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“Your Voice!” – Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process!
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“Your Voice!” – Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process!

Big Island, Kauai, and Maui Workshops

From LRB PAR, October, 2016

Pick up tips and tools to help you add your voice to Hawaii's lawmaking process at the Public Access Room (PAR)'s free workshop, offered at numerous locations on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island this fall.

The workshop/presentation “Your Voice!” is about an hour in length, and covers the Legislature and how to effectively participate in the legislative process. In addition, this year the neighbor island workshops will be combined with an open “office hour” for residents who may want to drop in to ask questions, pick up materials, or delve more deeply into specific areas.

Topics covered by the workshop include:

Tips and techniques on effective lobbying, testimony, and communicating with Senators and Representatives
Understanding the legislative process, deadlines, and power dynamics
Easy to use tools available on the Legislature’s website
Helpful handouts, guides, and resources

The flexible nature of the workshop provides a useful start for newcomers, as well as new information and inspiration for veterans of the legislative process. While participants are encouraged to register for the free workshops, drop-ins are always welcome. To register, get additional information, or to schedule additional or advanced workshops during these annual visits, call 808/587-0478 or email


Taking place on Tuesday, November 1st, at 5:15 pm at Room 325 in the Capitol Building, the workshop "Add Your Voice" can help you put your patriotism, love of Hawaii and skills to work. Virginia Beck, Coordinator for the Public Access Room at the Capitol Building, will show you how to process, support or oppose bills going through the Legislature. 

The presentation begins at 5:30 pm. We ask that you arrive for registration, refreshments and mingling around 5:15 pm. Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP Michelle at 593-7679 or

People can park all around the Capitol Building starting at 4:30 pm without having to pay. This includes the underground parking garage with the entrance on Beretania the block before the Capitol Building.

Hawaii Island Workshops: October 12-20, 2016 
(view our flyer)
5:00 – 6p - Public Access Room (PAR) drop-in “office hour” 
6:00 – 7p - “Your Voice” presentation/workshop
Kailua-Kona Wed Oct 12 West Hawaii Civic Center
(Community Meeting Hale)
Waimea              Thu Oct 13 Thelma Parker Memorial Library
Volcano             Thu Oct 17 Volcano Art Center
(*Note: For Volcano, drop-in hour - 11a - 12noon; presentation - 12noon - 1p)
Ocean View      Mon Oct 17 Ocean View Community Center
Hilo Tue Oct 18 Hilo Public Library
Honokaa Wed Oct 19 NHERC 
(North Hawaii Education & Research Center)
Pahoa Thu Oct 20 Pahoa Community Center

Kauai Workshops: October 25-27, 2016 
(view our flyer)
Hanapepe Tue Oct 25 11a - 12 noon - drop in "office hour"
12 noon - 1p - "Your Voice" presentation/workshop
Hanapepe Public Library
Lihue Tue Oct 25 5 - 6p - drop in "office hour"
6 - 7p - "Your Voice" presentation/workshop
Lihue Public Library
Kapaa Wed Oct 26 5 - 6p - drop in "office hour" Kapaa Public Library
Princeville Thu Oct 27 11a - 12 noon - drop in "office hour"
12 noon - 1p - "Your Voice" presentation/workshop
Princeville Public Library

Maui Workshops: November 14-18, 2016 
(view our flyer)
Haiku Tue Nov 14 Haiku Community Center 
Hana Highway & Pipialoha Street
Pukalani Tue Nov 15 Tavares Community Center/Pool
91 Pukalani Street (room by the pool)
*11:00 a.m. = drop-in; 12 noon - presentation
Kihei Wed Nov 15 Kihei Public Library
35 Waimahaihai Street
Kahului Thu Nov 16 UH Maui College, Laulima Room 107
310 Kahuumanu Avenue
Wailuku Wed Nov 17 Wailuku Public Library
251 S. High Street
Lahaina Thu Nov 18 Kaunoa West Maui Senior Center
788 Pauoa Street
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - drop in "office hour"
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - "Your Voice" presentation/workshop

Oahu, Lanai, Molokai Workshops
Oahu Workshops:  Schedule in development. Please contact PAR to schedule group workshops, tutorials, or webinars.
Lanai Workshops: Schedule in development. Please contact PAR to schedule group workshops, tutorials, or webinars.
Molokai Workshops: Schedule in development. Please contact PAR to schedule group workshops, tutorials, or webinars.

Please contact PAR directly well in advance to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.

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