Entries by HubforHealth


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 […]

Candidate Survey on public health issues in Hawai‘i

As policy plays a significant role in our work at Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), we conduct an annual survey of elected officials and candidates that run for office, depending on the year. As 2018 is an election year, we have sent a survey to all candidates running for office in Hawai‘i, asking them for […]

Users sue JUUL for addicting them to nicotine

JUUL LABS, THE San Francisco-based e-cigarette company, is under pressure from parents, schools, public health advocates, lawmakers, and the Food and Drug Administration for its popularity with younger users, who have gravitated to Juul’s discrete rechargeable vaping device and nicotine pods in flavors like mango and fruit medley. Now come the lawsuits. Since April, consumers […]

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Job Opening: HIPHI Coalitions Assistant for Hawai‘i County

We are seeking an experienced community-driven individual to assist in the coordination and implementation of public health projects and initiatives at the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) for Hawai‘i County and will be physically located in West Hawai‘i County. This position reports to the Community Coordinator for Hawai‘i County and the Programs Director (in Honolulu) and […]

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Hawaii’s Families Should Smile With Confidence

Since 2010, Hawai‘i has received a failing grade in three oral health report cards published by The Pew Center on the States. Specifically, Medicaid does not provide any preventive oral health care for adults and only emergency dental (extraction or pain management). This has resulted in many low-income adults only seeking dental care for acute […]


Summer 2018 Update from the Executive Director

As the summer heats up, we would like to take a moment to remember our friends and partners impacted by the floods on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i in April as well as those suffering in the Puna district. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to everyone impacted. Last week, at HIPHI’s very first Summer Social event, we […]


To Youth Engagement, we say YEAH!

Get Fit Kaua‘i and the County of Kaua‘i partnered together to lead an 11-week Youth Education & Advocacy for Health (YEAH) program developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). The YEAH program engaged 10 middle-school-aged youth from the Lihue Boys and Girls Club to conduct a neighborhood assessment, selected a meaningful project focused […]


Chalk Walks & Smoke Bombs: Welcome to the U.H. Maui College Wellness Fair

The first ever Nani Ke Ola, “Beautiful Life”, Wellness Fair was held on March 15th, 2018, to highlight health resources available to the campus community. Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i was there to mark Kick Butts Day by highlighting the effects of secondhand smoke exposure on campus. The Maui, Molokai, and Lana‘i Coalition for a Tobacco-Free […]


Education is Needed to Drop Vape Usage Rates

Many have heard the terms vaping, Juuling, dripping, draw, and e-smoke among others, but most don’t fully understand the laws that are in place and the repercussions of underage e-cigarette use. Below is a quick guide on where we stand with statewide and Kaua‘i County law. Across the state, youth are using ESDs at an […]

HIPHI Sponsors ‘NO VAPE’ Category in Student Video Competition

As part of the Youth ESD Prevention Project, HIPHI has partnered with Olelo Community Media, who for the last 15 years has held the statewide student video competition that empowers youth to identify and bring critical community issues to the forefront. Students are able to compete in a variety of categories. In line with our […]


Creating Healthier Communities: Kahului Walk Audit

The Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Coalition for Maui, Molokai, and Lanaʻi has been involved in many events these past months. One event worth highlighting is the Creating Healthier Communities: Kahului Walk Audit that took place on May 30, 2018. This event was a true collaborative effort between The Hawai‘i State Department of Health, […]