Leadership Dinner
Mahalo for attending the
2014 Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards!

May 19, 2014

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Transforming Hawaii's healthcare system is an urgent need, with cost rising several times faster than the annual inflation rate and access to quality care uneven throughout our state.

21st Century Schools
Teaching for tomorrow's jobs means creating an educational environment focused on innovation.

Hawaii's physical infrastructure is old and failing. This comprehensive, statewide summary of infrastructure projects identifies urgent needs and costs.


pete_thompsonIn memory of Pete Thompson, Chairman of the HIPA Board of Directors from 2004 until his death

Pete, you inspired us with your lifelong commitment to social equality and compassion for the less fortunate in our community. We will always remember you with deep respect and gratitude. Thank you for your leadership. Aloha ‘Oe, Dear Friend.

August 2, 1949-March 10, 2015

Our Mission

The Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs generates and communicates new knowledge and original research to improve the quality of life in our islands. We are Hawai‘i’s first independent and nonpartisan public policy institute, founded on a philosophy of community collaboration, fact-based research and issues education. By creating an informed atmosphere for policy-makers and community leaders, we provide tools and opportunities to strengthen Hawai‘i’s public decision-making process.

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Jeanne Schultz Afuvai Appointed President and CEO of Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs

Jeanne Schultz AfuvaiHONOLULU (April 22, 2015) – The Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) has appointed Jeanne Schultz Afuvai as president and CEO. She is responsible for moving HIPA forward as the premier public policy firm in the state and for overseeing all projects and fundraising.

“Jeanne has unparalleled experience in collaborating with all levels of government and working in the business sector. She has an unrelenting passion for making Hawaii a better place and has been continually involved in the community,” said Lauren Nahme, HIPA board member. “Under her dedicated leadership, HIPA will seek innovative ways to inform the policy-making process with stakeholder perspective, credible data and information, and transparent processes.”

With over three decades in public policy, research, advocacy, economic development and community affairs, Schultz Afuvai has led a number of HIPA’s projects since joining the firm in 2006.

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Now Available: the 2015 Hawai‘i Directory of Public Officials

Hawai‘i Leaders

Visit d.hipaonline.com from your phone or tablet or pick up a paper copy at the Hawai‘i State Capitol Public Access Room: Room 401, 415 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96813 after February 3, 2015.

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Physical Infrastructure in Hawaii: Phase II

Phase II

As a follow-up to HIPA’s Phase I report issued in 2010, HIPA retained RM Towill to do an assessment of the state’s infrastructure needs for the next 20 years. Please click here to download the full Phase II report, which concludes that the state faces over $15 billion in infrastructure needs through 2034, which, if fully constructed, could result in over $1.7 billion in tax revenue to the state, and lead to the creation of over 212,000 jobs.

2014 Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards: Photos and Videos

2014 Honorees

Mahalo all those who attended the 2014 Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards. Photos from the event are available on Facebook and on Flickr. Videos created by Searider Productions of the honorees and video of the entire program by ‘Ōlelo are both available here.

2013 Hawai‘i Healthcare Summit

Mahalo all who attended!


With over 40 local and national speakers, the 2013 Hawai‘i Healthcare Summit is the event of the year for professionals inside and outside the rapidly-changing healthcare industry. Whether you are a healthcare provider, insurer, administrator, advocate, human resource professional, tax attorney, policymaker, business owner, accountant, or are otherwise impacted by healthcare, this summit is for you.

As Hawai‘i navigates the complexities of healthcare reform, this summit will unveil the state of Hawai‘i’s roadmap for healthcare transformation and provide the latest information on how the Affordable Care Act and Hawai‘i Health Connector (Hawai‘i’s new online insurance marketplace) are being implemented.

Videos and slides available: 2013 Hawai‘i Healthcare Summit / Hawai‘i Healthcare Project

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