“We’re don’t want to curtail the public’s freedom of speech,” says Marumoto. “But instead address the visual blight of multiple signs for multiple candidates. In 2008, Kalanianaole Highway was an ugly corridor of numerous candidates each with a profusion of signs from Aina Koa to Hawaii Kai.”
The bill restricts property owners to one sign per street frontage for each candidate or issue. If the property has very large street frontage, then the owner may place one sign per 1,000 linear feet.
“I think it’s important to not set unreasonable or unconstitutional limits on what residents can do on their property. They can continue to put up signs for many candidates, but only one per candidate. Plastering signs repeatedly along yards and fences, practically into the street, is distracting and dangerous to drivers,” said Marumoto.