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Hawaiʻi Island HEAL works in tandem with all of our Hawaiʻi Island coalitions to cultivate a healthier Hawaiʻi Island community. We believe in lifting up community members to achieve positive health outcomes and we do it by collaborating with partners across a wide range of sectors and Hawaiʻi Island districts.

Hawaiʻi Island coalition coordinators work to advance local level policies aimed to increase access to healthy foods and active transportation and supports statewide policies focused on healthy eating and active living through the HEAL Statewide Coalition.

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2023 Highlights and 2024 Priorities

  • Trek the Trails: Community activation events funded by a Transportation Alternative Grant activate and promote the three multi-use trails on Hawai‘i Island and provide education on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Walk and Roll to School webinars & activations 
  • Provided facilitation and operational assistance for Food Summits on O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island
  • Active member of the Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance Steering Committee
  • Build a Hawai’i County HEAL Coalition to focus on Food Access and Built Environment initiatives throughout the county
  • Engage in policy advocacy for bills such as: DA BUX, Universal School Meals, and farm to food bank 
  • Lead Safe Route to School initiatives, including assisting with the implementation of Act 244 (HB600) Relating to Safe Routes to School and the creation of an Advisory Committee
  • Provide education related to healthy eating and active living concepts through community engagement

If you would like to get involved, or have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact our Hawaiʻi Island HEAL coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you!

Patti Hatzistavrakis

Patti Hatzistavrakis

East Hawai‘i Health Eating + Active Living Initiative Coalition Coordinator
Patti joined HIPHI in August 2023 to lead the Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle Initiative in East Hawai‘i. She has a background in nutrition and experience developing relationships with local agencies and diverse groups to create community-centric health and wellness programs. Originally from Pennsylvania, Patti moved to the Big Island in 2012. Holding a B.A. in Kinesiology (Health Promotion) from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Patti is committed to utilizing her talents to advance the health and wellness of the people of Hawai‘i.
Kealoha Madriaga

Kealoha Madriaga

West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator

Kealoha joined HIPHI in March 2023 as the West Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator. Before joining HIPHI, Kealoha was engaged in tobacco education, coalition, and policy work with Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Island for three years. She worked as a certified tobacco treatment specialist, where she helped her community quit their tobacco use and encourage healthier lifestyles and helped organize the youth coalition on Hawai‘i Island, the Hawai‘i Island Youth Academy.

Kealoha was born and raised in Hakipu‘u, O‘ahu, and moved to Hawai‘i Island in 2003, currently residing in the beautiful town of Waimea. During her free time, Kealoha enjoys planting succulents, being outdoors, going to the beach, and spending time with family.

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