Four Maui Consultation Meetings on Draft NAGPRA Consultation Protocol in Kahului, Lahaina, Kula, and Hana

Mahalo for your assistance and support in getting out the word about the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations’ Consultation Meetings.  We have had great discussions, and we are encouraged by the participation of many people who are learning for the first time about NAGPRA and the consultation process regarding burials.

Please help us to get the word out about our upcoming consultation meetings on Maui.  This announcement repeats the same dates previously announced and adds a meeting in Hana on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.  Mahalo!

Four Maui Consultation Meetings on Draft NAGPRA Consultation Protocol
in Kahului, Lahaina, Kula, and Hana

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, will be conducting community consultation meetings regarding its draft Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Consultation Protocol.  The NAGPRA Consultation Protocol is intended to guide the bureaus and agencies within the U.S. Department of the Interior, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Park Service, and U.S. Geological Survey, as to how to conduct consultation pursuant to NAGPRA in Hawai‘i.

Each meeting will begin with a 20-minute overview of NAGPRA which addresses the appropriate handling and disposition of iwi kupuna, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

The four Maui meetings, which are free, open to the public, and run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on each day, are as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 Maui High School Cafeteria 660 South Lono Avenue
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 Lahaina Civic Center 1840 Honoapiilani Highway
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 Kula Elementary School Cafeteria 5000 Kula Highway
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 Hana Schools Cafeteria 4111 Hana Highway

The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations anticipates noticing a formal 30-day comment period that will run from mid-November to mid-December 2010.

For more information, please contact Lisa C. Oshiro in the Honolulu office of the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations by phone at (808) 792-9555 or via e-mail to lisa_oshiro@ios.doi.gov.

Lisa C. Oshiro

Policy Analyst

U.S. Department of the Interior

Office of Native Hawaiian Relations

300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 5-311

Honolulu, Hawaii 96850

(808) 792-9540 (main)

(808) 792-9555 (direct)

(808) 792-9583 (fax)

Lisa_Oshiro@ios.doi.gov