Training for New Board and Commission Members

September 17, 2015, Thursday

The Boards and Commissions Department is offering a training seminar for new members.  The class will provide the following topics:

Office of Information Practices  –  A quick overview of Hawaii’s Sunshine Law, which requires open public meetings.  The Sunshine Law governs matters such as who board members can talk to and when, how meetings must be noticed, when meetings may be closed to the public or conducted off-site, how meetings may be continued, what must be included in an agenda and minutes, and when minutes must be made available to the public.  Before coming to this seminar, please review OIP’s online Sunshine Law training at, especially the basic training video with related training materials. While doing your online training, please write down any questions you may have because you will have the opportunity to get the answers from an OIP staff attorney on September 17 during the breakout session.

Attorney General  –  Legal issues regarding service on boards and commissions.   What to do in case you are sued as a board or commission member.  Will you be represented by the attorney general’s office?  Immunities and other defenses that board and commission members enjoy.

State Ethics  –  Overview of the State Ethics Code and general discussion as to how the statute applies to members of state boards and commissions.  Topics include conflicts of interests, gifts and the reporting of gifts, confidential information, misuse of position, and post-employment restrictions.

Who should attend: New State board and commission members.  Current and reappointed board members are welcome.
Length of class: Seminar – 4 hours
Breakout – 1 hour
Class date:  September 17, 2015
Sign in: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Speakers: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Office of Information Practices
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. – Recess
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Attorney General
10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. – Recess
10:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – State Ethics
Breakout: 12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hawai‘i State Capitol, Auditorium
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
How to register: Online Registration Form
Or contact Boards and Commissions at 586-0034

Persons in need of special assistance:  If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids or service (such as a sign language interpreter, large print materials, or wheelchair accessibility), please indicate so on your online registration form, or call the Boards and Commissions’ office.