The aim of the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP) is to help communities prepare to be self-reliant during and after natural hazard events, improve their ability to take care of their own needs, and reduce the negative impacts of disasters.

HHARP can enhance community resilience through education and outreach sessions that build awareness and understanding of hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. State and county emergency management agencies have partnered to administer HHARP in support of community leaders willing to implement the program.


The resources in the HHARP program and accompanying HHARP Resource Kit will help communities build resilience through:

  • Increasing awareness of hazards;
  • Enhancing understanding of official warning information;
  • Educating residents about response actions;
  • Improving personal preparedness;
  • Helping communities identify useful skills and resources they already have;
  • Developing the understanding needed to select appropriate hazard mitigation measures;
  • Guiding communities in the development of emergency plans and exercises;
  • Providing support for community outreach events; and
  • Identifying opportunities for additional training and education.

Participants in the HHARP will be better able to safeguard their loved ones, homes, and property. They will know how to work with their neighbors to plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. They also will reduce the burden on emergency responders by becoming more self-reliant.


Congratulations to these Recognized Communities who completed the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP).


Started program: January 2014
Recognized: June 2015
Contact: kahumokunow@gmail.com


Started program: January 2014
Recognized: May 2016
Contact: Claudine Tomasa, ctomasa@gmail.com

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Started: June 2015
Recognized: July 2016
Contact: Daniel (Dan) DuBois, daniel.t.dubois@navy.mil

Aina Haina

Started: October 2014
Recognized: October 2016
Contact: Danny Tengan, ainahainaprepared@gmail.com, 620-5403


Started: January 2016
Recognized: August 2017
      Contact: Wes Oda, Wesoda001@hawaii.rr.com
      Website: http://bereadymanoa.org

Waianae Coast

Started: January 2014
Recognized: April 2018
Contact: C. Pono Higa, creighton.higa@icloud.com, Phone: 808-200-8607
Website: http://waianaeready.com/


Listed below are communities currently engaged in HHARP. If you’d like to get involved with one of these groups in a community near you, please reach out directly to the appropriate contact provided.

Ewa Beach

Meets the third Thursday of each month
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ewa Beach Public Library, 91-950 North Road, Ewa Beach, HI  96706
Contact: Jackie Davidson, GetReadyEwaBeach@gmail.com
Website: www.getreadyewabeach.com
Facebook: Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness

Hawaii Kai

Meets every three months
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Koko Head District Park, 423 Kaumakani Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96825, Multipurpose Room C
Contact: Matt Glei, HawaiiKaiStrong@yahoo.com
Facebook: Hawaii Kai Strong


Meets the fourth Monday of each month
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kaneohe District Park, 45-660 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Contact: Bill Sager, bsager42@gmail.com


Meets the fourth Friday of each month
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: KEY Project Kahaluu
Contact: Flora Obayashi of8@hawaii.edu


Meets the second and fourth Saturday of the month
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Mililani Town Association Center #2
Contact: Brad Sakai 375-1262. Email: braden.sakai@gmail.com


Neighbor Islands



Meets on the second Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hanapepe Army National Armory
Contact: hanapepe.eleele.kauai@gmail.com


If you’re interested in bringing Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP) to your own community, please call (808) 733-4300 or HawaiiEMA@hawaii.gov for more information.