The seemingly never ending battle between Aerial Banners North and local authorities was taken up a notch Friday as someone hired the company to convey a marriage proposal. It flew on a banner over Waikiki and Diamond Head Friday evening around 7 p.m.
Honolulu government officials are not happy about the flights and have passed laws making it illegal to tow banners in the air over Oahu. The penalty for each flight is a $500 citation with the possibility of 30 days in jail.
"I think it’s the wrong thing to do for a new company to come into our community and not do it in a way that’s humble. We want them to follow the law," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Citizens were instructed to call 911 if the banner planes were spotted. Numerous calls to 911 were heard over police scanners all over Oahu as the plane was first spotted near Mililani, Wahiawa and Pearl City then Punchbowl before it finally delivered its message to the Waikiki and Diamond Head area.
The first court appearance schedule to address the citations and the legality of the flights is to be held August 5.