Entries by HubforHealth

Hawai’i Island-Wide Food Rescue Project Goes Above and Beyond the Kale of Duty

Kōkua Harvest, an island-wide food rescue project on Big Island, works towards eliminating food waste at its source: our farms and gardens. By being invited onto these properties, Kōkua Harvest has the ability to collect surplus produce for distribution through The Food Basket,  Hawaiʻi Island’s Food Bank, and other community partners who ensure the produce […]


Young Leaders Clean Beaches, Inspire Community

On a Sunday morning at Waihe‘e beach, eight teenagers and a man with a machete are pulling a tangled, bathtub-sized mess of trash and rope out of the bushes. Some of the wet ropes are as thick as the man’s leg, but his machete hacks them into smaller chunks for the kids to carry. Working […]

Hawaiʻi Island Youth Vaping Support Group At Konaweana High

Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Island (TFHI) Coalition members have been educating students, parents, school administrators and faculty, about the harms of Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD’s) for several years. With the tremendous youth use increase in Hawai’i Island middle schools and high schools, nicotine dependency, and the need for intervention, has increased.  One of our West Hawaiʻi TFHI […]

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Oral Health Update

The Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition (HOHC) has been hard at work for the first quarter expanding efforts to improve oral health in our state. With over 30 members from Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui and Big Island, prevention, advocacy and access have been the key areas of focus for our members. The Prevention and Access Committee has […]

Get Fit Kauai’s Award-Winning Worksite Wellness Challenge

#GFK2020WSW And they’re off!  Ten teams are on their way to making their workplaces healthier and happier through some healthy competition! Get Fit Kauaʻi just launched their semi-annual nine month Worksite Wellness (WSW) on Friday, February 21, 2020, a competition designed to encourage businesses and their employees to implement healthy practices in the workplace and create […]

HIPHI Organizes Rural Health Trainings

As part of our fee for service portfolio, HIPHI provides relevant trainings for Hawaii’s public health workforce throughout the year. Recently, through a partnership between HIPHI and the Department of Health Family Health Services Division, HIPHI helped organize and support a 2-day training for the Hawai‘i Rural Health Clinic Network at the Grand Naniloa Hotel […]

HIPHI Welcomes More New Staff

2019 was a year of growth for Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, and 2020 is proving no different. We’re happy to welcome new staff on Oʻahu, and Big Island. Chelsea Gonzales joined us as our Policy/Youth Council Assistant (Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai’i) in February, and will be transitioning into our Statewide Underage Drinking Coalition Coordinator […]

Hana Parent Night Leads to Legislative Advocates

Pristine and Tyra-Li Perry are the inspiring high school students behind Project Ho‘omana in Hana, Maui. Project Ho‘omana’s vision is to empower youth to make good decisions and healthy choices, especially when it comes to underage drinking, smoking, and substance use. As a part of their prevention efforts, the group invited the Coalition for a […]


Why Kaua‘i Parks should Be Smoke-Free

Most of Hawaii’s parks and beaches are now smoke-free. In 2008, Hawaiʻi County passed a tobacco-free policy that applies to all county beaches and parks (Hawai‘i County Code 14-21b). As of 2014, Honolulu City and County parks and beaches went smoke-free with the exemption of Honolulu county golf course (Bill 25 (2013) CD2 RD 1), […]