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Reaching out to shape the path forward

How has your behavior changed over the course of the pandemic? Many of us shop differently, perhaps buying more things online. Some of us entertain ourselves differently, playing games and watching shows instead of going to a movie theater or…
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Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth Launches New Website on Maui Social Host Ordinance

A new ordinance aimed at reducing underage drinking goes into effect on September 1 for the island of Maui. To help educate the community about the ordinance, the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth launched a new website this month with information…
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Boys & Girls Club, Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth host virtual teen talent contest; concert

Together with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth held its first ever Virtual Teen Talent Contest and Concert for this year’s Teen Expo event. Teen Expo is an annual gathering of Maui teens to enjoy good,…
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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…
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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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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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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…