Kauai Returning to the Classroom and Preparing for the 2021-22 School Year

Last year saw dramatic changes to the lives and livelihood of everyone, especially Hawaii’s youth and families. Education went online, sports were cancelled, and for extended periods of time families could not see one another unless they…
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2021 Post-Legislative Session Update

The 2021 Legislative Session ended in late April, and with its conclusion, 265 bills (9.4 percent) were sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. While HIPHI and its coalitions identified several policy priorities at the beginning…

2021 Farm to School Legislative Recap

During the 2021 session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui actively monitored and testified on twelve bills and two resolutions related to farm to school. After multiple committee hearings in both the Senate…

Supporting and Promoting our Community Health Workers

It has been an exciting six months for our Community Health Worker (CHW) network and we look forward to continuing this progress over the summer. CHWs have been instrumental in our state’s vaccination efforts, helping to disseminate COVID-19…
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New staff join HIPHI in Spring 2021

HIPHI welcomed three new staff over the spring, bringing our numbers to 31 and continuing momentum in some important positions.  Amanda Fernandes is the Policy and Advocacy Director at Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, where she oversees…
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HIPHI’s Internship and Volunteer Program Update – Summer 2021

Public Health Internship and Volunteer Program at HIPHI HIPHI’s Internship and Volunteer Program offers students experiential learning opportunities, the opportunity to practice public health skills, network with coalitions, and work closely…
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The Kūpuna Vaccination Outreach Group helps to get over 91 percent of kūpuna vaccinated against COVID-19

When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in Hawaiʻi, kūpuna aged 75 and older were one of the first groups eligible for vaccination as part of the state’s plan to minimize risk of severe COVID-19 infection and save as many lives…
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The Līhuʻe Loop: Motivating the community to stay active, healthy, and involved in the heart of Kauaʻi

As if you needed more reasons to get outside this summer: grab your mobile device and check out the Lihue Loop! Created by Get Fit Kauaʻi, the loop is a 1.3-mile self-guided walking tour that begins and ends at Kalena Park.  The tour takes…
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Maui Food Bank encourages virtual food drives to meet community needs during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maui Food Bank went from serving 9,000 - 10,000 people in Maui County to over 50,000 people at the height of the pandemic. This was a direct effect of the high unemployment rate in Maui County during the COVID-19…
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Kaukau 4 Keiki Program Launches to Provide Healthy Summer Food Access

The Kaukau 4 Keiki summer meal program was recently created to address the gap in food access for children in Hawaiʻi during the summer months. Supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer School Food Services, the Hawaiʻi Child…
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HIPHI international dialogues highlight UN solutions for island food systems

Exciting developments continue in the island food systems arena. United Nations Secretary-General António Gutierres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In…
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Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth Launches New Website on Maui Social Host Ordinance

A new ordinance aimed at reducing underage drinking goes into effect on September 1 for the island of Maui. To help educate the community about the ordinance, the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth launched a new website this month with information…