Step 5: Input

Receiving Comments

After information about an Action is provided, a comment period of at least 30 days (when feasible) is highly recommended. All oral and written comments shall be reviewed. Oral comments may be summarized for purposes of including in the Consultation Report for the Action. The Hawaiian language, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, is an official language of the State of Hawaiʻi and the Office should anticipate that comments (oral and written) may be received in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. Cultural context is also important and significant to the sharing and understanding of traditional indigenous knowledge. The Office may need to contract services for accurate recordation and subsequent translation and interpretation. While a transcript of meetings may be helpful, it is not required.

When receiving comments, the Office shall:

  • Secure appropriate means to record and convert oral comments into written electronic form;
  • Secure ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi translation, if needed;
  • Prepare and organize written transcripts or notes;
  • Establish a filing system to receive and store written comments; and
  • Maintain files for the administrative record.


Key:  Traditional indigenous knowledge encompasses indigenous knowledge systems, cultural understandings, beliefs, values and philosophies, and traditional practices that respect, preserve and perpetuate the relationship between and among people and the elements, processes and cycles of the natural environment.

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