Motorists enjoying ocean and mountain scenes frequently happen upon another common feature in the islands: junked-out cars.
Beauty and the beast along the Kamehameha Highway near Kualoa Park, where a graffiti-covered vehicle rests on its rims near the foothills of the Koolaus.
A pair of junkers near the Kahana Valley. Two bills in the Legislature would require counties to remove abandoned cars from public roads within 10 days.
Another clunker mars the view of the Windward Shore. Before the Great Recession, the cars could be sold for $100 at two companies that shredded them into scrap metal. That’s no longer cost-effective.
Abandoned cars like this one on the North Shore are often stripped of valuable parts, leaving metal, broken glass and wires behind on the side of the road.
Towing and recycling fees can cost salvage yards that take old cars like this more than they make from selling used parts and scrap metal.
A motorist passes an all-too-common scene near Kawela Beach on the North Shore. Last year the Honolulu Department of Customer Services received 28,263 abandoned vehicle complaints. The city contracts with tow companies to move abandoned cars to lots. If a car sits in a lot unclaimed for more than 20 business days, they may be auctioned.
The north end of Kaneohe Bay can been seen through this doorless pickup near Waikane. Abandoned cars sometimes leak oil and antifreeze that can end up in storm drains.
Oahu’s west side is no stranger to the unsightliness, which includes this vehicle near the Farrington Highway in Nanakuli with Puu Ohulu in the background.
Many abandoned vehicles like this one along Kaukamana Road in Waianae are burned out and gutted.
With a tarp for a roof, this vehicle alongside Kaukamana Road in Waianae may be someone’s temporary shelter.
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