New Anti-Graffiti Legislation Introduced

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi
Councilmember Ann Kobayashi
Nancie Caraway
Nancie Caraway

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Some call it art, others, vandalism.

But for one Honolulu City Councilmember, graffiti is a big problem.

"So we got frustrated and called this a public nuisance," said Ann Kobayashi.

She wants to clean up what taggers leave behind.

"There's some in the middle of town. Abandoned buildings, tower record store, there are other areas," she said.

Kobayashi is introducing Bill 5, an anti-graffiti initiative. It would allow the government to step in and deal with graffiti on private property that can be seen from a public place.

The law would give the private owner the option of cleaning up the graffiti, or giving the City permission to go on their property to get rid of it.

Kobayashi says studies have shown that the immediate removal of graffiti is the best weapon for prevention. She also believes community involvement is also very important.

"I'm sure volunteers will come forward when we can deal with it on private property," she said.

Residents say they're willing to help and do what it takes to keep their neighborhood clean and safe.

"We want it to be inviting and welcoming to all our neighbors and everybody else on the island," said Nancie Caraway, Manoa resident.

"We're very proud of our city and we want to keep it nice," said Kobayashi.