WELCOME to the Public Access Room
PAR serves the citizens of Hawai`i by providing facilities, services and equipment to enhance their ability to participate in the legislative process. You are welcome here to track and affect legislation pending before the Hawai`i State Legislature. Staff assistance is available in person, by telephone and by e-mail.

PAR is a division of the Legislative Reference Bureau.

An Overview of the Public Access Room (pdf, 180kB)


Wi-Fi at the State Capitol

While the Public Access Room still has its array of desktop computers for you to use, you can now enjoy free wireless Internet connectivity in our office (room 401), as well as House and Senate conference rooms, the auditorium, certain areas of the chamber-level hallway, and the central corridors along railings on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.

The service is free, and access codes and registration are not required. Please don't hesitate to stop by, email or give us a call if you have any questions!


Room 401

415 So Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 587-0478 phone
(808) 587-0749 TTY phone
(808) 587-0793 fax

M-F 7:45a - 6p
M-F 9a - 5p


From the Neighbor Islands,
dial toll free:
974-4000 Hawai`i
984-2400 Maui
274-3141 Kaua`i
followed by the extension:
Ext. 7-0478 office
Ext. 7-0793 fax

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Our newsletter for February, (Adobe PDF, 800 kB)


How to Submit Testimony Online (Adobe PDF, 112KB)


PAR Videos

Visit our new video page!

Newest addition is a tour of the State Capitol: Getting to Know Your State Capitol


We the Powerful!
How to Participate in the State of Hawai`i's Legislative Process

A workshop presented by Suzanne Marinelli, Coordinator, Hawai`i State Legislature's Public Access Room. Now on video!

The PAR workshop is also available as a Powerpoint slideshow or a pdf download with annotations.

  • We the Powerful (Powerpoint slideshow/20MB); incudes a guide to the Legislature's new website.
  • We the Powerful (pdf/9MB) - to access notes to select pages on this pdf edition of our presentation, place your cursor over the little dialogue bubble icon at the top of the page. To keep notes open, double-click the bubble icon. Incudes a guide to the Legislature's new website.


Find Out...Fast!

A special page to quickly find who to call and where to go.



This November and December, the Public Access Room (the "PAR") will conduct a series of free Neighbor Island workshops entitled, "We the Powerful!" These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave your home island. All are welcome. No registration or prior experience is required.

How To Enjoy A Public Hearing
(pdf, 65kB)

Download excerpts from, A Participant's Guide to Hawaii State Legislative Process:

Welcome to the Public Access Room

Visit our Online Documents Corner to access and download state documents, legislative guides and drafting manuals, and citizen participation guides.

quick links:

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