Sunshine Law

The Sunshine Law is Hawaii’s open meetings law. It governs the manner in which all state and county boards must conduct their official business.

The Sunshine Law is codified at part I of chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes. See below for unofficial copy of the law.

The Law
Chapter 92: Public Agency Meetings and Records

Sunshine Law Guide
Open Meetings: Guide to the “Sunshine Law” for State and County Boards
Open Meetings: Guide to the “Sunshine Law” for Neighborhood Boards

Sunshine Law Training Video
Basic Sunshine Law training videos and materials

Additional Sunshine Law Guidance
Agenda Guidance for Sunshine Law Boards
Quick Review: Sunshine Law Meeting Notice Requirements
Quick Review: Sunshine Law Requirements for Meeting Minutes
Quick Review: Who Board Members Can Talk to and When, Part 1
Quick Review: Who Board Members Can Talk to and When, Part 2
Quick Review: Who Board Members Can Talk to and When, Part 3
Quick Review: Audio- or Videoconferenced Meetings
Quick Review: Continuance of a Meeting Under the Sunshine Law
Quick Review: Sunshine Law Options to Address State Legislative Issues and Measures
Forms for Boards:
Public Meeting Notice Checklist
Request for OIP’s Concurrence for a Limited Meeting
Notice of Continuance of Meeting
Checklist and Council’s Request to Waive Videotaping of a Meeting
as Guests of a Board or Community Group

State Calendar
Visit the State Calendar to view meeting notices of state boards and commissions. With the calendar you can select a single agency or select “ALL” to see a calendar of all meetings. Please note: the State Calendar is maintained by the Department of Accounting and General Services. See Executive Memo 11-11 (September 15, 2011) regarding “Posting Meeting Notices on the State Online Calendar.”

Sunshine Law Test
The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) invites you to test your knowledge of Hawaii’s Sunshine Law requiring open public meetings. Certification is given for a passing score (70%) at the end of the test. There are ten questions (multiple choice and true/false), randomly chosen, about the following areas: (1) minutes, (2) meetings & testimony, (3) closed meetings, (4) outside a meeting, and/or (5) notice and agenda.

Supreme Court Sunshine Law Decision in Kanahele v. Maui County Council

 

Appeals:

Guide to Appeals to the Office of Information Practices
This guide, in a question and answer format, provides an introduction to the process of administrative appeals to the Office of Information Practices (OIP) from government agency decisions under the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), the Sunshine Law, and certain decisions of the State Department of Taxation to grant or deny access to their records.

 

If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact (808) 586-1400 or email oip@hawaii.gov.