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JM_Runs

Date Posted:10/09/2004 03:42:48Copy HTML

No law bans women from going topless - Thursday, August 26, 2004 Honolulu Star Bulletin http://starbulletin.com/columnist/column.php?id=7464&col_id=12 Question: I recently was at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach where there was a woman with her top off. Thinking she might be a tourist, I mentioned to her she might get arrested. She thanked me but did nothing to cover up. A lifeguard soon came up and spoke with her. He left, and she still didn't put her top on. Later, I was in the water and she came in. We chatted; she lives in Honolulu. She told me there is no law requiring women to cover their breasts and that lifeguards are instructed to ask women to put their tops on, but they have no enforcement authority and police aren't called because no law is being broken. Is this true? Answer: Hold on to your hat -- if not your top: The woman was basically correct. There is no state or city law prohibiting women from baring their breasts in public, acknowledged Capt. Carlton Nishimura, of the Honolulu Police Department. He double-checked with the city Prosecutor's Office to make sure. There are laws against indecent exposure and open lewdness, both petty misdemeanors, but they don't cover women's breasts, so to speak. Under Hawaii Revised Statutes 707-734, it says, "A person commits the offense of indecent exposure if the person intentionally exposes the person's genitals to a person to whom the person is not married under circumstances in which the actor's conduct is likely to cause affront." Breasts are not genitals, which are defined as the reproductive or external sex organs. HRS 712-1217 says: "A person commits the offense of open lewdness if in a public place the person does any lewd act which is likely to be observed by others who would be affronted or alarmed." Nishimura points out that this law "doesn't say anything about (exposing) genitals or breasts." Someone could be topless and commit a lewd act, but sunbathing topless of and by itself wouldn't constitute lewdness, he said. What would happen if someone complained that a topless woman in public was offensive? "We would probably go up (to the woman) and explain that people are alarmed, but in actuality there is nothing we can do to force them to cover up," Nishimura said. Police could possibly base an arrest on disorderly conduct, but he doubted that charge would stick because "it doesn't fit the statute." He also pointed out that breast-feeding in public is not against the law and that there also are constitutional issues involved, since men go topless all the time. The Prosecutor's Office suggested that "if people have a problem with it, they contact their legislators or city councilman" to change the law, Nishimura said. Ralph Goto, administrator of the city Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Division, said it is true that lifeguards don't have any enforcement powers. If there is a complaint, lifeguards would call the dispatch office, which would then call HPD, he said. "All we can do is advise. ... We do our best to advise people" if there is a complaint, Goto said. But while women going topless might be a distraction, it "is not a problem," he said.
Ex_Member #1

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:10/10/2004 07:32:17Copy HTML

A win!

Men go topless in public all the time, it is true, and some of them have much bigger breasts than most women...

Ryan Booth #2

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:10/12/2004 01:10:10Copy HTML

It's just plain crazy. Women have been going topless in Europe for a long long time and no one bats an eyelid. It's perfectly natural. And for this minority the authorities keep going on about "who might be offended" please let yourselves be known. Because quite frankly I don't think anyone is offended in the slightest.
 
Thongmad,
 
I couldn't of put it better myself.
 
Regards
Ryan
Ex_Member #3

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:10/12/2004 02:58:40Copy HTML

Thank God for common sense Hawaii. I'm moving there!!
doitinathong #4

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:10/22/2004 12:46:58Copy HTML

Didn't they come to the same (if man can go topless, so can women) conclusion in New York in '92?
MarcoUSA #5

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:03/24/2005 04:16:09Copy HTML

When Captain Cook landed on the Islands many years ago, I believe the women were topless then. Why would anyone want that changed. It's a culture thing. Like eating Poi.

Leave them alone!!!

sailor250 #6

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:01/21/2016 10:51:31Copy HTML

 Here's a Peru TV news station which tried a social experiment- a girl goes TNB on the beach and it's not well accepted there.  Check out the size of the couple nearby who aren't happy about it- they're probably making fun of her for being skinny too. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/489130/WATCH-woman-sunbathes-topless-beach
sailor250 #7

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:02/01/2017 11:25:53Copy HTML

 Wow I didn't knowo Argentina was going to be uptight about topless beach.  Here's a video about an almost riot! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4179388/Topless-women-whip-bikinis-protest.html
jn9195 #8

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:02/07/2017 05:41:00Copy HTML

 What a bunch of disgusting perverts!  Crowding her and invading her space isn't acceptable...
thongman8 #9

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:04/03/2017 02:41:04Copy HTML

 When we we in Maui in 2005, we stayed near Black Rock.  I forget the name of the hotel.  Evey day, an older lady, maybe in her 50s, laid out topless on the lawn area of the resort near the sidewalk that ran along the beach.  Additionally, there was a couple that rented a cabana on the beach.  The lady, maybe late 20s, wore a thong and was topless.  Lots of people walked by and saw them as it was a busy sidewalk with people going to Black Rock to snorkel.   The hotel staff repeatedly walked past both ladies.   As far as I know, no one said anything to them about being topless.
NudeNArizona #10

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:04/03/2017 11:05:35Copy HTML

 When We lived in Hawaii on Oahu, we would go up to the north shore near dillingham airfield almost every weekend and my wife was always topless with a G-string on at most.  Once we were confronted by the police and I was wearing a Nude colored baggie and my wife had on he c-string bottom and they initially approached us while we were laying face down thinking we were nude but when we turned over and we were covered they just smiled and said enjoy your day and walked on.
thongwh0re #11

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:05/26/2018 06:59:26Copy HTML

My girlfriend tans topless at the beach all the time.  As long as there isn't any lewd activities going on, topless tanning isn't illegal.
jn9195 #12

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:06/17/2018 01:45:59Copy HTML

 I haven't even seen a woman wear a thong or g-string during my four different visits to Ala Moana Beach.   I have seen a few thongs in Hawaii, but they were almost the cheeky bikinis.  I wore a thong and was harassed more in Honolulu than anywhere else.   It was very disappointing.
ithongit #13

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:06/17/2018 08:24:06Copy HTML

 Reminder -- Just because something is not illegal, does not mean it is popular.  I have visited places where topfreedom as well as thongs were legal and gotten the cold shoulder or worse.  One thing I can say is that you never know how people will react until they react.  My boyfriends have it even harder than I do.  We have gone places where thonging is not known to be popular or where it is actually illegal, and not had any issues with others.  We have also gone to places where thongs are reported to be legal (as well as topfreedom) and others report acceptance or even support, and have gotten harassed. 
thongalactic #14

Re:No law bans women from going topless in Honolulu

Date Posted:07/07/2018 06:31:10Copy HTML

 @jn9195, for women, Hawaii is the thong capital of the U.S. It's where the cheeky, thong trend (re)started 10 years ago. A supermajority of young women wear this style. You just have to get off the tourist beaches like Waikiki and Ala Moana. Tourists from mainland U.S. will usually wear more conservative styles. But, no, you won't see super-skimpy thongs or g-strings on women or thongs on men. For men, it's still very much about long board shorts. 
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