H.C.R. NO.











WHEREAS, Hawaii remains the foremost U.S. military base of operations for the Asia-Pacific region; and

WHEREAS, U.S. military presence in this region is essential to protecting America's shores, deterring enemy aggression, and enabling peace to prevail over the region; and

WHEREAS, in addition to protecting the security of our Nation, Hawaii's military is the State's fourth largest employer, and, in conjunction with other federal expenditures, accounts for Hawaii's second largest source of revenues, topping $9,000,000,000 in 2000; and

WHEREAS, U.S. Department of Defense expenditures alone account for about twenty per cent of the State's tax revenues; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that nearly twenty-five per cent of Hawaii's population is composed of active duty, national guard, reserve, and retired and other veterans, and their family members; and

WHEREAS, the majority of these people are residents of Hawaii or are employed in jobs paying Hawaii state income taxes; and

WHEREAS, due to the military presence in Hawaii, approximately $40,000,000 in federal subsidies are awarded annually to the State to operate and maintain Hawaii's public schools that educate higher numbers of military children, and between $600,000,000 and $800,000,000 of federal funds are annually awarded for military construction and programs and other defense related initiatives; and

WHEREAS, Hawaii's military has proven itself to be good neighbors, as Hawaii's military is also a leader in promoting environmental programs to protect and restore Hawaii's environment, providing assistance to save lives and property during emergencies and disasters, regularly volunteering support for our schools, churches, and parks, and contributing to charities such as the Aloha United Way and the Great Aloha Run; and

WHEREAS, each year, events such as Military Appreciation Month, the Hawaii-U.S. Military Partnership Conference, and Friends of Hawaii Reception, and initiatives such as the Military Kamaaina Card and Special Discount Coupon Books, are sponsored to support and pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and guardsmen for all that they do for Hawaii, the Nation, and the World; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the military's presence and its significant contributions to enhance the quality of life of our island state for more than 100 years, there should be no distinction between Hawaii's military and kama`aina; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the people of Hawaii are urged to recognize U.S. military personnel and their families as Hawaii residents; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that state government and business leaders are encouraged to accept the military identification card in lieu of a Hawaii state identification card or a Hawaii driver's license to qualify for kama`aina benefits and other resident programs without requiring additional proof of state residency; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these benefits be honored to all military personnel living in or transiting Hawaii; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor; Mayors of the City and County of Honolulu, and the Counties of Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii; Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command; State Adjutant General and Director of Civil Defense; senior military commanders in Hawaii; members of Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation; Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Hawaii Business Roundtable; Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau; Visitors Bureaus for Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island; Hawaii Hotel Association; Maui Hotel Association; Retail Merchants of Hawaii; Hawaii Attractions Association; and The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and its affiliated Chambers.






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U.S. military personnel and their families; urging the people of Hawaii to recognize as Hawaii residents.