Legal owners may dispose of vehicles free of charge by completing a Junking Affidavit downloadable here or available at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Owners must surrender license plates and the certificate of title, along with the Junking Affidavit form at the DMV office.


A Waiver, Release, and Indemnity Agreement form is accepted if a Junking Affidavit cannot be obtained. Once license plates and titles are surrendered vehicles must be transported or towed to Puhi Metals Facility for recycling. Puhi Metals Facility is located at 3951 Puhi Road and is open Monday - Saturday 8 am to 4 pm; phone: (808) 245-6919. Puhi Metals will require a copy of the Junking Affidavit or Waiver, Release, and Indemnity form in order to accept the vehicle for recycling.

 The County cannot tow abandoned and derelict vehicles from PRIVATE PROPERTY.

If a vehicle is abandoned on private property it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove such vehicles (HRS, Ch. 290-11)

What is an Abandoned Vehicle?

  • Any vehicle left unattended for more than 24 hours on a public highway.
  • Any vehicle left unattended for a continuous period of more than  24 hours and is unlawfully parked on any public highway or other public property.

What is a Derelict Vehicle?

  • A vehicle is classified as derelict if major parts have been removed or material damage to the vehicle has rendered the vehicle inoperable.



How to report an Abandoned Vehicle:

Contact the non-emergency Police dispatch line at 241-1711. Information such as the make, color, vehicle description and address/location will be taken, and an investigation will be conducted. You may also contact the Abandoned Vehicle Coordinator directly at 241-1901.

What happens to Abandoned/Derelict Vehicles?

When a car is reported, the Police Department will place a notice on the vehicle stating that it must be removed within 24 hours or it will be towed.

  • If the vehicle is not removed from the site within 24 hours, the Police Department will then ticket the vehicle and it will be classified as either an Abandoned or Derelict Vehicle.
  • The Abandoned Vehicle Coordinator will be notified and will make necessary arrangements to have the vehicle towed to the Puhi Metals Recycling Center.

Reclaiming the Vehicle:

To reclaim a vehicle, the registered owner must pay all citations, towing and storage fees. Whether a vehicle is claimed or not, the registered owner will be responsible for all citations!