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Dear Quieter Oahu,
I applaud your work on Quieter Oahu.
Also I would like to bring to your attention inaudible noise which can be much more dangerous to health. Unfortunately most people are not aware.
On 2009 our legislators revised the noise law and require noise enforcer utilize both dB(A) and dB(C) filters to measure noise. Both measurements shall not be over 50dB during the nighttime.
The law makers understood the nature of the noise: inaudible, low-frequency, vibrating subjects, travelling through thick walls, causing adverse health effects.
This kind of noise is similar to the noise generated by wind turbines which drives people to abandon their homes.
A few weeks ago a Honolulu noise control official performed a noise measurement in my home located in the Ala Moana area and found 54 dB(A) and 64 dB(C), 14dB above safe level. However the officer said there is nothing he can do to bring the noise down to the safe level.
I would appreciate if you help to investigate into the matter and bring this awareness to the general public.
Quieter O'ahu Response:
We are aware of the dangers to health of inaudible noise, although many are not, and appreciate your taking the time to drop us your email as a reminder. We are happy to publish your email in full on our Noise Blog, and will also provide a reference to our website where we discuss different ways of measuring noise, including the dB(c) measurements, and their meaning.
Please let us know if we can help in any other way.
Our Quieter O'ahu web page discussing how noise is measured can be found here. Please explore our website for other relevant information on the nature of noise and its effects on health.
Pollution Destroys Community Livability - A Letter From Steve Lohse To Civil Beat - Well Worth The Time To Read!
About Steve Lohse:
Steve Lohse is an environmental scientist with a background in political science, biology, and business.
He is a 20-year resident of Chinatown, a co-founder in 2006 of the Chinatown Gateway Plaza Tenant
Association (CGPTA), and an advocate for grassroots social-economic-environmental sustainability. He
is overly fond of saying, “Think Whole” and “Respect Cause and Effect.”
We are pleased to print his letter to Civil Beat in full.
Besides the motorcycles, mopeds, and loud muffled cars, one very irritating noise are the emergency vehicles. It seems they have boosted their sirens to extremely loud levels. On the street I have to cover my ears as the level of noise from these vehicles is outrages. I understand that they have to get sound out because most people have their windows rolled up, A/C on, and radios up loud, but there has to be a better way. Here in the Hobron Corridor we can hear the vehicles before they even cross the bridge from Ala Moana Park area.
Can't something be done about this?
Quieter O'ahu Response:
Thank you for your email.
You are not alone. This is a hot topic for the Waikiki Neighborhood Board and you may want to attend their monthly meetings and share your own thoughts with like-minded people in attendance.
Too, check out our Noise Blog for past postings we have made about this subject. I think you will find them informational and useful.
For your info, here is the schedule for the Waikiki Neighborhood Board meetings:
-Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9
-Meets 2d Tuesday of each month
-Meets at Waikiki Community Center, 310 Paoakalani Avenue at 7:00pm
We have added you to our email distribution list.
[There seeming are many] relatively new flight patterns over Oahu - all small aircraft and helos now fly over our house separated by minutes. [We live in Manoa.]
[How do I file a complaint about this and is there a group I can join] to fight and get pattern changed?
Quieter O'ahu Response:
Thank you for you email. We hear often from impassioned residents as yourself about the growing assault on our quality of life by low flying aircraft, and tour helicopters in particular.
We've added you to distribution for our aperiodic emails on noise and related issues. But to your specific issue, let me point you to our website at this address: https://www.quieteroahu.com/reporting-noise-violations.html
At that link you will find a link to the current O'ahu Noise Reference Manual. While inadequate in terms of explaining how to take action on aircraft issues, it at least provides contact information and explains the current process. Too, at the bottom of our linked page, you'll find info on a relatively new organization, Airnoise.io who has begun a program of identifying sources of aircraft noise and reporting them to the FAA. Problem: they do not at this time cover O'ahu. We recommend that you might want to engage with Airnoise.io and encourage them to extend their current program to cover O'ahu due to the many problems residents are experiencing with aircraft noise in our congested and already noisy environment. One more voice could be the tipping point.
Thank you again for your email. Without referencing your personal information we will post to our Noise Blog for the benefit of other visitors to our site.
Take The Time To Comment
Let us know what you think. Are you tired of the noise? Do you have ideas on how to combat the noise? Tell us about it.
Also, use the "Contact A Quieter O'ahu" form (under "About Us" on the menu bar) to let us hear from you. We continue to compile email addresses of those interested in reclaiming quiet for our island to inform of noise and related issues of interest. From time to time Quieter O'ahu may recommend contacting City Council or the Legislator to make your feelings known on a particular noise or related Bill.
TOGETHER we can affect positive change.