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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We have updated our Hawaii Legislature Website Guide (Adobe PDF, 1.1 MB)


Our newsletter for March, (Adobe PDF, 700 kB)

*Answers to our Crossword Puzzle! Download the pdf.*


*New* Brown Bag Workshops

In April we will be offering a series of "Legislature 201" workshops for the public.

  • Floor Sessions and Orders of the Day: Tuesday, April 7th, 12 noon-1 p.m.
  • Odd Things Happen!: Thursday, April 9th, 12 noon-1 p.m
  • Conference Committees: Thursday, April 16th, 12 noon-1 p.m.m

For a brief description of the workshops, go to PAR's workshop page. We invite you to bring your lunch and join us! To sign up, please call, 587-0478, or email, par@capitol.hawaii.gov), to sign up!


"We the Powerful" Workshops

You can still participate in our standard "We the Powerful" workshop -- just call or email to schedule a time! The presentation includes: understanding the legislative process, delivering effective testimony, using the Legislature's website, and an overview of other resources. Let us know your level of knowledge and experience, and we will do our best to tailor the workshop accordingly.


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.


PAR Videos

Visit our 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, former Coordinator, Hawai`i State Legislature's Public Access Room. Now on video!


Find Out...Fast!
A special page to quickly find who to call and where to go.

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

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

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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