On March 16, 2020, the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, HRS (UIPA), was temporarily suspended in its entirety and the Sunshine Law, part I of chapter 92, HRS, was partially suspended by the Supplementary Proclamation of Governor Ige, The March 16 Supplementary Proclamation 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.
On May 5, 2020, with the Governor’s Seventh Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 (see Exhibit H on pages 73-75), OIP’s powers and duties found in part IV of the UIPA were restored, except that the UIPA and OIP’s rules “are 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.” The partial suspensions of the Sunshine Law and UIPA were continued in subsequent proclamations, the latest being the Governor’s Nineteenth Supplementary Proclamation at Exhibit E, dated April 9, 2021, which continued the modified suspension through June 8, 2021.
The partial suspension of the UIPA can be viewed in the Nineteenth Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency at Exhibit E. It is also summarized on our homepage at: oip.hawaii.gov.
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.
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:
- Basic Q & A
Basic Q&A on access to government records
- Waiver of Fees
Waiver of fees in the public interest (pdf) – Nov. 2011
- Processing Large or Complex UIPA Requests
Informal Guide to Processing Large or Complex UIPA Record Requests (pdf) – Jan. 2012
- Responding to a Personal Record Request
Quick Review: Responding to a Personal Record Request (pdf) – April 2013
- Disclosure to Auditors
Disclosure to Auditors – May 2002
Quick Review: The ABCs of Redaction – April 2013
- Requester’s Responsibilities and Requirements
Quick Review: Requester Has Responsibilities and Requirements
Before an Agency Must Provide Records – rev May 2014
UIPA RECORD REQUEST LOG
Log, Training, Instructions, FAQ, Reports
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.