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Monday, December 3, 2012
Workshops Maui, Big Isle: 'We the Powerful'
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"We the Powerful!"

From Legislative Reference Bureau

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, and how and when lawmaking takes place

Handy tips for finding the information you need

Assistance in writing and delivering effective testimony - at the Capitol or without leaving your home.

Maui and Big Island - – Between December 3 and December 13, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!” These 1 ¼ hour 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 their home island. All are welcome. No registration or prior experience is required. Download the flyer: Maui(pdf) or Big Island (pdf).

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 newly-redesigned 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.

Maui Workshops: December 2012


Dec 3

12 noon

Kahului Community Center
275 Uhu St. (in Kahului Community Park)


Dec 3


Kihei Community Center
303 E. Lipoa St. (small meeting room)


Dec 4

12 noon

Pukalani Tavares Community Center
91 Pukalani St. (meeting room near pool)


Dec 5


Lahaina Civic Center
1840 Honoapiilani (social hall)


Dec 6


Wailuku Public Library
251 High St.

Big Island Workshops: December 2012


Dec 10


Mountain View Public Library


Dec 11


Hilo Public Library


Dec 12

12 noon

North Kohala Public Library


Dec 12


Waimea Thelma Parker Library


Dec 13


Naalehu School Cafeteria

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from Maui at 984-2400 ext. 70478, toll free from Big Island at 974-4000 ext. 70478, or via email at par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Please contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.

Interested in learning more right now? Want to review the workshop you’ve already attended? Check out the handy links below – you can walk yourself through the core of the workshop. Just call or email PAR if you have questions!

Workshop Material

·       RSS feed information sheet (pdf, 275KB)

·       Written testimony outline (pdf, 736KB)

·       Hearing notice outline (pdf, 944KB)

PAR Flyer

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.

Download excerpts from, A Participant's Guide to Hawaii State Legislative Process:Organization & Function of the Legislature

Walk through Session - Learn about... bills, deadlines, committees, testimony and so much more!




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