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Young Leaders Clean Beaches, Inspire Community

On a Sunday morning at Waihe‘e beach, eight teenagers and a man with a machete are pulling a tangled, bathtub-sized mess of trash and rope out of the bushes. Some of the wet ropes are as thick as the man’s leg, but his machete hacks them…

Maui Nui Food Alliance Meets to Discuss the Future of our Food System

HHawaiʻi imports about 85 to 90 percent of its food to support a population of 1.35 million statewide, with just over 166,000 in Maui County. With an additional 3 million annual visitors on Maui alone, these numbers start becoming hard to comprehend.…

Hana Parent Night Leads to Legislative Advocates

Pristine and Tyra-Li Perry are the inspiring high school students behind Project Ho‘omana in Hana, Maui. Project Ho‘omana’s vision is to empower youth to make good decisions and healthy choices, especially when it comes to underage drinking,…
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HIPHI Welcomes Three New Staff Members

Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute continues to grow and we’ve been lucky to welcome new staff on Oʻahu, Maui and Big Island.   Kirsty Gallaher joins HIPHI as Communications Director. Born in Honolulu, and growing up in South Africa,…
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Maui Coalition seeks direction to address commercial cannabis

Many Americans either have, or will soon have, legal access to cannabis: for medical use or adult or recreational use. Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth (MCDFY) was interested to learn from other states and to examine the potential public health…
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Maui demonstrates Complete Streets and launches Vision Zero

What would a future with zero traffic fatalities and better integration of all modes of transport look like? On October 26, 2019, Mayor Victorino presented a Vision Zero Proclamation for the County of Maui with the goal of zero traffic fatalities…
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Clearing the Cloud: Maui County’s Youth Vaping Epidemic Symposium

Youth use of e-cigarettes, more commonly referred to as vaping, has increased so dramatically over the past several years that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now classifies youth vaping as an epidemic. Less than five percent…
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Planning for multiunit smoke-free housing ordinance in Maui County

The Maui, Molokai, Lāna’i Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai’i (Coalition) has decades of experience when it comes to policy change, but some policies still feel daunting to consider. One such policy is a smoke-free multiunit housing ordinance,…
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Maui Nui Food Alliance has a plan for Maui’s food system

In May, the Maui County Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Coalition and Blue Zones Project Central Maui hosted Inaugural Action Planning meetings for the Maui Nui Food Alliance. The two days were facilitated by Dr. Maggie Adamek, who has…
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Maui Nui Youth Council holds town halls on harms of house parties

To kick off summer break and graduation season, the Maui Nui Youth Council held two town hall meetings between late May and early June to raise community awareness around the harms associated with underage drinking at home and at graduation…
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Maui County is ‘training the trainer’ on vape education

Youth vaping has reached epidemic proportions nationally and Maui County is no exception. In fact, we have much higher youth use rates than the national average, with 32.3 percent of our high school students actively vaping and 18.3 percent…
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Maui County hones walkability plan at 2019 Walkability Action Institute

They’re leavin'…leavin’…on that midnight plane to Georgia. With approximately 12 hours of flight time behind them and confused body clocks set to somewhere just past midnight Hawai‘i Standard Time, a tired but excited contingent of…