|About||The Public Access Room is a division of the Legislative Reference Bureau, a non-partisan agency of the Hawaii State Legislature.|
|Mission||The Public Access Room (PAR) provides the public with resources for participation in the State legislative process. This includes knowledge of how things work at the Capitol, as well as a physical location (room 401) for use by members of the public. PAR is a non-partisan office, and there is never a fee for services.|
In 1990, the Hawaii State Legislature established the Public Access Room (PAR) to provide the public with necessary resources for participation in the legislative process. It's the first stop for Hawaii's citizens when working with the Legislature – whether from home, office or at the Capitol. We are non-partisan and there is never a fee for services.
It all started over 25 years ago, when volunteers offered to help one another in typing up their testimony on bills. With the help of community organizations and good government groups, the Hawaii State Legislature realized that more was needed. In a democracy power is vested in the people. It's crucial that people have the resources to use that power! And the Public Access Room was born.
We now have two year-round staff, as well as a few more who join us during the Regular Legislative Session (January through May). Our office is located in room 401, on the 4th floor of the Capitol at Punchbowl and Beretania streets. We have computers and printers available for use, office supplies, work space, and a TV monitor to observe legislative hearings. Our staff is happy to answer questions, teach workshops, and guide you to online resources. We've also got plenty of handouts! We do travel to communities throughout the islands to offer our workshops, talk story, and provide resources. Please call, email, or come on by -- we'd like to help you to be an effective participant at the Legislature!
Not sure where to start? Come by, phone or email. We'll be happy to help you as you take it one step at a time. Add your voice. Do it for yourself. Do it for Hawaii.