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 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


NOTE:  Act 64, SLH 2017 (HB165, HD1, SD2, CD1), effective July 1, 2018, requires board packets to be open for public inspection, revises how meeting notices are to be filed, provides a new option for the recordation of meeting minutes, and makes other changes.   For more details, see the May 1, 2017 What’s New.

Act 64, SLH 2017 (HB 165, HD1, SD2, CD1) – Sunshine Law, new provisions that will go into effect on July 1, 2018.


Rules
Rules


Sunshine Law Guide
Open Meetings: Guide to “The “Sunshine Law” for State and County Boards – rev September 2016
Open Meetings: Guide to “The Sunshine Law” for Neighborhood Boards – rev September 2016

Basic Sunshine Law Training Video
2-part “Basic Sunshine Law” video and training materials, approx. 1.5 hours.
(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: