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    Arlina Agbayani of the Hawaii Department of Defense, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency gets a photo of the Hanapepe-Eleele association being recognized as a Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program disaster resilient community, Saturday during the Kauai Community Disaster Fair at the Hanapepe Armory. Shown are Brian Dela Cruz, Susan Remoaldo, Wayne Souza, Elton Ushio, Phillip Kamakea, Jean Souza, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, Gen. Bruce Oliveira, Kevin Richards, Luke Meyers, Chelsie Sakai and Lt. Col. Paul Agena.

HANAPEPE — The Hanapepe-Eleele Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program was honored as a Hawaii Hazaards Awareness and Resilience Program disaster-resilient community by local and state officials during the Kauai Community Disaster Preparedness Fair.

This fair was held at the Hanapepe National Guard armory Saturday.

The program, with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Kauai County Emergency Management and the Department of Defense, worked together for a three-year period to complete HHARP criteria, and is the first among the Neighbor Islands 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 Hanapepe-Eleele HHARP is vital for the outreach and education necessary to keep Kauai strong.”

HHARP was developed by HI-EMA in 2013. The goal of the program is to enhance community resilience against hazards.

HI-EMA continues to introduce and administer HHARP in island communities.

Info: Bruce Oliveira, 429-8514 or bruce.e.oliveira@hawaii.gov

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