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Governor Signs Emergency Proclamation in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Ana

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed an emergency proclamation in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana, which is forecast to impact the state this weekend, possibly as a hurricane.

The proclamation, which includes all of the main Hawaiian Islands, allows the state to draw upon funds for protective measures. It also allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the suspension of certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.

“Now is the time for all of us to prepare for Ana,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “The best way the state can prepare is through this proclamation, which allows us to respond quickly to any potential impacts.”

The disaster emergency relief period for the proclamation begins today and continues through Oct. 24, 2014.

Recommended preparedness actions may be found on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at scd.hawaii.gov. Residents are also encouraged to enroll in local notification systems and monitor local radio and television broadcasts.

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Governor Releases $855,000 for Agriculture Projects, Hawaii Film Facility

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $855,000 for various capital improvement projects that invest in Hawaii’s local agriculture and film industries.

“We are moving forward on our sustainability initiatives by decreasing our dependence on imported foods,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “These projects will give many of our local farmers the tools that they need to overcome the challenges that face their industry.”

“Hawaii’s film industry plays an important role in the overall health of the state’s economy,” said Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson. “These funds will help us determine exactly what the industry needs in terms of infrastructure and where the best possible place in the islands might be to develop that infrastructure. The process will go a long way in helping us take Hawaii’s film and creative media industries to the next level and send a clear message that the state is serious about being one of the preeminent filming destinations in the world.”

View allotment of funds for the projects, identified by state legislators, and approved by the Governor.

Department of Health Rules Out Ebola Case After Disease Investigation

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has determined that the individual in isolation at a Honolulu hospital who was reported to the department as a possible Ebola case yesterday does not meet the criteria for testing. The individual is no longer under evaluation for possible Ebola infection.

"The hospital acted in the best interests of the community, with an abundance of caution,” said Health Director Dr. Linda Rosen. “We commend the facility for being prepared and remaining vigilant regarding the risk of Ebola. After investigation by the health department, it was determined that the individual did not meet the clinical or travel exposure criteria for an Ebola infection."

With the nation on heightened alert for possible Ebola cases, physicians are reminded to follow the guidelines established by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information on Ebola infection is available at www.cdc.gov/Ebola.

DOH continues to work with the healthcare community, state, county, and federal officials to prepare for a possible Ebola case.

Governor Issues Executive Order Turning Over State-Owned Portion of Chain of Craters Road to Hawaii County

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today issued an executive order that turns over 3.68 miles of the state-owned portion of Chain of Craters Road near Kalapana to Hawaii County.

The executive order states that the land is “hereby turned over to the County of Hawaii, in fee simple, for use as a county highway, and the County of Hawaii shall hereafter be responsible for its repair and maintenance as a county highway.”

On Sept. 15, Gov. Abercrombie signed a supplemental emergency proclamation to include the repair, restorations, rebuilding, or reestablishment of Chain of Craters Road, for use as an alternate emergency route should the June 27th lava flow cross Highway 130 near Pahoa and isolate communities in lower Puna from the rest of Hawaii County. That proclamation, a supplement to the original emergency proclamation signed on Sept. 5, also extended the disaster emergency relief period through Dec. 1, 2014.

The original proclamation suspended certain laws as needed for emergency purposes, including state restrictions on reestablishing abandoned roads that may be used should lava cross Highway 130. It also activated the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the state Legislature for disaster relief and facilitates access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels.

Lava Flow: Community Meeting Oct. 2, Information Center Open

The next lava flow community update meeting will be held with representatives from Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

In addition, the County of Hawaii has established an Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center at the Pahoa Community Center. Residents are invited to the information center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday next week for answers to their questions.

For the latest Civil Defense message, go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/. For more information, contact Hawaii County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.​

Governor Signs Supplemental Emergency Proclamation in Preparation of Lava Flow Crossing Highway 130

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a supplemental emergency proclamation to include the repair, restorations, rebuilding, or reestablishment of Chain of Craters Road, for use as an alternate emergency route should the June 27th lava flow cross Highway 130 near Pahoa and isolate communities in lower Puna from the rest of Hawaii County.

“Even though the lava flow appears to have slowed to a halt for the time being, the state and Hawaii County are prepared and moving forward together with contingency plans in the event the lava does progress farther,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

Today’s proclamation, supplemental to the emergency proclamation signed on Sept. 5, also extends the disaster emergency relief period through Dec. 1, 2014.

The original proclamation suspended certain laws as needed for emergency purposes, including state restrictions on reestablishing abandoned roads that may be used should lava cross Highway 130. It also activated the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the state Legislature for disaster relief and facilitates access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels.

Residents are also encouraged to enroll in local notification systems and monitor local radio and television broadcasts.

