Billboard-free Forever: Defending our Legacy Victory Hawaii has a long standing tradition of regulating the size and placement of signs. In the early 1900s billboards and other inappropriate signs proliferated throughout the islands, particularly on O‘ahu. After many years of consumer actions and boycotts, The Outdoor Circle in 1926 persuaded the Territorial Legislature to pass Hawaii's law banning billboards in the islands. Today Hawaii is one of only four states that prohibit billboards. The others are Vermont, Maine and Alaska. For more detailed information about Billboards & Sign Control in the USA visit the Scenic America website: <scenic.org/billboards-a-sign-control>
Why Regulate Signs? Regulating signs protects the natural beauty of Hawaii. Sign regulations allow businesses and others to display important information while protecting the visual environment. Sign laws provide public safety for vehicles and pedestrians by reducing inappropriate distractions. Sign laws ensure that Hawaii remains free of all billboards.
General Sign Guidelines Sign regulations have standards that must be followed. These standards primarily relate to size, location, placement, motion, illumination, height and setbacks. Violators may face stiff penalties including criminal charges. Sign makers and users need to check the law BEFORE creating and/or posting signs.
Political Signs Political signs fall under different regulations than commercial and other signs because the courts have given them special protection as political expression. The Outdoor Circle asks candidates to limit the size of their signs and the length of time they will be displayed. It is the candidates who voluntarily comply with the common-sense request who truly respect Hawaii's special sense of place, and deserve your consideration.
Please let the political candidates know that displaying huge signs months and months before an election shows disregard for the benefits of our state. If you see unattended political signs on highway rights-of-way and other public property, let the candidate know he/she is breaking the law and offending the voting public.
Complaints About Signs Persons who believe specific signs might be in violation of State or County regulations should double check the standards before making a complaint. When making a complaint be sure to have an address where the sign is located and a detailed description of the sign in question. Note: The Outdoor Circle does not have authority to issue citations.