Training Materials Index

Here are brief descriptions and links to OIP’s training guides and videos explaining the UIPA and Sunshine Law.

Briefing:  September 2017:



If you need a copy of the actual PowerPoint file for the presentation, please contact OIP at


Act 64, SLH 2017 (HB 165, HD1, SD2, CD1) – Sunshine Law, new provisions that will go into effect on July 1, 2018.



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

Quick Guide to OIP’s Administrative Rules

UIPA Guide

Basic UIPA Training Videos
2-part video and training materials, approx. 1.5 hours.
For the hearing impaired, here is the full transcript of the Basic UIPA training video:
Transcript of Basic UIPA training video  (pdf).

Additional UIPA  Guidance:

UIPA Forms for the Public
UIPA Forms for the Public

UIPA Forms for Agencies
UIPA Forms for Agencies

Log, Training, Instructions, FAQ, Reports



The Law
Chapter 92: Public Agency Meetings and Records


Sunshine Law Guide
Open Meetings: Guide to the “Sunshine Law” for Boards and Commissions – rev September 2016
Open Meetings: Guide to the “Sunshine Law” for Neighborhood Boards – rev September 2016

Basic Sunshine Law Training Video
2-part “Basic Sunshine Law” video and training materials, approx. 1.5 hours.
For the hearing impaired, here is the full transcript of the Basic Sunshine Law training video:
Transcript of Basic Sunshine Law training video (pdf).

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:

  Quick Review:  Roundtable Discussions with Multiple Boards Subject to the Sunshine Law – March 2017

Sunshine Law Forms for Boards:

Checklist and County Council’s Request to Waive Videotaping of a Meeting
         as Guests of a Board or Community Group (pdf – fillable form) – Mar. 2015

ADA Accessibility Questions:
For questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its applicability to the online posting of minutes, notices, agendas, and other matters, please contact Hawaii’s Disability and Communications Access Board (DCAB),,  919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 101, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 586-8121, or visit DCAB’s website at



Court Opinions List (as of September 16, 2016)

Summary:  Peer News LLC v. City and County of Honolulu

Summary:  Kanahele v. Maui County Council

In re Office Of Information Practices Opinion Letter No. F15-02:
Order Denying Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Board of Trustees’
Motion for Summary Judgment

The Board of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs had appealed OIP Opinion Letter No. F15-02, which the First Circuit Court upheld in denying the Board’s motion for summary judgment.


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.