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 (revised October 2018), which can also be found here. The latest guidance is a Quick Review: Requester Has Responsibilities and Requirements Before an Agency Must Provide Records (rev May 2014).

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 administrative rules, “Agency Procedures and Fees for Processing Government Records Requests,” took effect on February 26, 1999, and are set forth at Chapter 71 of Title 2 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules, which can be found here.

In addition, the Rules page includes the following documents for the new Rules for Appeals to OIP.

Formal Opinions
This section contains the full text as well as summaries and a subject matter index of OIP’s 360 formal opinion letters issued since 1989, including the most recent opinion letter, F19-05. 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 three categories: Sunshine Law opinions, UIPA opinions, and UIPA decisions on appeal.

Legislation:  Proposals and History