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THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  REQUESTING A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL OF ESTABLISHING
    A MEDICINAL HERB INDUSTRY IN THE STATE.


 1        WHEREAS, Hawaii's position as the gateway between the East
 2   and the West opens more than economic and political
 3   possibilities; it also opens the way for Hawaii to become
 4   involved in the development of innovative approaches to health
 5   care; and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, Hawaii has two strong beliefs that emphasize
 8   this--the belief that health, which comes from the same root as
 9   "wholeness", involves the body, mind, and spirit of the whole
10   person; and the awareness that there is value in not only
11   western healing methods, but in eastern and native Hawaiian
12   methods as well; and
13   
14        WHEREAS, a health care strategy should be initiated in the
15   State that is state-of-the-art, cost-effective, and
16   personalized to the community, because the present health care
17   crisis is the result of over-expensive and underpersonalized
18   health care; and
19   
20        WHEREAS, a holistic/humanistic model for health care needs
21   to be developed, that utilizes and integrates Hawaii's abundant
22   resources for healing--a model that by its innovative
23   simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and use of existing resources,
24   is repeatable throughout the islands as well as abroad, thereby
25   adding to Hawaii's reputation as a leader in the global
26   movement toward the healing of the earth and her people; and
27   
28        WHEREAS, the main characteristics of the model should
29   include:
30   
31        (1)  A whole person approach, which encompasses each
32             person's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs;
33             and
34   
35        (2)  A collaborative approach, utilizing health care
36             professions from a variety of disciplines, embracing
37             native Hawaiian kahuna, eastern (e.g., acupuncture,
38             Honetsugi, Reiki, Chinese herbal medicine, shiatsu,

 
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 1             Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine), alternative (e.g.,
 2             massage therapy, Rolfing, art, and music therapy),
 3             western (e.g., medical and osteopathic physicians,
 4             psychotherapy, pastoral counseling) and nutritional
 5             approaches;
 6   
 7   and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, a key component to many of the treatment
10   protocols utilized by the aforementioned disciplines is the use
11   of medicinal herbs; and
12   
13        WHEREAS, Hawaii, with its abundantly diverse ecosystems
14   and indigenous as well as endemic herbs, could serve as a major
15   worldwide supplier of medicinal herbs; and
16   
17        WHEREAS, if planned and implemented properly, the
18   establishment of a medicinal herb industry would not only
19   provide an additional opportunity for diversifying the State's
20   agricultural base, but could also be minimally detrimental to
21   the environment; now, therefore,
22   
23        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
24   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
25   Representatives concurring, that the Department of Agriculture,
26   with assistance from the Department of Health, is requested to
27   perform a feasibility study on the potential of establishing a
28   medicinal herb industry in Hawaii; and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Agriculture,
31   with the assistance of the Department of Business, Economic
32   Development, and Tourism, is requested to identify and contact
33   potential consumers of medicinal herb products such as
34   pharmaceutical companies to ascertain market interest; and
35   
36        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Agriculture,
37   with the assistance of the Hawaii Agricultural Research Center
38   and the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture
39   and Human Resources is requested to identify potential
40   medicinal herb crops that would be the most viable to establish
41   a medicinal herb industry; and
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Agriculture,
 2   with the assistance of the Department of Business, Economic
 3   Development, and Tourism, is requested to identify possible
 4   funding mechanisms for the establishment of a medicinal herb
 5   industry; and
 6   
 7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Agriculture
 8   is requested to submit a report to the Legislature on its
 9   findings and recommendations no later than twenty days prior to
10   the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
11   
12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
13   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Board of
14   Agriculture, the Director of Business, Economic Development,
15   and Tourism, the Director of Health, the Board of Regents of
16   the University of Hawaii, the Dean of the University of Hawaii
17   College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and the
18   Hawaii Agricultural Research Center.