Entries by HubforHealth


Kaua‘i businesses enact over 100 policies and changes to improve health

Get Fit Kauai’s 2016 Worksite Wellness Challenge began in February and ended in October of 2016 and was a smashing success! Seventeen participating agencies and companies focused on making system, policy and environmental changes at work. Each team was given an initial questionnaire to determine how “healthy” their place of work is and how many […]

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Our Policy Priorities for 2017 Legislative Session

For the upcoming 2017 legislative session, HIPHI is working on many policies to promote healthy living in Hawai‘i, including various sugar-sweetened beverage bills and continuing to focus on tobacco prevention and control. Please see the list below for additional details on our policy priorities: Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i #1 Protect funding for the Tobacco Trust […]


National Food Day on Big Island promotes healthy, local food

We were thrilled to be a part of Food Day at KTA Superstores in Hilo, Waimea, Keahou and Waikoloa. The day opened with a proclamation from Hawai‘i County’s Managing Director, Randy Kurohara, followed by events throughout the day. Blue Zones Project passed out healthy food samples and Master Gardeners from University of Hawai‘i demonstrated how […]


Maui students promote safer walking and biking

The HEAL Maui, Moloka’i, & Lana’i coalition has been busy working on several great projects these past few months and we would like to highlight the work of the four Bachelors of Science Nursing (BSN) Manoa students who have been working with us this past semester in their Global Perspectives in Health course. Though they […]


East Hawai‘i youth give us hope for a tobacco-free future

November is always a fun and active month for Tobacco-Free East Hawai`i with multiple tobacco and e-cigarette prevention presentations and, of course, the annual Waiakea High Great American Smokeout (GASO) event on November 17. On  GASO day, students challenged staff to a Whiffle Ball game during lunch to promote physical activity over vaping and smoking. The […]


West Hawai‘i HEAL joins Chef Stephen Rouelle to tackle Diabetes through a plant-based diet

To recognize Diabetes Awareness Month in November, HIPHI Healthy Living Active Living (HEAL) Hawai’i Island and ChoiceMART at Kealakekua Ranch Center invited Chef Stephen to share his expertise, experience with plant-based eating, and his story about reducing risk for type 2 diabetes with the community on Saturday, November 5. Chef Stephen Rouelle spent over three […]


Kauai’s Lydgate Park is now tobacco-free

With lots of hard work and dedication, Tobacco Free Kaua’i is ecstatic to announce that the pavilion at Lydgate Park and Kamalani Playground are now completely tobacco-free! Former CTFH coordinator, Valerie Saiki, worked tirelessly on this project with the help of our partner organizations, including Friends of Kamalani Playground, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and […]


Wayfinding with Hilo Bayfront Trails

The Hawai`i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), in collaboration with the State Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, is supporting Hilo Bayfront Trails (HBFT) in the development of a community plan to promote walking and cycling among residents and visitors. HBFT is a volunteer group of community members dedicated to the implementation […]


Tickets: 2016 Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Stakeholder Meeting

Please join us for our Annual Tobacco Stakeholder Meeting and Alaka‘i Awards on Friday, November 18th at the Ko‘olau Ballrooms! Registration is now open–the event is $25 for regular admission and $20 for students. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Phillip Gardiner, the Policy and Regulatory Sciences Program officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program […]


And another problem with cigarette butts… drought

Cigarette butt litter continues to be a worldwide issue. Littered butts can be found everywhere. On the Island of Hawai‘i, and everywhere else, this litter is found on the shoreline, beaches, parks, roadways. Butts end up in the stomachs of fish, sea turtles, birds, pets and even children. Cigarette butts are NOT biodegradable. They are […]


Meet our new staff

We’re so excited about the new additions to our staff. On Kaua‘i, we’ve brought on Bev Brody to coordinate our physical activity and nutrition efforts and Steph Moir to continue the work of our tobacco control coalition. A big mahalo (along with some heartfelt hugs) to Valerie Saiki who has moved on to work for […]

Celebrating 20 years of accomplishment

Twenty years ago, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (now a program of HIPHI) was formed out of island coalitions to tackle the leading cause of preventable death: tobacco use. Since our founding, the Coalition has been the lead organization in fighting for smoke-free air, funding tobacco prevention programming, increasing tobacco taxes and a host of other […]