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Introducing Andrew Snow: Maui’s New HEAL Coordinator

In May 2022, the Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Coalition of Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi welcomed a new community coordinator! As part of this growth, the Maui HEAL Coalition bid a most fond farewell, with heartfelt gratitude, to previous coordinator: Lauren Loor. Since 2017, Lauren shaped the Coalition into the inclusive, collaborative, and sustainable community force that it is today. MAHALO Lauren for all of your hard work and contributions! We welcome Andrea Snow as coordinator of the Maui HEAL Coalition. 

Andrea was born near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and had the privilege of being raised with grandparents who were farmers, immigrants, and excellent teachers. Naturally, she followed in their footsteps and fell in love with agriculture. At a young age she began farming with them, and has been growing, cooking, and teaching about food ever since. 

Andrea entered college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the plan of becoming a journalist. She soon came to realize, however, that she wanted to combine writing with an education in health and agricultural sciences. She gained extensive field research experience working on climate change in Glacier National Park, organic crop production at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station, and bioenergy production, pollinator efficiency, and pest management for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. 

During school, Andrea volunteered her time by starting a non-profit student-run cafe, where her campus community could get homemade, affordable, locally-sourced and healthy meals. This cafe continues to serve the local community and farmers, ten years later. She also made good use of the nation’s largest community garden and producer-only farmer’s markets. 

After graduating with a B.S. in Life Science Communication, she unfortunately needed to take a break from school after the passing of her brother in a single vehicle crash. While doing so, she worked in restaurants and on farms across central and South America, and fell back in love with feeding people.

Over the next nine years, Andrea established and ran K-12 school garden and education programs in multiple states. She was the Hawai‘i state FoodCorps Fellow 2014-2016, where she helped establish the fledgling farm-to-school program. Working closely with The Kohala Center and the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui and School Garden Hui, she helped organize Hawai‘iʻs first statewide farm-to-school conference, advocated for Hawai‘iʻs first Farm to School Bill in 2015, and trained over two dozen school garden teachers across Molokaʻi, Oʻahu and Big Island. 

While working in Hawai‘i, Andrea completed her Master of Public Health from George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. This led her to a job with the City of Austin, Texas, where she worked on Zero Waste strategic planning, and municipal composting policy for a half million residents. 

Thankfully, Andrea was able to move back to Hawai‘i in 2019, where she found a home at the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) as a Community Coordinator for the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth.  With an excellent group of community leaders, the coalition advocated successfully for passage of Mauiʻs civil social host legislation, and participated in state efforts to raise the alcohol tax and lower the threshold for drunk driving.  

Working with the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth has given Andrea many tools and opportunities to connect with and learn about the community and developed a strong foundation to do the work that we do. Joining HIPHI and running a coalition during the COVID-19 pandemic was a great way for Andrea  to learn new ways to connect with community members during a time when most of our work was being done virtually. The Maui community, and all of the special people and places that make it unique, motivate her to continue to find ways to make a difference. 

Andrea looks forward to working with HEAL members and our partners in building off of the great work our community has done thus far to ensure access to healthy food and active living are a reality for all of Maui County. Contact Andrea Snow at or at 808-591-6508 extension 24.

Lauren Loor

Lauren Loor, MPH

Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Program Manager
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