After a brief hiatus, our Perspectives on Community Health field trips are back! These field trips are an opportunity for all to step out of regular routines and visit organizations to learn about their work and how they are positively affecting the health of their communities.
Some highlights from this year include gleaning for star apples on Kaua’i, hiking down into Kalaupapa on Moloka’i, and checking out some amazing street art by Pow Wow in Kaka’ako on O’ahu. Collaborating with such organizations not only helps shed light on their incredible work, but also gives attendees the chance to exchange ideas and have discussions around how we can more effectively work together to benefit communities around the state.
Many now recognize the urgent need to think differently about what health is and how we improve it. Our Perspectives field trips provide a hands-on, interactive opportunity to do that.
For our team at HIPHI, health is sharing Hawaiian mo’olelo (stories and history) through contemporary design. Health is identifying barriers that may disrupt a keiki’s progress towards higher education and addressing it. Health is learning to sustainably grow food. And more.
Across our beautiful islands, from mauka to makai, health is all around us. Our goal is to find it and understand what drives it. This fall, we will be visiting a number of organizations, including Mala’ai Gardens, Kealopiko, and the Nu’uanu Learning Center to name a few. Please join us on one of our upcoming Perspectives on Community Health field trips and get some new perspective on health.