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How you can support vaccinations amongst youth in Hawai‘i

In May, we reached another milestone when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to keiki aged 12-15. According to data provided by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, statewide youth ages 12-17 is estimated to be a population of 97,148. Currently, 72.5 […]

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CTFH Youth Council wins 2021 Youth Advocates of the Year Award

Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaii’s (CTFH) Youth Council is made up of middle school, high school, and university-age students from all four counties in Hawai‘i. Their goal is to fight the influence of the powerful Big Tobacco companies and protect their generation from the negative health and economic impact of tobacco use. Every year, CTFH Youth […]


The Kūpuna Collective: An age-friendly incubator for innovation

In Hawaiʻi, kūpuna are our most valued members of society. Even the word kupuna, by definition, denotes someone wise and highly respected, a keeper of knowledge and a living treasure of our community. The Kūpuna Collective, led by HIPHI and Age-Friendly Honolulu, aims to present an integrated, collective voice of partners who have the shared […]


Hawai‘i Youth Food Council launches 2021-2022 term

Hawai‘i Youth Food Council (HYFC) is convening its third cohort since the council’s initial launch in February 2020. Ten new members from Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island will join two returning members for a council composed of twelve outstanding high school students for the 2021-2022 term! We are happy to announce the following new members: […]

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October is Farm to School Month in Hawai‘i!

Farm to school programs enhance the total well-being of students, families, schools, and community food systems and comprise three core elements: 1) school gardens and farms; 2) experiential education; and 3) school food improvement through local procurement. Each October, schools, and communities are encouraged to celebrate Farm to School Month in Hawai‘i, established in perpetuity […]

Bringing COVID-19 education and equitable access into our communities

Summer 2021 was a historic period for Hawaiʻi as we battled our largest surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Throughout this pandemic, we have seen Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Data also shows that some populations and communities have much lower vaccination rates than our state average. To help […]


Reflecting on the National CHW Unity Conference & beyond

In July, the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) hosted its annual meeting and conference virtually. It was a phenomenal virtual event with over: 800+ registrants 30+ workshop and roundtable presentations 70+ speakers and co-presenters 200+ virtual networking participants In partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, HIPHI provided scholarships for four CHWs […]


Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Island: A history of collective impact on Hawaiʻi Island

The Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Island (TFHI) coalition had a long and vibrant history of collective impact in tobacco control for nearly 20 years. Tobacco-Free Big Island (TFBI) Coalition first started in March of 2003, with 30 community members from health care, law enforcement, community organizations, and national health organizations (such as the American Cancer Society, the […]


Internships and Volunteering at HIPHI During the Pandemic 2021-2020

HIPHI offers internship and volunteer opportunities to current students, recent graduates, professionals seeking to change careers, retirees, and anyone interested in learning more about public health. Interns and volunteers occupy different roles on the HIPHI team: Interns learn and apply public health knowledge and skills. Volunteers share their knowledge and skills to support HIPHI’s programs. […]


Thinking about quitting? We want to link you to services!

Tobacco-Free Kauaʻi (TFK) is a coalition of individuals and organizations that work together to ensure the health and wellbeing of Kaua‘i residents through education, advocacy, and awareness. TFK is a passionate group focused on reducing tobacco use, protecting our people and keiki from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and our ‘aina from tobacco waste. […]

Peers helping peers Drop the Vape

Over the past several months, youth on Hawaiʻi Island have influenced their peers to Drop the Vape and educate others about the harmful effect of vaping.  On May 10, 2021, Keaau High School hosted a lunch event, which featured local educator and professional entertainer, Ryan Hiraoka, to Drop the Vape (into an amnesty bin overseen […]