Late Sunday afternoon, the office of Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued a statement explaining that he had signed a supplementary proclamation, “which expands and extends the previous State of Disaster Proclamtion the Governor signed on Friday.”

“Like the initial proclamation, the supplementary proclamation will facilitate relief efforts,” the statement said.

Spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz told Civil Beat the supplemental proclamation was “procedural” and necessary for the state to obtain adequate federal assistance.

“It begins the process in which the governor can seek federal funding,” she said. “We needed to assess damage, and there is a threshold — it has to be millions and millions of dollars.”

Dela Cruz said various state agencies had visited sites damaged by the tsunami, which was generated by a deadly earthquake off Japan late Thursday Hawaii Standard Time.

Although no lives were lost in the islands and initial reports were that much of Hawaii was unscathed, Hawaii State Civil Defense had said in a press conference Friday that damage to state property alone was expected to cost at least $3 million.

The latest estimate is expected to be announced as earlier as Monday.

The six-page supplementary proclamation was issued on the governor’s authority to “provide relief for disaster damages, losses, and suffering, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people.”

Determining that the tsunami is a “major disaster and catastrophe,” the governor invoked state law that allows him to suspend dozens of statutes. Among them are laws regarding historic preservation, county rules, collective bargaining, bid requirements for government building contracts, procurement code, water code, environmental controls and the wage, hours and working conditions of public employees.

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