Entries by HubforHealth


Meet the Maui Coalition for Drug Free Youth

HIPHI recently welcomed Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth (MCDFY) and its two staff members, Rick Collins and Ashlee Chapman, to the HIPHI ‘ohana. Formed in 2013, MCDFY is a local community coalition of partner organizations and individuals committed to reducing underage alcohol use and youth substance use in Maui County. Some coalition members, concerned citizens, […]


Vision Zero by 2040

On September 15, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa made a proclamation, called Vision 2040, to eliminate traffic deaths on Maui by 2040. To kick off the launch, Creating Healthier Communities — a collaboration between Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, County of Maui Department of Planning, County of Maui Department of Public Works, HEAL Coalition […]


HIPHI Youth Council In Action

It’s been a busy fall for Youth Council! In late September, the Youth Council selected their policy priority to ban flavored tobacco products and honed their public speaking skills in front of their fellow members. In October, they worked on developing island-based strategies to gather support for a prohibition on flavored tobacco products. It wasn’t […]


Get Fit Kauai’s Fitness Week on Rice

Get Fit Kauai’s Fitness Week on Rice was a week-long fitness experience in Lihue that inspired healthy lifestyles and a sense of community. It was an occasion to highlight Lihue’s gyms and fitness studios and provide opportunities for people to engage in activities that promote health, well-being, and community. Over 200 people took advantage of […]


Get Fit Kauai’s 2018 Worksite Wellness Challenge

On November 16, representatives from 15 worksites attended Get Fit Kauai’s Worksite Wellness Challenge Awards Breakfast celebrating the conclusion of the highly successful nine-month challenge. Participating agencies/companies focus on making system, policy, and/or environmental changes at work. In February of this year, each team was given an initial questionnaire to determine how “healthy” their place of […]


Helping to Clear the Cloud on Kaua‘i

On November 15, Kaua‘i hosted an amazing half-day conference to address the vaping epidemic that faces our youth and young adults. We know that youth are using vaping products at an alarming rate nationwide, but the numbers are among the highest here in Hawai‘i. On Kaua‘i, 45.3 percent of high school students and 27.6 percent […]


First Hawai‘i Anti-Vaping Conference Helps Those on the Frontline to Combat Youth E-Cigarette Use

HONOLULU, OCTOBER 30 — Today, more than 200 Hawai‘i teachers, school administrators, law enforcement officials, and public health advocates attended the state’s first-ever conference addressing the rise and health risks of youth vaping. The sold-out event, organized by Hawai‘i Public Health Institute and funded through a grant from Hawai‘i Community Foundation, comes as youth vaping rates have reached alarming rates, capturing the […]

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Farm to School for Hawai‘i’s Future

In celebration of October as Farm to School Month in Hawai‘i, a Perspectives trip hosted by Hawai‘i Public Health Institute took participants to several model farm to school sites on O‘ahu. All three core elements of successful farm to school programs were showcased, including 1) school gardens, 2) education (agriculture, culinary, nutrition, food systems), and […]


Inspired to Live and Breathe – Exposing the ESD Epidemic

The Tobacco-Free Hawai`i Island (TFHI) coalition, a program of Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), hosted 35 community members on Wednesday, August 29, for a first-ever town hall meeting on the state’s alarming vaping rates among youth. According to the Department of Health’s 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey, Hawai‘i County youth have the highest rates of e-cigarette […]


Health Champion: West Hawai‘i Community Health Center

The West Hawai‘i Community Health Center (WHCHC) is a vital partner to the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) in Hawai‘i County.  As an active ally for both Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Island (TFHI) coalition and the Hawai‘i Island Healthy Eating + Active Living (HI HEAL) network, the health center provides leadership and guidance in the areas of […]


Maui PD and CTFH partner to promote new smoke-free vehicles law

As students returned to school this fall, Maui Police Department (MPD) ran a two-week long special operation within school zones to promote seat belt, cell phone, and speeding laws. This year they also highlighted Maui County’s new law, which prohibits smoking in vehicles when minors are present. CTFH worked with MPD on the campaign to […]