UIPA

EMERGENCY ALERT:

Update: On May 5, 2020, with the Governor’s Seventh Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19, the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, HRS (UIPA),  and the Sunshine Law were temporarily suspended in part.  OIP’s powers and duties have been mostly restored, except for the suspension of any deadlines required by the UIPA.  The Governor’s Eighth Supplementary Proclamation (SP8) extended these provisions of SP7, including Exhibit H.  The Governor’s Ninth Supplementary Proclamation (SP9) in Exhibit H extended these provisions until July 31, 2020, unless otherwise modified by the Governor.

Previously, on March 16, 2020, the UIPA, was temporarily suspended in its entirety and the Sunshine Law, part I of chapter 92, HRS, substantially suspended by the Supplemental Proclamation (SP) of Governor Ige dated March 16, 2020.  The SP was extended until May 31, 2020 by the Governor’s Sixth Supplementary Proclamation dated April 25, 2020.  Because the UIPA was suspended in its entirety, OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of chapter 92F, HRS, were also suspended, but have since been mostly restored with the SP7, as extended by SP8 and SP9.


 

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.

The Law
Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), Chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“UIPA”)

Rules
Rules
Quick Guide to OIP’s Administrative Rules

UIPA Guide
Open Records: Guide to Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act
(pdf) – rev August 2019

Basic UIPA Training Videos
2-part video and training materials, approx. 1.5 hours.
(For a transcript, please contact OIP.)

Additional UIPA  Guidance:

UIPA Forms for the Public
UIPA Forms for the Public

UIPA Forms for Agencies
UIPA Forms for Agencies

UIPA RECORD REQUEST LOG
Log, Training, Instructions, FAQ, Reports

 


APPEALS:

Guide to Appeals to the Office of Information Practices
This guide, in a question and answer format, provides an introduction to the process of administrative appeals to the Office of Information Practices (OIP) from government agency decisions under the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), the Sunshine Law, and certain decisions of the State Department of Taxation to grant or deny access to their records. 

2013 Law and Administrative Rules Governing Appeal Procedures of Hawaii’s Office of Information Practices 
A law review article by OIP Director Cheryl Kakazu Park and Staff Attorney Jennifer Brooks first published at 36 University of Hawai’i Law Review 271 (Winter 2014), which explains the administrative rules regarding appeals to OIP in UIPA and Sunshine Law cases, as well as the law allowing agencies to appeal to the courts from OIP’s decisions.

Rules