The Hawaii Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) is the law that governs access to public records in Hawaii. The law was first enacted in 1975. In 1988, the Office of Information Practices (“OIP”) was created by the legislature to administer the UIPA. Pursuant to §92F-11, all government records are open to public inspection unless access is restricted by law.
The Hawaii Sunshine Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted as provided under Haw. Rev. Stat. §92. Pursuant to the statute, “opening up the government processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest. Therefore the legislature declares that it is the policy of the State that the formation and conduct of public policy—the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of government agencies—shall be conducted as openly as possible.”