Sadly, very little.
Politicians, as a whole, continue to march to the drum of businesses who contribute to their campaign coffers. So it appears no champion will arise soon to take on the problem of those businesses who illegally modify cars, trucks, and motorcycles with after-market exhaust systems designed for only one purpose - to increase noise, or those who sell the incredibly loud - deafening in true fact - stereo amplifiers and speakers.
Other politicians, perhaps well-meaning, appear to be oblivious to the fact there is a noise problem on O'ahu and throughout the state. Why else would we see legislation like that proposed by Tulsi Gabbard seeking to EXTEND the distance that noise can be heard without it being an offense. Notwithstanding that HPD simply refuses to enforce the current 30-foot rule (ROH 41-31.1 Prohibited Noises), Ms. Gabbard would extend the permissible distance to 100 feet. So if you're one of thousands of homesowners that front or back-up to highways, this translantes to Ms. Gabbard saying it's perfectly Okay for those "Boom Cars" to blast their stereo noise not just into your front or backyards, but into every room in your house. Thanks, Ms. Gabbard, perhaps we can return the favor! Others like Stanley Chang WHO RAN ON THE ISSUE OF REDUCING NOISE simply haven't found the time to make good on campaign pledges. What a surprise, though. A politician who doesn't do what he promised to do. We should all be shocked (right!).
If you would like to help change the political dynamic, please take the time to send us a note using the "Contact A Quieter O'ahu" form under "more...." on the menu bar. We collect names and email addresses for the purpose of letting our politicians know that there are hundreds (hopefully to become thousands) of folks on O'ahu who have simply "Had Enough" of the unending noise that's so destructive to our quality of life.
And at anytime and for any reason, drop a note. It's good to hear from you!