Signs of opposing candidates in same spot causes confusion

Sung Il Lee
Sung Il Lee
Cecilia Reyes
Cecilia Reyes

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - You've seen them almost everywhere, especially near stoplights.

But why do some people have campaign signs up of opposing candidates? We checked out a few locations around Honolulu, mostly at busy intersections or main highways.

The signs tell the story. It's one of those hot spots where candidates fight for a place to leave their mark.

Young's Meat Market owns this property and therefore is the gatekeeper for this prime piece of fence along the busy intersection of Nimitz Highway and Kalihi Street.

Company president Sung Il Lee says the signs began popping up about a month ago and he's still getting requests, despite the decrease in space.

"Everybody who asks, that's why I say okay, I cannot do somebody yes and somebody no," he said.

He doesn't mind opposing candidates' signs on his fence and they almost always ask him for permission first.

Up Kalihi Street, which turns into the Likelike Highway, Cecilia Reyes also holds down a key area.

It's where the Likelike meets Gulick Avenue. Opposing gubernatorial candidates Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie have their signs on her fence.

"Just put, 'cuz I don't care, just because this is my property, but I give my respect to everyone," she said.

Reyes says she doesn't care who puts the signs up, just as long as they ask and they have been, except for one case, where a sign from gubernatorial candidate Art Reyes popped up unannounced.

But Reyes says she'll keep the sign up as a sign of respect.

"Bumbai they think I don't respect any one of them, how come I put and then they take it out," she said.

Both she and Lee agree, if space is available, just ask. Campaign signs may only be posted on private property.

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