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NEWS RELEASE: Hanapepe-Eleele Recognized as HHARP Disaster Resilient Community

Posted on May 20, 2019 in Latest Department News

Hanapēpē-Eleele HHARP was honored as a Hawai’i Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP) disaster resilient community by local and state officials during the Kaua’i Community Disaster Preparedness Fair. This fair was held at the Hanapēpē National Guard Armory on May 18, 2019. Fair organizers are members of a community group named Hanapēpē-Eleele HHARP.

Hanapēpē-Eleele together with Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), Kaua’i County Emergency Management (KEMA), and the Department of Defense worked together for a three-year period to complete HHARP and is the first neighbor island to do so.

“In terms of disaster resiliency, this is a great moment for the community,” said Luke Meyers, Executive Officer of HI-EMA. “With everything that the Garden Island has endured, the formation of Hanapēpē-Eleele HHARP is vital for the outreach and education necessary to keep Kaua’i strong.”

HHARP was developed by HI-EMA in 2013. The goal of the program is to enhance community resilience against hazards. The HHARP method for achieving this goal is taking the communities through a facilitated education and outreach program to promote hazard understanding and awareness and by offering tools and information resources in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

HI-EMA continues to introduce and administer HHARP in island communities. Actively engaged communities include Ewa Beach, Hawai’i Kai, Kāne’ohe, Kahalu’u, and Mililani. If you are interested in learning more about HHARP, please contact Bruce Oliveira at 808-429-8514 or [email protected].



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