Sunshine Law

EMERGENCY ALERT:

On March 16, 2020, the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, HRS (UIPA), was temporarily suspended in its entirety and the Sunshine Law, part I of chapter 92, HRS, was partially suspended by the Supplementary Proclamation of Governor Ige,  The March 16 Supplemental Proclamation was extended until May 31, 2020, by the Governor’s Sixth Supplementary Proclamation dated April 25, 2020.  Because the UIPA was suspended in its entirety, OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of chapter 92F, HRS, were also suspended.

On May 5, 2020, with the Governor’s Seventh Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 (see Exhibit H on pages 73-75), OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of the UIPA were restored, except that the UIPA and OIP’s rules “are suspended to the extent they contain any deadlines for agencies, including deadlines for the OIP, relating to requests for government records and/or complaints to OIP.” The partial suspensions of the Sunshine Law and UIPA were continued in subsequent proclamations, the latest being the Governor’s Sixteenth Supplementary Proclamation at Exhibit F, dated November 23, 2020, which continued the modified suspension through December  31, 2020.

 

OIP’s Tips for Holding a Virtual Public Meeting – April 16, 2020


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 Office of Information Practices (“OIP”) has been the agency in charge of administering the Sunshine Law since 1998.

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

The Law
Chapter 92: Public Agency Meetings and Records

Act 244, SLH 2019 (effective July 2, 2019)

Act 64, SLH 2017 (effective July 1, 2018)

 


Rules
Rules


Sunshine Law Guide
Open Meetings: Guide to the “Sunshine Law” for State and County Boards – rev July 2019

Open Meetings: Guide to the “Sunshine Law” for Neighborhood Boards – rev July 2019

Basic Sunshine Law Training Video
2-part “Basic Sunshine Law” video and training materials, approx. 1.5 hours.  (part 2 revised July 2019)
(For a transcript, please contact OIP.)

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.

Additional Sunshine Law Guidance:

Sunshine Law Forms for Boards: