In America, we like to think that laws are created for a reason — but sometimes there are laws that simply make no sense. While the beautiful Aloha State, along with the rest of the country, has several laws that were created with the utmost concern for public safety in mind, there are a few laws that are so obscure that not many people seem to know about them — even police officers. From outlawing activities that should be simple common sense to avoid, to laws that are clearly never enforced, these 14 laws in Hawaii will leave you scratching your head.
1. Billboards are outlawed.
This is one law we absolutely love, as billboards would simply distract from the beauty of our ‘aina.
2. Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.
3. An individual may only have one alcoholic drink in front of them at any given time.
4. In Hawaii, you might be fined for riding in the back seat of a vehicle with no seat belt, however, if all seats are already occupied, you can ride in the bed of a pickup truck — with no safety equipment — without being punished.
We’re not too fond of this law, considering it goes against public safety goals.
5. Residents can actually be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
We’re glad this law isn’t enforced!
6. It used to be illegal for one to leave home without knowing where they were going.
No aimless driving!
7. On Kauai, it is illegal for buildings to be taller than a palm tree.
The average palm tree grows to be 10 to 15 meters tall, in case you were curious.
8. It is illegal to annoy birds while visiting any public park in Honolulu.
I wonder what behavior birds would consider being annoying.
9.It is unlawful to hoard more than 15 dogs and cats in a home.
Now this one makes sense.
10. Unless in the presence of a registered physician, it is illegal to get a tattoo behind your ear or on your eyelid.
11. Apparently, there is a statute that forbids people in bathing suits from appearing uncovered on Waikiki streets.
Now, this law certainly isn’t enforced at all!
12. By law, twins are not permitted to work for the same company.
I wonder why…
13. If you are in possession of the fin of a shark, you can be imprisoned for one year. It is also illegal to feed sharks (for obvious reasons).
This is one I don’t wonder about.
14. It is also against the law to fish with poison, dynamite, or an electric current.
Someone must have tried this in the past.