HAPA files Maui complaint, alleging Sunshine Law violation

LIHUE — The Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) filed a complaint last week with the Office of Information Practices (OIP), requesting an investigation and ruling on “egregious violations” of state “Sunshine Laws” by Maui Council Chair Mike White.

After Election Day, on Nov. 9, documents show that White met, either in person or via phone or electronic means, with multiple members of the Maui County Council, discussed the council organization and came to a decision that involved agreement by a quorum — all without public notice and without a public meeting being held.

HAPA has requested that if White is found guilty of violating the Sunshine Law or the spirit of Sunshine Law, a formal ruling by OIP be issued with recommended penalties, if appropriate.

“The Sunshine Law, like all other laws, should be taken seriously and followed,” said HAPA Board President Gary Hooser. “The point of this law is to make government open and accountable to ‘the people’ for its decisions. As a legislative body, county councils should be held to the highest standard and lead by good example.”

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