Ask HPD: Asking for monetary donations while standing on the road, sidewalk

Question: Can people ask for monetary donations while standing on the road or on the sidewalk?

Answer: Hawaii law states that no person shall stand in, walk along, or otherwise occupy a portion of a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle. Anyone caught violating this law can face a $70 fine.

Standing in or near the flow of traffic is also very dangerous. You could get injured or cause a motor vehicle accident.


§291C-77 Pedestrians soliciting rides, business, or attention of motorist. (a) Except as otherwise provided by county ordinance, no person shall stand in, walk along, or otherwise occupy a portion of a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.
(b) No person shall stand on or in proximity to a street or highway for the purpose of soliciting the watching or guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on a street or highway. [L 1971, c 150, pt of §1; am L 1973, c 216, §2; am L 2015, c 35, §5]

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