Leadership Dinner
Mahalo for Joining Us at the Tenth Annual Public Affairs Leadership Dinner!
On April 15, we honored John Leong of Kupu, retired Hawaii State Auditor Marion Higa, Meredith J. Ching of Alexander & Baldwin and Lawrence Okinaga of Carlsmith Ball, LLP.

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HIPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent research and educational organization whose mission is to provide research, analysis and recommendations on public policy issues facing Hawaii, and to provide opportunities for individuals to develop as productive leaders and citizens in society. We are a positive force that facilitates social and economic progress that benefits the people of Hawaii.

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2014 Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards

2014 Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards

Monday, May 19, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (no-host cocktails at 5:00 p.m.)

Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom

An annual tradition since 2003, the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs Ho‘oulu Leadership Awards honors leaders from across all sectors of our community to celebrate their accomplishments in advancing public policy. This year’s honorees are:  Read More…

Now Available: the 2014 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.

2014 HIPA Directory Sponsors

2013 Hawai‘i Healthcare Summit

Registration open!

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.

For more information, visit the 2013 Hawai‘i Healthcare Summit!

‘Ōlelo Broadcast: 2013 Annual Leadership Dinner

Tune in and watch the event that took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa on April 15, 2013.

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New Spaces for Brain Waves

Photo illustration by David Swann. Photo courtesy of Brainspaces.At “Facilities Matter: The Case for 21st Century Schools,” a symposium held at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and hosted by the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) and presented by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), a group of experts in innovative school design presented on how profoundly the physical environment affects schooling and pointed out ways in which the state’s public schools fall short. Full article

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