HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) would like to remind the public that outdoor advertising, including political campaign signage, is prohibited on the state right of way. In the last month alone, Highways Maintenance staff have removed more than 200 signs from HDOT jurisdiction, which takes time and resources away from other maintenance duties.
The exceptions to this are the following:
(1) Directional and other official signs and notices, which signs and notices shall include, but not be limited to, signs and notices pertaining to natural wonders, scenic and historic attractions as authorized or required by law.
(2) Signs, displays, and devices advertising the sale or lease of the property upon which they are located.
(3) Signs, displays, and devices advertising activities conducted on the property upon which they are located.
(4) Signs lawfully in existence on October 22, 1965, determined by the director to be landmark signs, including signs on farm structures or natural surfaces, of historic or artistic significance
The state law prohibiting the installation of signs is Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 264, Part V. Text of the law can be found at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol05_Ch0261-0319/HRS0264/HRS_0264-0072.htm
The removal of outdoor advertising along state highways is also in line with the federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965. More information on the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 can be found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/real_estate/oac/oacprog.cfm#OACP
To report an illegally placed sign in HDOT jurisdiction, please contact the Highways Maintenance Hotline at 808-831-6714 or email MSWClerk@hawaii.gov