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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 […]


Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Island: Working Circles-Creating Spaces to Dive Deeper

Starting in January 2021, the Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Island (TFHI) coalition reimplemented the concept of meeting in small workgroups “Working Circles” which have created space to dive deeper into discussion, brainstorming, and problem-solving sessions.  The circles are led by coalition members and provide an opportunity for members to work together in a way that they had […]


Spring Built Environment Updates for Maui County

Public art and road safety improvements coming to Papa Avenue and Māʻalo Street in March To beautify the area, encourage walking and biking, and improve road safety, the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute’s Healthy Eating + Active Living Coalition, the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, County of Maui Department of Public Works, and Maui artist Matthew Agcolicol […]


A Hui Hou, Katie Folio

Aloha, my name is Katie Folio and it has been my privilege to act as the Community Coordinator for the Maui, Molokai, & Lānaʻi Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi (Coalition), a program of the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI), since 2016. During my time with the Coalition, our incredible group of dedicated members and volunteers […]


Spring 2021 Update from our Executive Director

Aloha Everyone, As we nestle into 2021 after a tumultuous 2020, we see a steady pace of change with the new presidential administration. However, we still face several hurdles to overcome from economic recovery to maintaining the safety of Hawaii’s residents. It has been a year since Hawaiʻi implemented COVID-19 restrictions in order to protect […]


Winter 2020 Update from our Executive Director

What a year 2020 has been. While it has been a year of challenges and hardships, there have been silver linings for which we are grateful. We have witnessed our community come together to address immediate response needs and to challenge the status quo. Recognizing the need to not just return to normal but to […]

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Maui’s social host ordinance: an effective solution to prevent underage drinking

As the world continues to be homebound, communities across Hawaiʻi are looking closer at how we protect everyone, especially our most vulnerable, while at home. Our homes have served as a safe environment protecting us from a global pandemic; while for many, the coronavirus lockdown has spotlighted the ongoing crises of child abuse and domestic […]


Winter 2020 public health job opportunities

HIPHI Food Access Coordinator (Maui County) Deadline to apply: January 8, 2021, 5:00pm HIPHI is continuing to grow its food systems capacity. This position seeks to build collaborative capacity within Maui County’s (Maui, Molokai and Lānaʻi) food and commercial agriculture systems to advance high-impact systems interventions. This position will also be responsible to initiate community-building […]