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The Maui Nui Youth Council Leadership and Advocacy Retreat

Saturday, April 22nd was a full day. It was Earth Day, the three year anniversary of the County of Maui Tobacco-Free Beaches and Parks Law, and the kick-off for the Maui Nui Youth Council, which came together for the first time to participate…
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Kalaupapa Community Perspectives Trip

It's easy to find who you're looking for at Ho‘olehua Airport on Molokai, which is a good thing when a group of 17 people need to meet up there, most of whom have never met. That's how our Community Perspectives trip to Kalaupapa began. Luckily,…
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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…

What repealing Obamacare would mean for health in Hawai‘i

Written by Jessica Yamauchi, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute. Aloha, On March 6, the Trump administration and the Republican Congress introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a plan to repeal and replace…
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Kaua’i High School Students Rally for Smoke-Free Vehicles for Keiki

Tobacco-Free Kaua’i has been hard at work educating the ninth graders at Kaua’i High School. Kauai’s rates of tobacco use and electronic cigarettes is one of the highest in the state and e-cig use is shockingly high in middle schools and…
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Kick Butts Day empowers youth to become health advocates

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Across the United States there will be more than 1,000 organized events where teachers, youth leaders and health advocates…
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Dairy Road looks to become a Complete Street

Complete Streets When a street is made “Complete”, it makes the area equitable for all users: motorists, pedestrians, transit/bus users, bicyclists, and the disabled. It helps to address not only the safety of the people moving from place…
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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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Wilcox Elementary puts their best foot forward

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute's Get Fit Kaua‘i Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program continues to grow, with more schools participating in Walk to School Days (W2SD) and identifying infrastructure needs to promote safe walking and biking…
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Whale Day and Tidal Trash Treasures

World Whale Day is an annual event held on Maui by the Pacific Whale Foundation, but this year included something new. The Tidal Trash Treasures Art Contest was open to individuals and school groups who used only the materials they gathered…

Save the Date: Kick Butts Day 3/20/17!!

Save the Date!! Kick Butts Day is March 20, 2017! Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand-up, speak-out, and seize control against Big Tobacco. Thousands of youth will be participating in activities across…