I doubt many of you keep an eye on the state’s official calendar, which includes the public meetings of all manner of state boards and commissions.
It’s a simply way to monitor the pulse of state government through its many bits and pieces.
For example, here’s a link to the coming week’s meetings.
Browse through the lists of meetings. If you see one of potential interest, click on the “Details” link to get the time, place, and agenda of the meeting.
And from the main page, you can choose a different time frame (for example, the following week, or the whole month). You can also use the dropdown menu at the top to focus in on a particular agency, board, or commission, and see the list of their scheduled meetings.
This is, or should be, a basic tool not only for reporters but for concerned citizens.
Unfortunately, most of these meetings proceed “under the radar,” without any reporter present, and with no outside scrutiny. And, I would guess, the number that are part of any reporter’s beat has likely dropped dramatically over the past 15 years.
I can say from past experience that being the only “outsider” sitting in on a normally anonymous board or commission meeting can be a very interesting experience. I highly recommend it.
Unfortunately, I haven’t found a comparable calendar for Honolulu’s many boards and commissions. There’s a calendar for City Council meetings, and one that lists neighborhood board meetings, but if there’s an overall calendar, it is mighty elusive. And I still have to check the situation on the neighbor islands.
In any case, browse and share any nuggets of info on upcoming meetings you think would be of interest.