Honolulu Answers is an experimental new approach designed to make it easier for people to find City information and services quickly.

What It Is

Honolulu Answers is a citizen-focused website that is question-driven, with clean, easy-to-navigate design. You can ask a question or type in keywords using plain language. You'll receive simple, friendly, concise, easy-to-understand responses, as though they're coming from a neighbor.

Watch this short video to learn more about Honolulu Answers.

The Design

People begin most internet journeys with Search, so the site is designed with that in mind. At the same time, the most frequently viewed topics are bubbled up front, so most people can just click straight to their topic of interest. The content is organized based on citizen understanding, the intuitive way you'd think of a problem, not the way the City is organized internally.

There are 3 types of content on the site:

  • Quick Answers tell you the key things the majority of people need to know in order to answer the question.
  • Guides provide more detailed step-by-step information for more complex answers.
  • Web Services let you conduct transactions online to answer your questions.

Overall, Honolulu Answers is designed to be user-friendly, to make people's lives easier. It declutters the government website experience, and it solves a need people ordinarily have. Honolulu Answers is a first-of-its-kind for municipal government, but we were very inspired by GOV.UK who are addressing a similar need for the UK government.

Our Team

Honolulu Answers was created by Code for America Fellows in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu:

LizElizabeth Hunt
PhilPhilip Hale
JoeyJoey Cody
AmirAmir Reavis-Bey


We'd love to hear from you

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