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Learn how to raise your voice at the State Capitol

By Staff | Sep 7, 2017

Do you want to be heard at the Hawaii Legislature?

Are you interested in learning how laws are made in Hawaii? Do you have an idea for a law, or simply want to tell legislators what you want them to focus on when the Regular Session begins in January?

For answers to these questions, and how to offer your testimony when developments are happening quickly in Honolulu, the Legislature’s Public Access Room (PAR) is holding “Your Voice,” a free, onehour

workshop in Lahaina and other Maui locations this month.

Topics include understanding the legislative process, deadlines and power dynamics (much has changed in leadership at the Legislature), as well as tips on effective lobbying, testifying and communicating

with senators and representatives.

How-to guides, informational handouts and other resources will be available.

“Your Voice” will be offered on Monday, Sept. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Kahului Community Center; Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 and 6 p.m. at the Kenolio Recreation Complex Cafeteria at 131 S. Kihei Road; Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Tavares Community Center in Pukalani; Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at Haiku Community Center; Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at Wailuku Public Library; and Friday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 and 6 p.m. at the Kaunoa West Maui Senior Center at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.

For more information, or to request additional workshops, contact PAR at (808) 587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov.

The Public Access Room, a division of the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol.

Launched in 1990 to assist residents as they engage in state legislative government, there is never a fee for PAR’s services. The office is essential, with almost all of the legislative action happening in Honolulu in the daytime when Hawaii voters are working.

Attend a workshop and learn how to raise your voice at the

State Capitol.