DOI Consults on its Native Hawaiian Community Consultation Policy and Procedures

Comment deadline extended to 6:00 pm HST on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Last edited 12/05/2022

As the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) continues its efforts to improve the Department’s implementation of Executive Order 13175 and Native Hawaiian Community consultation, the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations is pleased to present to you, for your input and expertise, a draft of two chapters proposed for the Department’s Departmental Manual (DM).

The DM is used to communicate the instructions of the Office of the Secretary throughout the Department, to provide guidance to the Bureaus and Offices in their administrative and program operations, and to serve as the primary source of information on organization structure, authority to function, and policy and general procedures.

The two proposed DM chapters would contain a Native Hawaiian Community consultation policy at Part 513, Chapter 1 (513 DM 1) and the accompanying consultation procedures at Part 513, Chapter 2 (513 DM 2). The draft consultation policy and procedures linked below seek to:

  • Bolster the Department’s consultation efforts to encourage early, robust, interactive, pre-decisional, informative and transparent consultation;
  • Require that Department staff undergo training before participating in consultation;
  • Establish the Secretary’s bi-annual meetings with Native Hawaiian Community leaders;
  • Clarify that the Department’s decision-makers must invite Native Hawaiian Community leaders to engage in consultation; and
  • Require a record of consultation.

The Department welcomes the input of the Native Hawaiian Community on these two draft DM chapters and the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations invites the Native Hawaiian Community to participate in one or both of the below virtual sessions.

Thursday, November 10, 2022
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time

Please register in advance at: 


Monday, December 5, 2022
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time

Please register in advance at: 


Written input regarding the proposed DM chapters is welcomed and should be submitted to doi_onhr_hhl@ios.doi.govWritten input must be received by 6:00 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Proposed DM Chapters

Proposed 513 DM 1 Policy On Consultation [pdf]

Proposed 513 Dm 2 Consultation Procedures [pdf]

Related Resources

DOI Press Release

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Proposed Consultation Policy & Procedures

DOI’s Departmental Manual -

ONHR’s Standard Operating Procedures for Consultation with the Native Hawaiian Community

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