Laws / Rules / Opinions

This section contains the following:

Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA)
The Office of Information Practices (“OIP”) was created by the Legislature in 1988 to administer the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“UIPA”), which is Hawaii’s public records law and can be found here. To help government agencies and the public understand the UIPA, OIP has an Open Records Guide, which can also be found here.

Sunshine Law
In 1998, the Legislature gave OIP the additional responsibility of administering Hawaii’s open meetings law, Part I of chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“Sunshine Law”), which can be found here. OIP has created two guides to understand the Sunshine Law: one applies to all state and county boards, and the other applies specifically to neighborhood boards. Both guides can be found here.

OIP’s current administrative rules and the draft rules under consideration are found on the Rules page.

Formal Opinions
This section contains the full text as well as summaries and a subject matter index of OIP’s 378 formal opinion letters issued since 1989. Using your editing function, the subject matter index is searchable using key words.

INFORMAL Opinion Letter Summaries
This section contains summaries of OIP’s informal opinion letters, dating back to 2009, in two categories: Sunshine Law opinions and UIPA opinions.