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Transforming Hawaiʻi’s Food Systems Together

HIPHI, in partnership with other organizations, has been awarded a Regional Food System Partnership grant from the US Department of Agriculture. This project aims to build statewide capacity and paves the way for a more robust, sustainable, and resilient food system, especially in times of crisis. The project harnesses the momentum from the COVID-19 pandemic, […]


The Kūpuna Food Security Coalition: More than just meals

The Kūpuna Food Security Coalition (KFSC) is a partnership of about 40 organizations formed in response to COVID-19 to ensure kūpuna access to food/meals. HIPHI continues to convene the KFSC biweekly to share best practices, challenges, and stories from the field. An emerging theme from this community of learning is that while food/meal distribution services […]

Public Health Training Hui: latest webinars and dramatic growth during 2020

Over the past nine months, HIPHI and the Hawai‘i Public Health Training Hui (Hui) has brought you a plethora of webinars and trainings. When the pandemic started in March, we knew we had a responsibility to share information with our communities. We kicked off our COVID-19 Public Health Action (PHA) webinar series with Lieutenant Governor […]

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Maui County Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Issue Brief

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi (CTFH), a program of the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI), has long recognized the need for smoke-free multi-unit housing policies to help protect the health of residents, visitors, and staff. With the current pandemic keeping more people home this year than ever before, secondhand smoke exposure continues to be […]

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2021 HIPHI Legislative Priorities

While many of us are hoping for a better year in 2021, the upcoming legislative session is anticipated to be challenging. The state is grappling with a huge budget deficit and lawmakers will be focusing their efforts on balancing the budget, which may result in budget cuts and furloughs. The COVID-19 pandemic will remain a […]


3rd Annual Hawai’i Island Community Food Summit

How can we drive collaboration and action around food sustainability on Hawaiʻi Island? This year’s third annual Hawaiʻi Island Community Food Summit could not have come at a better time. The summit took place throughout the month of November, culminating on November 17 with the first of many sessions to take Hawaiʻi County towards a […]

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Policy and Advocacy Training Series: Gearing Up for 2021

At HIPHI, advancing policy is a major part of our organization’s mission and goals. As a result, we host an annual policy and advocacy training to empower new and aspiring advocates with the information and skills needed to make a change in their community. Due to the pandemic this year, our training was turned into […]


National Rural Health Week 2020 is Celebrated, Kauai-Style

In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health created National Rural Health Day on the third Thursday of  November annually, as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services in rural communities. November 19, 2020, marked the 10th […]

Farm to School Newsletter October 2020: Hui Receives Federal Grant Award!

HIPHI and the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui have been awarded one of five Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program grants from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture! This is the Hui’s first federal grant submitted and awarded, together. Congratulations team! The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service […]


Farm to School Newsletter October 2020: Results of the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui 10-Year Retrospective Evaluation

After a decade of work cultivating Hawaiʻi’s farm to school movement, the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui’s impact on community food systems and ʻāina-based education is substantial. In recognition, the Hui has undertaken a 10-year retrospective independent evaluation by Groundswell Services, Inc. to assess the health, impact, and reach of this statewide network.  Based on […]