There's a new resource guide available for recent Hawaii immigrants.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and other state officials are launching the "Hawaii Handbook for Immigrants" on Friday.
The guide provides information on resources such as emergency food assistance, housing, employment and social services.
"The Hawaii Handbook for Immigrants is a valuable resource for those who are new to our state but are interested in becoming contributing members of our island community, and I commend our Office of Community Services for expediting its production," Abercrombie said. "If you look back far enough, all of us in Hawaii arrived from somewhere else. Immigrants have and continue to serve a crucial role in strengthening and revitalizing Hawaii's workforce. Investing in them benefits all of us by providing a greater foundation for economic stability and growth."
The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Office of Community Services are involved in the effort.
Office of Community Services Executive Director Mila Kaahanui added, "Starting over in a new, unfamiliar place can be very challenging for new immigrants. It means stepping into a new culture and a new way of life, learning about the federal and local laws, being aware of one's rights and civic responsibilities, knowing where to get information or services, and finding resources and opportunities for economic and social success."
The handbook cost $12,000 to make -- half of that going to translation services. The handbook is available in English, Ilokano, Chuukese, and Marshallese. The original plan was to have the handbook in six languages, which would include Spanish and Chinese, but there wasn't enough money.
About 2,300 copies were made. The governor is hoping for another printing in 2015.