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One of the reasons The Outdoor Circle was established was the need to stop the explosion of billboards in Hawai‘i. After a 13 year battle the Territory of Hawai‘i enacted a ban on billboards that stands to this day. From those roots The Outdoor Circle has become the leading advocate for protecting our state against unnecessary, inappropriate and illegal signs. In its role, The Outdoor Circle advocates for strict government regulation of tightly controlled sign laws that prevent our islands from looking like everyplace else in the nation and the world.
It is our belief that without an undying commitment to keeping the visual pollution created by signs under control the quality of life of our residents and the quality of the Hawai‘i experience for visitors would fall into steady decline. In our role as the “protector” against inappropriate signage, The Outdoor Circle works closely with state and county governments to sustain and strengthen sign laws. The Outdoor Circle also acts as a clearinghouse for complaints about illegal signs.
We are not, however, the enforcers of sign laws. We encourage our members and the general public not to remove inappropriate or illegal signs, but rather report them to The Outdoor Circle or to their respective counties for action. Anyone who wishes to report problem signs may call The Outdoor Circle at 808-593-0300 with the expectation that the complaint will be handled quickly, appropriately and in absolute confidence.
State and County Sign laws can be complex and differ island to island. For information purposes, here are links to the primary laws that control the posting of signs statewide, and in all of Hawai‘i’s Counties.