The Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“UIPA”), is Hawaii’s public records law. The Office of Information Practices (“OIP”) was created by the Legislature in 1988 to administer the UIPA.
NOTE: Early in 2020, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the UIPA was temporarily suspended in its entirety by an emergency proclamation of Governor David Ige. Because the UIPA was suspended in its entirety, OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of chapter 92F, HRS, were also suspended. Subsequent proclamations restored OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of the UIPA, except that the UIPA and OIP’s rules were “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.” On August 5, 2021, Governor Ige issued a proclamation that contained no suspension of the UIPA, and all subsequent COVID-19 proclamations have not contained any UIPA suspensions. This means that the UIPA and all of its deadlines have been in full effect since August 5, 2021. OIP cannot accept appeals based on causes of action dependent on alleged violations of the UIPA during the suspension periods.