Proposed Guidance on Use of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi by Interior Bureaus & Offices

DOI Proposes a Departmental Manual Chapter on Respectful Use of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian Language

The U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) has developed internal guidance for the Department’s bureaus and offices for the respectful and proper use of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i by personnel whose primary language is not ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i. Such guidance will support and enhance existing efforts to promote the use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi when preparing Federal documents and other communications that reference people, places, plants, and animals in Hawaiʻi.

The Department’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations (Office) invites Native Hawaiian Community leaders, staff, and members to a virtual consultation during which the Office will provide an overview of the internal guidance and the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and comments. The draft internal guidance on the use of ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi would be added to the Departmental Manual (DM) at 513 DM 3 or chapter 3 of Part 513 pertaining to the Department’s intergovernmental relations with the Native Hawaiian Community.

Please register for the virtual consultation at the link below:

Monday, February 27, 2023

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm HST

The comment period is open until Friday, March 31, 2023. Please send written comments to Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2023 to receive consideration.

Comments received may be posted, with or without redactions, on this website and in the Office’s consultation report on the DM chapter, so submit only information you wish to make publicly available. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your written comments, distinct from a transmittal email, cover letter, or envelope, you should be aware that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available.

Proposed DM Chapter
513 DM 3 ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi OES 508 Clean Draft For Consultation [pdf]

Related Resource(s):
513 DM 3 ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi NHCLL ONHR 508 Clean 20230207 [pdf]
513 DM 3 ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi FAQ 508 Clean 20230207 [pdf]

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