Off The Beat: Hawaii's 'Dark Age' of Information

We've been in the Information Age for decades now, but obtaining information on upcoming government meetings in Hawaii feels more like we're still in the Dark Ages.

More than 160 commissions and boards hold meetings throughout the year – meetings that the public should know about because what transpires could have significant impact on their communities. From a proposed 12,000-home master-planned development in east Kapolei to food safety requirements that could affect on local farmers, these public forums provide a way for citizens to make their opinions known.

It’s democracy at work — but only if the public knows about the meetings.

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