Governor Releases $1.52 Million in Grants to Local Nonprofits

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $1.52 million for various capital improvement and operating grants to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit island communities.
“Nonprofits play an integral role in addressing the needs of our communities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “These funds will provide important services and facilities to those in need to create a better Hawaii for all of us.”
Nonprofits receiving funds include Pacific Renal Care Foundation, YWCA of Kauai, Hookupaa, Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, Gregory House Programs, Ku Aloha Ola Mau, Poi Dogs and Popoki, and Hui o Laka.

View the full allotment of funds for projects, identified by state legislators, and approved by the Governor

DOH is in the process of drafting its updated Water Quality Plan, which is an important component of the Hawaii Water Plan. The draft Water Quality Plan provides information on DOH’s ongoing water quality work across many of its different programs, and describes goals and priority actions. The Plan is currently available atwww.health.hawaii.gov/water and we welcome your comments and feedback. The comment period closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2014. Please send all comments to WQPComments@doh.hawaii.gov.

Governor Abercrombie, Lt. Gen. Kicklighter and MG Wong hold the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag. As the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War begins, the Hawaii Department of Defense Office of Veterans Services has formed a 50th State Commemorative Committee with partners in the military, community and industry to plan major events from 2015 to 2017 to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of these brave men and women.A representation of the Vietnam Service Medal (ribbon) rests below the inner rings. The red, white, and blue inner rings represent the flag of the United States of America and recognize all Americans, both military and civilian, who served or contributed to the Vietnam War effort.The outer black ring serves as a reminder of those who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War. The black ring surrounds the red, white, and blue rings to call attention to their sacrifices, the sacrifices of their families, and the defense of our nation’s freedom.Within the blue ring are the words “Service, Valor and Sacrifice”; virtues demonstrated by our veterans during the Vietnam War. The gold-rimmed white star located between the words “Service” and “Valor” represents hope for the families of those veterans for which there has not been a full accounting. The blue-rimmed gold star located between the words “Valor” and “Sacrifice” represents the families of those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the war. The blue star at the bottom of the inner blue ring represents the families of all veterans and symbolizes their support from home
At the bottom of the inner blue ring are six white stars, three on each side of the blue star. These six white stars symbolize the contributions and sacrifices made by the United States and its Allies, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Thailand. 
The center circle contains a map of Vietnam in black outline relief, signifying both the country and the Vietnamese veterans who stood with our veterans. The subdued outlines of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and surrounding waters represent the area of operation where U.S. Armed Forces served.The green laurel wreath signifies honor for all who served.The phrase “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” is the personal message to each veteran, civilian, family member, and all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.The seal’s blue background is the same color as the canton in the United States Flag. When placed next to the flags of World War II and the Korean War Commemoration Flags, the Vietnam War Commemoration Flag will signify the Vietnam Veterans taking their rightful place among generations of U.S. veterans.
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Governor Abercrombie, Lt. Gen. Kicklighter and MG Wong hold the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Flag. As the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War begins, the Hawaii Department of Defense Office of Veterans Services has formed a 50th State Commemorative Committee with partners in the military, community and industry to plan major events from 2015 to 2017 to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of these brave men and women.

A representation of the Vietnam Service Medal (ribbon) rests below the inner rings. 

The red, white, and blue inner rings represent the flag of the United States of America and recognize all Americans, both military and civilian, who served or contributed to the Vietnam War effort.

The outer black ring serves as a reminder of those who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War. The black ring surrounds the red, white, and blue rings to call attention to their sacrifices, the sacrifices of their families, and the defense of our nation’s freedom.

Within the blue ring are the words “Service, Valor and Sacrifice”; virtues demonstrated by our veterans during the Vietnam War. The gold-rimmed white star located between the words “Service” and “Valor” represents hope for the families of those veterans for which there has not been a full accounting. The blue-rimmed gold star located between the words “Valor” and “Sacrifice” represents the families of those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the war. The blue star at the bottom of the inner blue ring represents the families of all veterans and symbolizes their support from home

At the bottom of the inner blue ring are six white stars, three on each side of the blue star. These six white stars symbolize the contributions and sacrifices made by the United States and its Allies, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Thailand. 

The center circle contains a map of Vietnam in black outline relief, signifying both the country and the Vietnamese veterans who stood with our veterans. The subdued outlines of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and surrounding waters represent the area of operation where U.S. Armed Forces served.

The green laurel wreath signifies honor for all who served.

The phrase “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” is the personal message to each veteran, civilian, family member, and all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.

The seal’s blue background is the same color as the canton in the United States Flag. When placed next to the flags of World War II and the Korean War Commemoration Flags, the Vietnam War Commemoration Flag will signify the Vietnam Veterans taking their rightful place among generations of U.S. veterans.

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