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Supporting and Promoting our Community Health Workers

It has been an exciting six months for our Community Health Worker (CHW) network and we look forward to continuing this progress over the summer. CHWs have been instrumental in our state’s vaccination efforts, helping to disseminate COVID-19 vaccine information, assisting with community drives, and reaching out to their community members in rural areas. We […]

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New staff join HIPHI in Spring 2021

HIPHI welcomed three new staff over the spring, bringing our numbers to 31 and continuing momentum in some important positions.  Amanda Fernandes is the Policy and Advocacy Director at Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, where she oversees legislative initiatives affecting public health at the state and local level. She works closely with community stakeholders, partner nonprofit […]


HIPHI international dialogues highlight UN solutions for island food systems

Exciting developments continue in the island food systems arena. United Nations Secretary-General António Gutierres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In preparation for this summit, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Secretariat conducted a briefing in […]


Public art and road safety improvements on Papa Avenue and Māʻalo Street

In March 2021, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino, Councilmember Tasha Kama, State Representative Troy Hashimoto, Lihikai School Principal Barbara Ouva Tavares, and nearly twenty community volunteers joined the project team to celebrate the project’s opening and assist with painting the street murals on Papa Avenue and Māʻalo Street.  The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, County of […]

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Hawaiʻi alcohol policy alliance legislative update

The Hawaiʻi Alcohol Policy Alliance (HIAPA) is a new statewide coalition that aims to educate the community and advocate for evidence-based, responsible alcohol policies. HIAPA wrapped up their first legislative session with two main priorities for Hawaii’s communities: Increasing the state alcohol excise tax by $0.10 per drink, and lowering the blood alcohol concentration to […]


Summer 2021 Update from our CEO

Aloha Everyone, The summer is here, school is out, our state is slowly reopening, the economy is rebounding, recovery efforts continue, and yet there is a lingering feeling of cautiousness as people figure out their own realities for a new normal. With 57 percent of Hawaii’s population vaccinated, we are on our way to the […]



Lack of action on e-cigarette flavors remains concerning   (HAWAIʻI) – The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi (CTFH), a program of the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI), applauds the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to eliminate menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Jessica Yamauchi, CEO of HIPHI remarks, “While we recognize […]


Public Health Action: Volunteer Ideas

Mahalo for following along with us during National Public Health Week. We loved recognizing past public health heroes and events that shaped Hawaiʻi, and celebrating current heroes making a difference in our communities! Does your passion for public health inspire you to get involved? Being a public health hero doesn’t require a career in public […]


The Deadly Truth About Menthol

  As the special events and informational posts about Black History Month give way to special events and posts about Women’s History Month, there’s no better time to highlight a topic that plagues both groups: menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes.  As we continue to bear witness to the slow dismantling of systemic racism, its structures, its […]

More New Staff in Spring 2021!

HIPHI welcomes two new staff, expanding our neighbor island ʻohana this spring!  Jade Iokepa joins HIPHI as Community Coordinator for the East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition. Jade has over 18 years of Operations, Marketing, and Management experience and brings an abundance of community connectedness to lead the Coalition in East Hawai’i.  Prior to joining HIPHI, Jade […]