Public Access Room – Legislature sets FREE workshops –

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 “We the Powerful!”

Discover the Public’s Power in the Legislative Process


  • Easy ways to add your voice & ideas to the process that determines State laws
  • Overview of the people at the Capitol, what they do there, and how and when lawmaking takes place
  • Handy tips for finding the information you need, including an overview of the legislature’s website
  • Assistance in writing and delivering effective testimony – at the Capitol or from your home on the Big Island

Honolulu, Hawaii – Between December 12 and December 18, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that people can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave the Big Island.  All are welcome.  No registration or prior experience is required.

Part 1 (1st hour): How the Legislative Process Works (and How to Work It)

Part 2 (2nd hour): Digging Deeper (interactive session) – Delving further into the legislature’s website and other resources.

People are welcome to attend either or both sessions.  The PAR, a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol and has long been devoted to assisting residents as they engage in State legislative government. There is never a fee for services.

PAR’s workshops are designed to be useful to both newcomers and veterans of the legislative process.  Covered topics will include an overview of the Legislature’s website, understanding the legislative process, delivering effective testimony, and making sense of the calendar and deadlines.  Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

The schedule of PAR’s December Hawaii Island presentations is as follows:

Thursday               December 12             6:00 p.m.            Pahala Plantation Manager’s Hous (at the corner of Maile & Pikake Streets)

Friday                     December 13             6:00 p.m.            UH Hilo Ho’oulu Terrace, UCB Room 127

Saturday                December 14           12:00 noon           Kailua-Kona Civic Center’s Liquor  Control Conference Room

Monday                 December 16             6:00 p.m.            Pahoa Community Center

Tuesday                 December 17             6:00 p.m.            Waimea Parker Library Conference Room

Wednesday          December 18             6:00 p.m.            Laupahoehoe Library Conference Room

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from the Big Island at 974 4000 ext.70478 or via email at Please contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.


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