New legislation giving property owners in Hawaii the right to enter adjacent vacant privately owned properties became law on April 22nd. Senate Bill 464 was passed in an effort to get rid of the fast-growing, invasive albizia trees.
Last year, the Hawaii Invasive Species Council approved a strategic plan to address albizia infestations statewide. The trees are widespread on Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and parts of Maui.
Under the new law, before a property owner or agent can enter a neighboring property, they must consult with a certified arborist to confirm that the trees’ condition could become hazardous. They must also have tried, unsuccessfully, two or more times to contact the owner and also have given written notice to the owner before accessing the property.