The 2021 session is now over, and we had a few wins!
SB474: Regarding sea level rise disclosure in real estate transactions, now ACT 179!
HB1102: Regarding discarding plastic balloons, now ACT 141!
SB772: natural resource license plates, now ACT 50!
HB1022: cooler inspections for illegal fishing, now ACT 47!
Contact us for more information on bill detail and submitting written and oral testimonies!
Civics = Empowerment & Engagement
This page is designed to empower and guide you to become part of an activated and engaged community. Throughout the page are ways that you can:
Learn how to submit testimony for active bills
(Update for 2021 session: use these instructions for virtual state testimony)
Follow current Oʻahu legislation that Surfrider is supporting
Take the first step in exercising your voice as a citizen of Oʻahu
Upcoming Opportunities to get involved!
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, all Surfrider events are currently virtual, as well as legislative meetings. The legislative session in Hawaiʻi started on January 20th, so see below for bills that our chapter is supporting! Check out our calendar for virtual events coming up!
Stay tuned on this page for Surfrider priorities for the 2022 session!
State Level Engagement Steps:
Step 1: Create your account
Creating an account on the Hawai‘i State Capitol website is easy! Once created you can log-in to find your Senators & Representatives, follow bills, and submit written testimony. The info-graphic below also shows you the 8 simple steps for submitting testimony in less than 5 minutes.
Step 2: Following Bills
Add the bills from the top of the page to your hearing notifications and get email reminders about their progress!
City & County Bills:
1. Bill 2 and Bill 65: These bills just passed and have become law thanks to the hard work and support of Surfrider's volunteers and community engagement!
Step 3: Submitting Testimony
Submitting online testimony can take as little as 2 minutes! Clicking "support" or "oppose" can make a difference for a bill, but take it a step further and explain your opinions or attach a longer document. Submitting testimony can show how engaged the community is on any issue, and be the deciding factor in decision making!
Tips for Creating Powerful Testimony
Written and In-Person
- Know the subject matter! Read up on the issue- and the legislation in question- in order to make comments that are relevant and meaningful.
- Know your audience! Who are you trying to influence with your comments? Emphasize aspects of your position that will resonate with the target group or lawmaker.
- Know the rules! If speaking at a public hearing, make sure you're aware of the procedure and any speaking rules. Check websites or give the lawmakers office a call beforehand.
Step 4: Staying Updated
If you want to get regular updates about city council hearings and important information, click this link!
Inspiration From A Recent Success Story: Bill 40
In the winter of 2019 mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law the strongest and most comprehensive plastic bans in the country! Now enacted as Ordinance 19-30, or the Disposable Foodware Ordinance, this is a huge win for Oʻahu, and sets a precedent that many states are bound to follow. For more information on what Bill 40 entails, see our FAQ!
[From left to right] Surfrider Chair Ray Aivazian, former Hawaiʻi Regional Manager Stuart Coleman, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Surfrider Oʻahu Chapter Coordinator Doorae Shin, and Beach Cleanup Coordinator Ileana Ing celebrating bill 40 becoming law!