Seeking Mana‘o on Improving Community Outreach and Consultation

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, is conducting community consultation meetings regarding its draft Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Consultation Protocol.  The NAGPRA Consultation Protocol will 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, in their conduct of 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 from federal lands and Hawaiian home lands.

The upcoming scheduled meetings are as follows:

December 13, 2010 (Mon.)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kaunakakai, Molokai Kūlana ‘Ōiwi OHA/DHHL Conference Room
December 14, 2010 (Tues.)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Honolulu, O‘ahu Lincoln Elementary School Cafeteria
December 15, 2010 (Wed.)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Waimānalo, O‘ahu Blanche Pope Elementary School Cafeteria
December 16, 2010 (Thur.)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nānākuli, O‘ahu Nānākuli High and Intermediate School Cafeteria

All meetings are free and open to the public.

The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations will continue to receive feedback, comments, and suggestions through mid-January 2011 and anticipates noticing a formal 60-day comment period with a revised Draft NAGPRA Consultation Protocol in early February 2011.

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

Please help us to inform the community about these upcoming meetings by forwarding this e-mail or printing, distributing, and posting the attached flyer.  Mahalo a nui loa

Aloha and Happy Holidays!

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)