About Our Office

The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations was authorized by Congress in Public Law 108-199 on January 23, 2004, and in Public Law 104-42 on November 2, 1995.  The Office discharges the Secretary's responsibilities for matters related to Native Hawaiians and serves as a conduit for the Department’s field activities in Hawaiʻi.

Snow blankets summit of Mauna Loa, Hawaiʻi. Photo courtesy of USGS.
Snow blankets summit of Mauna Loa, Hawai`i. Photo courtesy of USGS.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office is to serve as a liaison with the Native Hawaiian Community and work with the Department and its bureaus on issues affecting Hawaiʻi.

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