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Kauai Returning to the Classroom and Preparing for the 2021-22 School Year

Last year saw dramatic changes to the lives and livelihood of everyone, especially Hawaii’s youth and families. Education went online, sports were cancelled, and for extended periods of time families could not see one another unless they lived in the same household. There was hope for students to return to classrooms for the entire 2020-21 […]

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2021 Post-Legislative Session Update

The 2021 Legislative Session ended in late April, and with its conclusion, 265 bills (9.4 percent) were sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. While HIPHI and its coalitions identified several policy priorities at the beginning of session, and ultimately supported a range of bills that advanced public health in our state. Good bills that […]

2021 Farm to School Legislative Recap

During the 2021 session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui actively monitored and testified on twelve bills and two resolutions related to farm to school. After multiple committee hearings in both the Senate and House of Representatives with input from hundreds of testifiers, along with the requisite floor votes by […]

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HIPHI’s Internship and Volunteer Program Update – Summer 2021

Public Health Internship and Volunteer Program at HIPHI HIPHI’s Internship and Volunteer Program offers students experiential learning opportunities, the opportunity to practice public health skills, network with coalitions, and work closely with HIPHI mentors. Over the past two years between Spring 2020 and Summer 2021, a total of 49 HIPHI interns and volunteers have completed […]

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The Power of Community Efforts During the Pandemic

There’s one thing we can all agree on, in some shape or form, the pandemic has brought hardships for every person. We recognize that there is a lot of discouraging news circulating in our media, and we wanted to use our platform to highlight community members statewide who support community outreach and COVID-19 relief efforts. […]

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East Hawai’i Alcohol Awareness Sign-Waving Event

April was Alcohol Awareness Month and Hawaiʻi residents showed up to support! Over 50 East Hawaiʻi residents lined the busy main highway near Walmart in Hilo on April 23, 2021, to spread awareness and show support for the issue.  Many made homemade posters to remind our communities to “Think Before You Drink” and “Choose Prevention […]

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Community Spotlight! Introducing Jessica Thompson of People for Active Transportation Hawai’i

Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Hawaiʻi Island is driven by the work of partners: from food systems to worksite wellness, partnerships make light work of broad, diverse, and ever-expanding community change. One of Hawaiʻi Island’s HEAL partners is PATH, People for Active Transportation Hawaiʻi [formerly, People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaiʻi]. Jessica Thompson, PATH Executive […]