support to continue our work!

With Aloha,

Jessica Yamauchi

2019 Goals

  • Prohibit the sale and distribution of all flavored tobacco and e-cigarette liquids, including menthol

  • Regulate electronic smoking devices - establishing a tax, prohibiting online sales, and requiring a license and/or permit for wholesalers and retailers.

  • Make the default beverage in restaurant kids’ meals a healthy drink by replacing sugary drinks with water or milk.

  • Provide recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access to fresh fruits and vegetables through the promotion of incentive programs such as Double Up Food Bucks.

  • Reinstate adult dental benefits for Medicaid enrollees.

  • Establish and appropriate funds for one full time employee P-20 agriculture education coordinator position within the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, via the Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui.

2019 Highlights

E-cigarette Awareness Activities Statewide. The Breathe Aloha Mural Tour resulted in 10 colorful murals being painted on Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi Island, and Oʻahu. The community-driven murals aimed to raise awareness about the health harms of vaping, showcasing positive messages for the community, and contributing to the beautification of local school campuses. With over 50 presentations on the dangers of vaping and numerous awareness events, we caught the attention of Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami who proclaimed February 2019 as #808NoVape Education Month. On March 20, 2019, approximately 80 students rallied at the State Capitol to send a message to Big Tobacco on national Kick Butts Day: Stop Targeting Us. 

Legislative Successes. While bills to end the sale of flavored tobacco products and regulate e-cigarettes failed this session, Governor David Ige signed two bills to expand access to healthy food and beverages across the state. Act 138 ensures that healthier beverages like water, milk, or 100% fruit juice are default drinks offered in all restaurant children’s meals. We are just the second state in the nation to pass this after California Act 153 doubles the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits—also known as SNAP, or food stamps—when they are used to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

Community Giving Day at Whole Foods Market Raises $25,417. Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) was the beneficiary of Whole Foods Market’s 5% Community Giving Day on Thursday, April 18, at all four Hawai‘i stores. The event saw 5% of the day’s net sales donated to support local nonprofit and community-based organizations that align with the brand’s core values. Thank you to all of you who shopped at Whole Foods Market that day in support of HIPHI!

National Farm to School Month Celebrated in October. Over 120 participants enjoyed five HIPHI Perspectives Trips on O‘ahu and Maui during October 2019 in celebration of National Farm to School Month. The trips invited community members “into the field” to learn how farm to school programs are increasing student health and regenerating Hawaii’s community food systems. Events included the Molokai Eat Local Challenge, a Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser, Schools of the Future Conference, Farm Work Day, and Hawaiʻi Agriculture Conference and Youth Summit. 

Hosted Two Conferences. HIPHI hosted two conferences in 2019, partnering with the state Department of Health to host Pūpūkahi I Holomua: For and About Community Health Workers. Of the 150 attendees, 110 were Community Health Workers. Later in the year, HIPHI partnered with the Hawaiʻi Immunization Coalition to host the 14th Annual National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships on November 13, 14, and 15 in 2019, with over 300 attendees.

Executive Director Serves as NNPHI Chair and Receives Award. HIPHI’s Executive Director Jessica Yamauchi began her two-year term as the chair of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) in May 2019. Jessica was also selected as one of the recipients of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s 2019 Hoʻokele Award. This award recognizes nonprofit leaders in Hawaiʻi who are making a difference in our community. 

Expanded Honolulu Office Space. With the organization’s reach continuing to grow, HIPHI expanded staff and office space, leasing additional space on the 6th floor of our Honolulu office. We were lucky to have an office blessing in November led by Dr. Keawe Kaholokula.

New Programs: Underage Drinking Coalitions and Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition

Underage Drinking Coalitions. HIPHI was fortunate to have the opportunity to provide fiscal management support to a new East Hawaiʻi underage drinking coalition and a new statewide underage drinking coalition. 

Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition. In 2019 the newly formed Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition solidified their commitments and developed a strong foundation for the future that is articulated through their vision, mission, values, and priorities. The Coalition also reaffirmed their desire to have HIPHI provide leadership and fiscal management support.

2019 Board of Directors


Michael Robinson, Chair

Mark Levin, Secretary

Kilikina Mahi, Treasurer


Joy Barua

Forrest Batz

Debbie Erskine

Keawe Kaholokula

Bryan Mih

Rachel Novotny

Catherine Taschner

Joann ʻUmilani Tsark

En Young

Mahalo to Our Donors

Major Funders

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

CareQuest Initiative (formerly Dentaquest Foundation)

County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns

Hawaiʻi Chamber of Commerce – Public Health Fund

Hawaiʻi State Department of Health

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division
  • Executive Office on Aging 
  • Family Health Services Division
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Program

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

  • Frost Family Foundation
  • Hawaiʻi Children’s Trust Fund
  • Kahuku Community Fund
  • Kukio Community Funds
  • Nichols Fund
  • Robert Emens Black Fund
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund
  • Ulupono Foundation
  • Yokoyama Fund

Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

HMSA Foundation

James Campbell Foundation

Kaiser Permanente

Lānaʻi Community Health Center


University of Arizona

Weinberg Foundation


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Hawaiʻi Carpenters Market Recovery Program

Hawaiʻi Pacific Health

Kamehameha Schools

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