Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill today that will increase the amount individuals can be fined for having overgrown and unkempt properties.

Bill 3 was introduced by Honolulu Councilman Stanley Chang, and bumps the maximum penalty amount up to $5,000 per day.

“They’re gong to feel the full measure of the law,” Caldwell said of violators. “$5,000 a day adds up pretty quickly.”

During a press conference with Caldwell, Chang said the intent of the bill wasn’t to go after “mom and pop” offenders who might let the weeds in their yards get a little out of hand.

Instead, he said he wants to target the “egregious, repeat offenders” who continually ignored calls to clean up their yards.

“As far as we know this is the first major property blight bill in years to address this matter,” Change said.

Some have referred to Bill 3 as the Kawamoto Bill, named after Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto, who has allowed several of his high-dollar properties in Kahala to become blighted.

Kawamoto has since been arrested for alleged tax evasion.

Here’s a three-part series Civil Beat did about Kawamoto’s properties:

Land Barren: Japanese Billionaire Is Raising Eyebrows, Razing Houses

Land Barren: Who Is Genshiro Kawamoto?

Land Barren: Since 2005, Dozens of Violations At Billionaire’s Properties

—Nick Grube

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