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Date(s) - 02/10/2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium



For the past 3 years Surfrider O‘ahu has held Civic IS Sexy, a free public workshop to empower our community to make positive change, understand the legislative process, and have their voice heard. After engaging nearly 300 workshop attendees in 2017, we are back in 2018 and building a powerful program for you. We hope to continue to increase our numbers in participation (both on the day of and with follow up action) as the positive feedback from previous years has been overwhelming. On February 10th, we are back and prepared to engage new people to in their social action capabilites. We hightly encourage that our previous attendees who got something out of this workshop will pass this invite along to 5 other who have never engaged in the civic process.

Want to know what inspired this workshop? In a TED talk by Eric Liu entitled: “Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power” – Liu asserts, “We need to make civics sexy again. As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.” At Surfrider O‘ahu we agree that you getting involved in making decisions for our State, your neighborhood, and Island Earth is of the utmost importance for creating a world that we want to call home into the future.

Civics IS Sexy is a free to the public participatory workshop promoting effective community engagement in the Hawai‘i State Legislature and other realm of civic society. The process of creating, following, and testifying on important issues in our society can be overwhelming, but the Surfrider Foundation’s O‘ahu Chapter in coordination with many of our partner organizations, including Sierra Club of Hawai‘i, Center For Food Safety, Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation, UH Office of Sustainability, Wild Kids – wants to help you navigate these unfamiliar waters.

Join us for a Saturday at the Capitol and we will walk you through the process with details on how to use the State’s legislative website, gather information through the public access room, and give in-person testimony in front of a panel of legislatures on real-life bills. You’ll also be able to connect with a wide variety of communities and organizations doing extraordinary work to make Hawai‘i a better place.

Join us for a day of inspiring guest speakers, interactive discussions, hands on training, and a free lunch for all participants.

Bring a laptop, tablet, or internet ready device to follow along!

The doors open for sign-in and networking at 9AM