Legislative webcasts

What are legislative webcasts?

In partnership with the Hawaii State Capitol, the Hawaii State Public Library System provides access to live webcasts of legislative hearings, meetings and sessions in each of the library branches. Residents have the opportunity to see how the legislature conducts business at the Hawaii State Capitol building via streaming video.

How do they work?

During the Legislative session, walk-in patrons may visit their local library and access the Legislature’s proceedings through designated “Legislative Webcast” computers. These computers will have a one-hearing time limit and are muted so patrons should bring their own headphones.

Patrons can select from either House or Senate streaming webcasts and watch the Legislative hearings, meetings, and sessions. Two or more people may view the webcasts at the same time if space permits.

Patrons should reserve a library computer in advance to view the legislative webcasts. Patrons without library cards may also view the webcasts. Please contact your library staff for assistance.

Mahalo to our sponsors

The new library computers for viewing the legislative webcasts are provided by Hawaii’s Access for All Grant through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and leveraged with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online funds.

Matching funds are provided by:

  • the Friends of the Library of Hawaii
  • the Omidyar Ohana Fund
  • the Hawaii Community Foundation
  • the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation

In State observance of the King Kamehameha I Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

In State observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed May 25 to 27, 2024.