HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.205         
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF
   BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM TO DEVELOP A PLAN
   TO CULTIVATE AGRICULTURAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS TO PROMOTE THE
   CONCEPT OF HAWAII AS A HEALTH STATE.



 1       WHEREAS, Hawaii with its year round sunny climate and
 2   "laid-back," non-stressful Aloha type of lifestyle has a high
 3   longevity rate compared to the rest of the nation; and
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 5       WHEREAS, with the demise of sugar and pineapple, previously
 6   employed plantation workers have been struggling to seek re-
 7   employment; and
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 9       WHEREAS, for the first time in years, Hawaii has open
10   agricultural lands, waiting to be developed into diversified
11   crops; and
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13       WHEREAS, with a struggling economy, Hawaii needs new areas
14   of economic development; and
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16       WHEREAS, the Governor has encouraged a world re-known
17   medical center for Hawaii and promoting Hawaii as a Health
18   State; and
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20       WHEREAS, by developing the concept of Hawaii as a Health
21   State, the internationally known medical centers may become
22   interested in establishing a center here; and
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24       WHEREAS, by emphasizing Hawaii as a Health State, an
25   entirely new Health Industry may be developed; and
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27       WHEREAS, existing agricultural lands may be utilized to
28   enhance the Health State concept by emphasizing the cultivation
29   of healthy and fresh foods, and health products such as herbs,
30   vitamins, aloe shampoos, lotions, medications, and other
31   products; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, with the assistance of the hotel industry, Hawaii
 2   may offer health spas to assist in treating various ailments
 3   like weight reduction using locally grown foods and products,
 4   alcoholism, drug treatment, emotional disorders, and other
 5   illnesses; and
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 7       WHEREAS, with the assistance of the hotel industry, an
 8   emphasis may be placed upon the availability of health
 9   treatments for the terminally ill, where medical assistance may
10   be available at the hotels, as well as providing accommodations
11   for other visiting family members, not in a hospital, but a
12   resort setting; and
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14       WHEREAS, the University of Hawaii may join in the effort of
15   placing an emphasis on health studies and research, to further
16   enhance Hawaii as the Health State; now, therefore,
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18       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
19   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
20   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Department of
21   Agriculture and the Department of Business, Economic
22   Development and Tourism be encouraged to investigate the
23   feasibility of "Hawaii, the Health State" utilizing
24   agricultural products and tourism in furthering the concept,
25   with a goal of developing a Health Industry.
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27       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
28   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the
29   Board of Agriculture and Director of the Department of
30   Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
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