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

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: