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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…

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…

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…

Maui Nui Youth Council Celebrates Success

While there are a number of youth-serving organizations in Maui County, there hasn't been an established group that is laser-focused on the youth voice in policymaking around health and substance use. In 2016, three Maui County coalitions came…
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Maui Food Bank launches Give Healthy food drive

Food banks receive a wealth of unhealthy food donations: processed food, heavily-salted canned vegetables and beans, and other items with shockingly long shelf lives. While well intentioned, these foods often go to populations that are at a…

Three Maui County tobacco control policies pass in 2018

It has been a good year for health in Maui! The Maui County Code is being updated by Maui County Council to be consistent with state law, which includes electronic smoking devices (ESDs), more commonly known as e-cigarettes or vapes, under…

Meet the Maui Coalition for Drug Free Youth

HIPHI recently welcomed Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth (MCDFY) and its two staff members, Rick Collins and Ashlee Chapman, to the HIPHI ‘ohana. Formed in 2013, MCDFY is a local community coalition of partner organizations and individuals…

Vision Zero by 2040

On September 15, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa made a proclamation, called Vision 2040, to eliminate traffic deaths on Maui by 2040. To kick off the launch, Creating Healthier Communities — a collaboration between Hawai‘i State Department of…
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Maui PD and CTFH partner to promote new smoke-free vehicles law

As students returned to school this fall, Maui Police Department (MPD) ran a two-week long special operation within school zones to promote seat belt, cell phone, and speeding laws. This year they also highlighted Maui County’s new law, which…
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Employing the Power of Education for Disease Prevention

Over 30 teachers from K-12 public, charter, and independent schools on O‘ahu and Molokai attended a fascinating workshop on "Engaging Students in Citizen Science through the Prevention of Rat Lungworm Disease" this summer at 'Iolani School.…