Sunshine Memo 10-6
Appropriateness of Executive Session
Requester asked for an investigation into whether
the Hawaii Historic Places Review Board (HHPRB) violated the Sunshine
Law by going into executive session to discuss “how to get
through the entire agenda in a timely fashion before they lost quorum.”
The Sunshine Law allows boards to meet in an executive
meeting for a limited number of purposes. HRS § 92-5. The purpose
stated by the HHPRB is not one of the permitted purposes. OIP found
therefore that the Board’s executive meeting on August 8,
2009, was not allowed under the Sunshine Law.
Upon being made aware of the violation, the DLNR asked
OIP to provide training to its Board and staff on the Sunshine Law.
OIP has since provided training, including the proper reasons for
meeting in an executive session and minutes requirements.