Smoking Hawaii - May Contest Pet Peeve

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537

I was not going to play my harp on this peeve; but then last minute, this seemed to be an outlet.

We live near a City Bayfront Park which is relatively quiet and peaceful EXCEPT for one MAJOR Twerk! 

A “NO SMOKING law that began January 2014! SMOKING BAN BILL 25
You are banned from “Lighting up” at all parks and City owned properties.  As an example, our park has several obvious signs as show here.
It is against the LAW to smoke in ANY public place except the Municipal Public Golfcourse (don't know how that slipped through).

Smoking Ban Hawaii
NO SMOKING at ALL CITY and COUNTY PUBLIC PARKS, PARKING LOTS and BEACHES.  The fine is steep at $100 for the first offense and up to $500 for subsequent violations thereafter. 
The ban extends to within 20 feet of all areas that are owned or controlled by the City and County of Honolulu.  These places are protected from secondhand smoke as well as the toxic and unsightly litter associated with smoking.  The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) is authorized to enforce this policy. 

The measure bans lighting up at all bus stops and city parks, beaches, athletic fields and facilities.  The City Council is sending a strong message against smoking.    This all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  Is it enforced?  Rarely.  One of the signs, has cigarette butts on the ground surrounding the post (see photo), appearing to be a protest from smokers.
Cigarette Butts at the sign postChapter 328 of Title 19 of the Hawaii Revised Statute prohibits smoking in all enclosed or partially enclosed areas, including buildings and vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the State or any county. Under the state laws of Hawaii, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed or partially enclosed areas open to the public, including airports and public transportation facilities and vehicles, and ticket, boarding, and waiting areas of public transit depots.  It is also prohibited in aquariums, galleries, libraries, and museums and areas generally used by the general public, including restrooms, lobbies, reception areas, hallways, and other common areas, in businesses and nonprofit entities patronized by the public, offices, banks, laundromats, hotels, and motels, bars, bowling alleys, convention facilities, educational facilities and elevators. 

Curiously, the ban was unanimously approved by the Honolulu City Council and does not apply to municipal golf courses (must be where the local power is).  It has been against Oahu, Hawaii Law to smoke within twenty feet of the entrances to stores, restaurants, bars and other places of employment.  The HPD could be making just as much by giving citations on this subject instead of setting up speed traps.  Here is a recent news article.  If you are serious about quitting, there is an organization that will help you for FREE!  {Click here.} Paul McKenna has a vid on line, entitled, Stop Smoking for Good. 49m 29s.


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Comments (10)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is really hate when people use my beach for an ash tray Bruce Hicks no matter what island I'm on!

Apr 30, 2017 09:09 PM
Bruce Hicks

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, Most of them do not know that their bodies give off an offensive odor also!

Apr 30, 2017 09:50 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Well, there's certain smoking habits  that ain't going away in Maui Wowie!

Apr 30, 2017 10:27 PM
Bruce Hicks

Yes, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS they allow Medical Pakalolo in Hawaii; however, researchers have found that it can be damaging and addictive.

May 01, 2017 08:22 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a shame if you have a law might as well enforce it, what an easy way to get revenue....Endre

Apr 30, 2017 11:53 PM
Bruce Hicks

Yes, Endre Barath, Jr. the HPD can set speed traps and get $200 per ticket, but they can also catch MORE people at $100 per ticket, with less labor involved.

May 01, 2017 08:24 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Maybe it is all the tourists that don't abide by the law because they don't know. I commend your local government for trying to keep the air clean for the rest of us.

May 01, 2017 05:30 AM
Bruce Hicks

From what I've seen, it's mostly residents and not the tourists.

May 01, 2017 08:08 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I must agree with you, Bruce Hicks and I see so many smokers heave their butts out of their cars when driving, seemingly oblivious that they will all eventually end up in the ocean and on beaches, or in the bellies of fish. Nasty!

May 01, 2017 06:12 AM
Bruce Hicks

On a few occasions Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 I have witnessed smokers flicking their butts into the ocean at shoreline.

May 01, 2017 08:12 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am always amazed that smoking is a legal drug that is more harmful than others that are banned. If I see the picture right, those are cigarette butts below the sign?

May 01, 2017 07:02 AM
Bruce Hicks

That's correct, you can't see it Joe Pryor but I counted 30 butts directly below the Smoking Ban sign!

May 01, 2017 08:10 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

That one really causes my blood to boil.  Some people just have no respect for anything! Why they City does not enforce the rules ... is shameful. They don't even need police to do enforce. They can have community service offers, much like parking control, enforce. It is cost effective and will help to send the right message and keep the city and waterways clean.

Thank you for participating in the contest. 

May 01, 2017 08:48 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I thought they voted to allow those to grow them in the pot. No funny looking cigarette in HI?   Far out.

May 01, 2017 08:38 PM
Bruce Hicks

If you have Medical Marijuana license, you can grow up 4 plants for personal use. Easy to get a license, a person can say they have headache weekly, go online to a certified doctor, pay $100 and she got a license.

May 01, 2017 09:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The first real estate office I worked in back in the 1980s, was loaded with career smokers.  Our office had this blue grey cloud that wafted about 5 feet up from the floor.  After 10 years in that office, I was having respiratory problems.  I am not a smoker, but tests showed I had lost about 15% of my lung capacity.

May 02, 2017 12:59 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Bruce, Many smokers do not realize, nor care to know, how far their cigarette smoke travels.  This addiction is a hard one to break and so unfair that non-smokers and young lungs have to be exposed because of someone's addiction.

I remember a while back getting out of a car to hike a beautiful state park and someone had dumped their full ashtray a few feet from a trash can...

A very bad addition.

Aug 20, 2018 08:40 AM