Opinion Letter No. 93-20
October 21, 1993
Membership List of Citizens’ Group Confidential
Public disclosure by the County of Hawaii Planning
Department of a list of the names and addresses of
members of The Citizens for Protection of the North Kohala Coastline
(CPNKC) would constitute a
"clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" under
the UIPA. CPNKC had submitted its
membership list to the Department in connection with its request
to the County of Hawaii Planning
Commission to conduct a contested case hearing concerning applications
submitted by a developer for
permits to build a resort in North Kohala. The Commission denied
CPNKC’s request, and CPNKC
appealed to the Circuit Court.
The OIP found that individuals have a "significant"
privacy interest in information that reveals their associations,
exposing their beliefs and ideas, which are not outweighed by the
public interest in disclosure. In this opinion, the OIP did not
address either a discovery request for the issuance of a subpoena
for the production of records by a party in a contested case hearing,
or any discovery practices pursuant to court rules.