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Critical Infrastructure

State Critical Infrastructure Program

April 26, 2022. Deputy Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Stephen F. Logan, Hawai‘i Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, Maj. Gen. Mark A Hashimoto (USMC, USINDOPACOM), and Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi Jr. participate in the OHS (Insert Workshop Title Here), along with more than 75 key infrastructure stakeholders and federal law enforcement partners.

The reliable and uninterrupted functioning of our critical infrastructure is the foundation on which society operates. Defined by the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2001 and reiterated in The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), critical infrastructure  is, 

“Systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.” 

The well-being of our state relies on secure and resilient critical infrastructure. That is why The Office of Homeland Security (OHS) remains committed to its mission to lead, coordinate, and support homeland security functions, to include critical infrastructure protection, through its Critical Infrastructure Program.



Critical Infrastructure Sectors 

The Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21):  Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience mandated an update to The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), which came to establish the following 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors in the US:     


Community Lifelines 

The Community Lifelines concept was born as a result of the numerous unprecedented multi–billion-dollar disasters that occurred in 2017 and 2018.The concept is a framework for incident management that provides emergency managers with a reporting structure for establishing incident stabilization.  FEMA has identified seven Community Lifelines:  

Lifeline functions contain capabilities that are essential for human health, safety, and security.  Any disruption or loss to these functions will not only disrupt day-to-day functioning but will impact our critical infrastructure across numerous sectors. 


If you feel you fall under one of these sectors, please complete this Critical Infrastructure Form [in progress]. 

Our strategic effort to build and sustain critical infrastructure security and resilience is driven by a common and nationally recognized vision, articulated in The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) 

“A Nation in which physical and cyber critical infrastructure remain secure and resilient, with vulnerabilities reduced, consequences minimized, threats identified and disrupted, and response and recovery hastened.” 

The Hawaii State Critical Infrastructure Program prioritizes open communication and partner-to-partner collaboration with critical infrastructure stakeholders at all levels to advance, strengthen, and maintain a secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure. 

Using a holistic, all-hazards approach to risk management and critical infrastructure protection, the Critical Infrastructure Program has the capabilities to provide critical infrastructure stakeholders with guidance, resources, and opportunities for: 

Planning partnerships to enhance the security and resiliency of sector-specific and cross-sector operations particularly with regards to man-made threats to critical infrastructure and stakeholder operations.  

Securing and protecting soft targets and crowded places such as schools, faith-based organizations/houses of worship, events, and/or venues with a large number of potential vulnerabilities or risks. 

Targeted violence and terrorism prevention methodologies such as proactive measures that enhance protective capabilities for critical infrastructure stakeholders and empower Hawaii’s communities so they may marginalize violent messaging, report suspicious activity, and utilize local and state resources when seeking support. 

Collaboration and coordination opportunities with local, state, and federal public-private sector partners who have the knowledge, skills, or other resources that efficiently and effectively enhance asset protection, improve communications, and increase situational awareness.   

Federal Homeland Security-Related Grant Programs and options to consider when assessing risks, protective actions, and security investments. 

Collaboration with and between Hawaii’s critical infrastructure stakeholders is not limited opportunities listed on this webpage. Contact OHS’s Plans and Operations Branch Chief  for additional information and opportunities. 

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