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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 Obesity Prevention Task Force.

Healthy Eating + Active Living


Key Projects

  • Providing technical support for Hawaiʻi Island Food Alliance
  • Serving as a resource for healthy food drive events via logistics assistance, identify needs and barriers in the breastfeeding and lactation community
  • Engaging our Hawaiʻi Island community in public/private partnerships to increase active living and safe multi-modal transportation options
  • Supporting programs for healthy food access and physical activity in rural and urban businesses and communities. 
Hilo Bayfront Trails
Hilo Bayfront Trails Board members and Friends of Trail erecting new wayfinding signs, provided by HIPHI, funded by DOH. March 2018

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!

Jahkotta Lewis

Jahkotta Lewis

East Hawai‘i Tobacco and HEAL Coalition Coordinator
[she/her] Jahkotta joined HIPHI in May of 2022 as the East Hawai‘i Coalition Coordinator for CTFH and HEAL. She previously worked for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii and the National Park Service as a Cultural Resource Specialist. With a background in cultural resources, public outreach, intra-agency policy, and cooperative agreements, she brings a unique set of skills to tobacco prevention and control. Jahkotta holds a BA from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She enjoys gardening and raising baby goats.
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.