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More than 70 youth advocates participate in Kick Butts Day 2017

Today’s Kick Butts Day event at the State Capitol drew more than 70 young advocates from across the state to urge the legislature to pass Senate Bill 261, which would prohibit smoking or vaping in vehicles when a minor is present. Organized…
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Legislative Update from the Policy Director

We are over halfway through the legislative session and a lot has happened since Opening Day! We thank you for your continued support -- your advocacy efforts are critical in keeping our issues moving through the legislature. Here is an update…

Hawai‘i County HEAL Partnering with the Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance

The Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance (HIFA),  first convened in January 2016 by the Blue Zones Project® Hawai‘i Island,  is a partnership representing 20 organizations from diverse backgrounds. HIFA committees focus on the islands unique…
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East Hawaii Perspective on Health Visit to Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resource Center

On February 16, a diverse group of East Hawai‘i community leaders from academic, business, agriculture and public health areas gathered for a Perspective on Community Health field trip at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture…
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HIPHI Staff and Board Visit Ho’oulu ‘Aina deep in the valley of Kalihi

This last week, our staff and board visited and learned about the property managed by the Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Comprehensive Health Center and their 1.65 acre organic farm. This day of fellowship and bonding provided us an opportunity to…
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National Food Day on Big Island promotes healthy, local food

We were thrilled to be a part of Food Day at KTA Superstores in Hilo, Waimea, Keahou and Waikoloa. The day opened with a proclamation from Hawai‘i County’s Managing Director, Randy Kurohara, followed by events throughout the day. Blue…
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East Hawai‘i youth give us hope for a tobacco-free future

November is always a fun and active month for Tobacco-Free East Hawai`i with multiple tobacco and e-cigarette prevention presentations and, of course, the annual Waiakea High Great American Smokeout (GASO) event on November 17. On  GASO…
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West Hawai‘i HEAL joins Chef Stephen Rouelle to tackle Diabetes through a plant-based diet

To recognize Diabetes Awareness Month in November, HIPHI Healthy Living Active Living (HEAL) Hawai’i Island and ChoiceMART at Kealakekua Ranch Center invited Chef Stephen to share his expertise, experience with plant-based eating, and his…
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Wayfinding with Hilo Bayfront Trails

The Hawai`i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), in collaboration with the State Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, is supporting Hilo Bayfront Trails (HBFT) in the development of a community plan…
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And another problem with cigarette butts… drought

Cigarette butt litter continues to be a worldwide issue. Littered butts can be found everywhere. On the Island of Hawai‘i, and everywhere else, this litter is found on the shoreline, beaches, parks, roadways. Butts end up in the stomachs of…
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Bikeshare + Bike/Pedestrian Safety Campaign Launch in Kona

BIKESHARE NOW IN KAILUA KONA! People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) launched the island's first Bike Share along with an accompanying Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign in Kailua Kona late August. During the Bike Share Media Event…
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Youth Council Retreat Brings 44 Youth Together To Learn, Share & Connect

On August 13th, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (CTFH)  held a Youth Council retreat at Secret Island Beach on Oahu. A total of 44 participants took part in the event representing O‘ahu , Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, and…