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
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 have been cancelled, and the legislature in Hawaiʻi is currently on hold, with all public hearings cancelled until further notice.
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
Follow along with some of our priority bills using the links below. Add these bills to your hearing notifications and get email reminders about their progress!
We will continue adding bills for the 2020 Legislative session below as they become available
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!
2020 Surfrider Supported Bills Of Priority
Inspiration From A Recent Success Story: Bill 40
In the winter of last year mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law the strongest and most comprehensive plastic bans in the country! 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!