The Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) is Hawai`i’s first 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. For over two decades, HIPA has researched, addressed and resolved key issues facing Hawai`i.


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HIPA's Values

We promote value- and community-based public policy.
We understand Hawai`i and its historical, cultural and political dynamics as a back-drop to public policy.
We emphasize collaborative action and results in creating opportunities and solving problems.
We promote sound public policy that is based on careful research and analysis.
We take no sides. We are a place where public issues can be aired, addressed and resolved.

A Twenty Year Track Record

HIPA has tackled a wide-range of key issues resulting in policy advancements in Hawai`i.

  • Hawai`i Economic & Community Navigator
  • Hawai`i Housing Plan
  • Physical Infrastructure in Hawai`i I & II
  • Venture Capital in Hawai`i
  • Hawai`i Fisheries Initiative
  • Hawai`i Health Policy Task Force
  • Blueprint for Rural Healthcare in Hawai`i
  • Hawai`i Directory of Elected Officials
  • Hawai`i Jobs Initiative
  • State Impact of Nonprofits
  • Hawai`i 2050 Sustainability Plan
  • 21st Century Schools Initiative
  • Impact of Military in Hawai`i
  • Hawai`i New Economy Report I & II
  • Hawai`i Uninsured Project
  • Hawai`i Long-term Care Policy Summit
  • Dual Use Technologies in Hawaii
  • Hawai`i Healthcare Project
  • Hawai`i Food & Biotech Initiative

National and Local Policy Support

Over the years, HIPA has received funding support for its public policy initiatives from a diverse community including government, foundation, corporate entities.

  • Ford Foundation
  • Pew Charitable Trust
  • US Health Resources Administration
  • Omidyar Foundation
  • Hawai`i Community Foundationn
  • State of Hawai`i
  • Atherton Family Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
  • US Economic Development Administration
  • Sam and Mary Cooke Foundation
  • The Learning Coalition
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • HMSA Foundation

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