Campaign Signs Prohibited on State Highway’s Right of Way

July 4, 2018, 9:30 AM HST
* Updated July 2, 1:38 PM
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The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) reminds everyone that as election season heats up,  outdoor advertising, including political campaign signage, is prohibited within the State Highway’s right of way.

Highways Maintenance staff and residents have reported increases in illegally placed signage within HDOT jurisdiction. HDOT is providing this reminder as a courtesy to give candidates and their campaigns an opportunity to reposition signs prior to removal.

Highways Maintenance staff will be enforcing the state law prohibiting the installation of signs, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 264, Part V. Text of the law can be found at 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

Illegal outdoor advertising and other highways concerns may be reported through the following:

  • Hawai‘i Island: Maintenance line – (808) 933-8878
  • Maui: Maintenance line – (808) 873-3535
  • O‘ahu: Highways Maintenance Hotline – (808) 831-6714 or email [email protected]
  • Kaua‘i: Maintenance line – (808) 241-3000 (follow the voice prompts for potholes or other maintenance)

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