Mission Statement


Hawaii is represented in the Oil Spill Task Force by the Hazardous Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office, which serves the people of the State of Hawaii by addressing all aspects of releases of hazardous substances including oil into the environment.  Our work includes preventing, planning for, and responding to hazardous substance releases or risks of releases.  The HEER Office accomplishes this mission by addressing contaminated sites with the highest risk to human health and the environment first, preventing contamination rather than cleaning up after the fact, and basing decisions on sound scientific principles and common sense.

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Hawai'i State Dept. of Health shared Honolulu Civil Beat's Understanding Rat Lungworm Disease. ...

Professor Robert Cowie from University of Hawaii at Manoa explains Rat Lungworm disease and what you can do to avoid contracting it.

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More than 400 self-advocates, family members, providers, and supporters of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities chanted, "Don't Should on Me... Ask Me" as part of their "Day at the Capitol" theme. The DD Council, DOH, legislators and others took part in support of initiatives and in celebration of 30 years toward self-determination. Read more at health.hawaii.gov/news/current-year-news-releases/ ...

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Feb. 23, 2017 is the "Great American Spit Out," a day in which all smokeless tobacco users are encouraged to quit. Dip, chew, snuff. Whatever you call it, #smokeless tobacco isn't safe. Learn more via @FDATobacco: go.usa.gov/x9SvD ...

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Last chance! Stop Flu at School consent forms (for free flu vaccine offered to students grades K-8 in participating schools) are due Friday, Dec. 16. For more info: health.hawaii.gov/docd/flu-hawaii/SFAS-parents/ or call 211 ...

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It’s free. It’s convenient. It’s important for keiki. With the help of the Hawaii State Department of Education, DOH provides free flu vaccine to elementary and middle school students at school and during school. Stop Flu at School consent forms must be turned in by Dec. 16. For more info, visit: health.hawaii.gov/docd/flu-hawaii/stop-flu-at-school/ ...

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