DHHL Press Release: Statement by President Ailā on DOI Consultation Policy Announcement
Published on October 19, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
(Kapolei, O’ahu) – Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman William J. Ailā, Jr., issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement of a policy development formal consultation with the Native Hawaiian community.
“The inclusion of community perspectives in the development of government policies is an essential element of civic engagement. DHHL established its own formal beneficiary consultation policy in 2009 and has used it successfully to engage with Native Hawaiian beneficiaries so that the implementation of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act better reflects the wishes and wishes of the community. This DOI announcement is a welcome step forward by the United States toward further collaboration and the inclusion of the Hawaiian perspective in its policymaking.
About the Department of Hawaiian Native Lands:
The Department of Hawaiian Native Lands fulfills Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s vision of rehabilitating native Hawaiians by returning them to the land. Established by the United States Congress in 1921, with the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Hawaiian homesteading program managed by DHHL includes the management of more than 200,000 acres of land throughout the state for the specific purpose of developing and to provide homesteads.
Information and Community Relations Officer
Hawaiian Native Lands Department