Hawaii FOIA procedures
Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Hawaii. To read the history and details of Hawaii’s sunshine laws please see the Hawaii Uniform Information Practices Act.
How to request public records in Hawaii
The act is silent as to who should receive records requests and does not stipulate that public bodies are required to nominate a records custodian. Instead, records requests must merely be directed at the department in possession of the records.
Purpose and use
The law does not require a statement of purpose and does not restrict the use of records once they are received.
Who may request public records?
Public records are open to inspection by "any person"
- See also: How much do public records cost?
Hawaiian law does not outline details about fees. However, it does require agencies to provide facilities for duplication and memorandum creation.
- See also: Request response times by state
Hawaiian law allows for 10 business days to respond to records requests.
- Hawaii Office of Information Practices
- Open Government Guide to Hawaii
- Hawaii's Open Records Law - UIPA booklet
- Find the Sunshine Law booklet here
State of Hawaii
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