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.
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.
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 Training Video
Basic Sunshine Law training videos and materials
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
Agenda Guidance for Sunshine Law Boards (November 2011) (pdf)
This guidance is intended to provide boards with a model for crafting a good, informative agenda for meetings.
Quick Review: Sunshine Law Meeting Notice Requirements (November 2012) (pdf)
For boards subject to the Sunshine Law, Part I of Chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), here is a quick review of the Sunshine Law’s notice requirements for public meetings. This short guide summarizes the content and filing requirements for public meeting notices, contains helpful practice tips, and provides links and contact information for additional help in complying with the Sunshine Law.
Quick Review: Sunshine Law Requirements for Meeting Minutes (December 2012) (pdf)
For boards subject to the Sunshine Law, Part I of Chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), here is a quick review of the Sunshine Law’s requirements for meeting minutes. Like the earlier Quick Review on Sunshine Law meeting notice requirements (see What’s New for November 14, 2012), this short guide summarizes the content and other requirements for public meeting minutes, contains helpful practice tips, and provides links and contact information for additional help in complying with the Sunshine Law.
Quick Review: Who Board Members Can Talk to and When, Part 1 (July 2013) (pdf)
This Quick Review is the first in a three-part series that will provide guidance on the Sunshine Law’s requirements.
Quick Review: Who Board Members Can Talk to and When, Part 2 (August 2013) (pdf)
Quick Review: Who Board Members Can Talk to and When, Part 3 (August 2013) (pdf)
Forms for Boards:
Request for OIP’s Concurrence for a Limited Meeting (11/11) (pdf)
Chapter 92: Public Agency Meetings and Records
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.