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10 of the Strangest Hawaiian Laws You Didn’t Know Existed

All over the continental U.S. you can find bizarre, dumb, and simply outlandish laws in any state if you take the time to look. As it turns out, Hawaii, one of only two detached states, is no exception. Here are 10 strange laws to keep in mind if you’re ever visiting the Aloha State.

#1 Billboards are illegal.

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Especially in areas that are popular with tourists, we’ve grown used to being bombarded with larger than life advertisements. You won’t find that in Hawaii, though. Luckily, the beautiful views are left unspoiled by the ban on this type of advertising.

#2 Specifically on the island of Kauai, you can’t build a structure taller than a palm tree.

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What better way to stay focused on the natural beauty of the area than to let nature have the largest and most magnificent features of a location?

#3 You could be fined for not owning a boat.

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yachtworld.com

As a resident of Hawaii, a boat certainly seems like a good investment. An investment so important, apparently, that someone somewhere decided to make it a requirement.

#4 It is illegal to have more than one alcoholic drink in front of you at once.

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daveandbusters.com

In an oasis of relaxation like beautiful Hawaii, it isn’t uncommon to see visitors and locals alike with a cool drink in their hand. Be sure to finish one beverage before starting the next, though, lest you accumulate more than one glass in front of you.

#5 You can’t put coins in your ears.

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cdn.c.photoshelter.com

Uhhh… So this is one of those extra strange laws that likely came to exist as a result of an even stranger story. Double check your packing list to ensure that you have a change purse before travelling out to this island paradise so you won’t be tempted to stash  your change anywhere illegal.

#6 You can’t legally ride in the backseat of a car without a seat belt, but if all the seats in the car are taken, you can ride in the bed of a truck with no safety equipment.

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picturepositorty.com

This one certainly seems a little counterproductive, but can you imagine settling down into the bed of a truck for a quick ride as you head to the beach? If you tilt your head back and enjoy the ride, a cool ocean breeze might rustle your hair while towering palm trees and fluffy clouds rush by above you? Maybe the truck bed isn’t the worst seat in the house after all.

#7 It is against the law to annoy birds in a state park.

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We aren’t sure precisely what qualifies as “annoying,” so tread carefully here if you’re out exploring the nature that the state has set aside. At home, feel free to pester the fowl if you’re so inclined — the law can’t touch you there!

#8 No person may keep more than 15 cats and dogs in a home.

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api.ning.com

We aren’t sure about the enforcement rates of this law, but it is certainly putting a damper on our future life plans.

#9 You aren’t allowed to fish using dynamite, poison, or an electric current.

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bajafishing.net

Again, we can only imagine the story of the poor soul who necessitated this law. Fishing with dynamite sort of seems to ruin the sprtsmanship anyway, right?

#10 You could go to jail if you’re in possession of a shark fin.

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hawaiisharkencounters.com

You could end up in the slammer for a year if you have one of those. Furthermore, feeding sharks is also illegal. Was that a law we really needed to put down in writing? Apparently so.

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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