At HIPHI, advancing policy is a major part of our organization’s mission and goals. As a result, we host an annual policy and advocacy training to empower new and aspiring advocates with the information and skills needed to make a change in their community.

Due to the pandemic this year, our training was turned into an online series leading up to the 2021 legislative session! The sessions were designed to build on each other, starting with an introduction to policy, then guiding participants through different aspects of successful advocacy (organizing, communications, and telling your story), and closing with a legislative panel. Even if you missed them, you can view past sessions here. Register for the remaining January session today!

These trainings were organized by Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network, Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, Blue Zones Project Hawaiʻi, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Common Cause Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, and PHOCUSED.


Training 5 of 5:  Legislative panel: How has COVID-19 changed the way we interact with elected officials?

Jan. 10, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Hear from officials on remote testifying best practices, keeping up communication, and how to build a relationship in a virtual space

Presented by Kathleen Algire, Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network and Sandy Ma, Common Cause Hawaiʻi.



Again, if you missed any of the sessions, the recordings and materials are available at

Training 1 of 5: Civics for Change

Nov. 15, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Want to better your community and don’t know where to start? This interactive session will teach you the key steps to becoming a changemaker. Bring your ideas and a friend.

Presented by Jaylen Murakami, Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute and Colby Takeda, Blue Zones Project Hawaiʻi.

Training 2 of 5:Building Power in Challenging Times

Nov. 22, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Organizing, networking and leadership development values and strategies to mobilize for change.

Presented by Christy MacPherson, PHOCUSED.

Training 3 of 5:Getting your message out through effective PR and communications

Dec. 6, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

During COVID-19, communications are more important than ever. Learn about getting your message out through traditional media and public relations (news articles, op-eds, letters to the editor) along with digital communications (social media, emails, and more).

Presented by Ryan Catalani, Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network. 

Training 4 of 5:What to do now that session is here

Dec. 13, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

This session will address how to submit testimony, contacting your legislator, doing one-on-one meetings with legislators, how to use your story and why this is important.

Presented by Laura Nevitt, Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network