Jessica Yamauchi

As the summer heats up, we would like to take a moment to remember our friends and partners impacted by the floods on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i in April as well as those suffering in the Puna district. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to everyone impacted.

Last week, at HIPHI’s very first Summer Social event, we launched our second annual Legislative Recap and celebrated our youth council member, Sara Kay, who recently received the national Youth Champion Award from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. We thank our sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, and the more than 80 staff, board, partners, advocates, and friends who took the time to support HIPHI on this special evening. Please check out our legislative recap and photos from the event. We are inspired by Sara and are committed to expanding our work with young leaders willing to stand up to and speak out against Big Tobacco. For more information on our youth program, visit our Youth Council page.

With the legislative session behind us and our state gearing up for the primary election on August 11, HIPHI is finalizing a candidate survey on public health issues. We’ll post the results of the survey well in advance of the primary election so that you can see where your candidates stand. As many of you know, our state has historically had the lowest voter turnout in the country. We encourage each and every one of you to ensure your voice is heard by voting. (Register to vote here.)

HIPHI is also excited to be partnering with Aloha United Way and the AmeriCorps program. Rie Kuhaulua started with HIPHI in April as an AmeriCorps service member and will be working on a variety of projects including school-based health, refining HIPHI’s internship program, and developing a robust database for HIPHI. We are lucky to have Rie with us for a year.

We hope you and those you love have a wonderful and healthful summer! HIPHI appreciates your continued support and partnership, and we look forward to continuing to work side-by-side with you to advance health.