WHEREAS, the earth sciences are critical to our understanding of Nature; and 

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to the finding, developing, and conserving various mineral, energy and water resources needed by society; and

WHEREAS, the study of earth sciences allows us to prepare for and mitigate natural hazards such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, sea level changes and coastal erosion; and 

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and

WHEREAS, the geological factors are vital to land management and land use decisions at local, state, national and international levels; and

WHEREAS, the commemoration of National Earth Science Week coincides this year with the biannual open house of the University of Hawaii's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENJAMIN J. CAYETANO, Governor of the State of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim the week of October 10-16, 1999 to be 


in Hawaii, and support the scientists, researchers, and educators of our state in raising citizens' awareness of this important area of study.

DONE at the State Capitol, in this Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawaii, this seventh day of October, 1999.

Benjamin J. Cayetano