Posted by Kahoomiki on December 2nd, 2008

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Organizational Background

Kaho‘omiki was organized as Governor’s Council under the John Waihee administration more than 20 years ago, but transitioned to Hawai‘i’s Council on Physical Activity when Governor Ben Cayetano was elected to office. After serving a number of years as a statewide clearing house for physical activity advocates, Kaho‘omiki reorganized and incorporated as a 501c3 non profit in 2003 with the purpose of supporting and funding the activities of a proposed Governor’s Council under Governor Linda Lingle and continuing their service as a community coalition of public and private partners interested in the promotion of physical activity.  The primary roles and functions of Kaho‘omiki include the following:

Kaho‘omiki has been affiliated with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and was a member of the National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports, now known as the National Association for Health and Fitness.  Both organizations exist to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles, and support and foster the organization of Governor’s and State Councils on physical fitness and sports in every state and U.S. territory.  Currently, 37 states have active councils that promote physical fitness for persons of all ages and abilities.

A New Kaho‘omiki

In 2004, Kaho‘omiki attempted to renew a working relationship with the State Department of Health that would allow the organizations to collectively address physical inactivity in Hawai‘i, combat the obesity epidemic, and develop and coordinate statewide efforts to improve the health of our communities. This proposal by the Kaho‘omiki Board of Directors was modeled after similar successes achieved in other states, including Colorado, Arizona, and California. Similar to Hawai‘i, those Councils are community-driven through public-private partnerships with a centralized nonprofit serving in a fiduciary role.

In May 2005, Kaho‘omiki signed a letter of agreement with the Dept. of Health agreeing to terms that would achieve this goal, position Kaho‘omiki in their ongoing role as the clearinghouse for physical activity advocates and initiatives in the state, and allow the organizations to collaborate and partner on achieving the objectives of the state’s new physical activity and nutrition strategic plan.

At this time, Kaho‘omiki was contacted by HMSA to consider adopting the Fun 5 program, an after school physical and nutrition program for elementary aged children developed by HMSA and the University of Hawai‘i.  The transition of the Fun 5 program from HMSA to Kaho‘omiki provided an appropriate, meaningful, and timely opportunity to reaffirm their mission by hosting a bona fide, evidence-based physical activity initiative in which the core components have already been established and funded.  Fun 5 validates the need for Kaho‘omiki and allows the organization to reposition itself with an established program that requires a high level of commitment, ongoing support, funding, analysis, and quality improvement. With a new foundation and renewed spirit, Kaho‘omiki will have the experience and success to be able to move forward on other proposed public-private partnerships and initiatives that contribute to their mission and sustain the organization.

Vision Statement

An active and healthy community – from keiki to kupuna – regularly engaged in recreation, sports, fitness and play.

Mission Statement

To actively support and encourage lifelong healthy lifestyles, through physical activity and good nutrition, as well as community and social interaction, to enhance the quality of life of Hawai’i residents.

Organizational Values

A physically active lifestyle and good nutrition are critical to lifelong health and happiness, and contributes substantially to the social and economic well-being of Hawaii’s schools, communities and industries

People of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic status must have opportunities to participate in a variety of active recreation and sports – and an understanding of good nutrition to enjoy the long-term benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Community networking is necessary to achieve lifelong, lifestyle changes.

In addition Kaho‘omiki strives to

Advocate for policy changes.

Motivate and inspire Kama‘aina to embrace healthy lifestyles.

Apply research to support and strengthen analysis.

Host demonstration projects.

Maintain affiliation with the National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports, now known as the National Association for Health and Fitness.