Having a real problem with basketball hoop set up by the street with lots of balls reverberating on the pavement / against the backboard. Got to think this is unlawful ?!
Further, if this hoop is moved to my next door neighbors driveway directly by our house, what recourse do we have for maybe this louder noise ?
Quieter O'ahu Response:
Your problem, regrettably, falls into the category of "Noisy Neighbors." We've had reports of neighbors doing everything from loud stereos in the middle of the night, to setting off illegal fireworks throughout the evenings, to gas-powered landscaping equipment running full-out in the very early morning. And did I mention roosters, dogs, and other animal noises? We know. It's bad and it's loud.
Here's a link to our website where you'll find the O'ahu Noise Reference Manual.
At page 12 it discusses options for Noisy Neighbors. Essentially there are three: 1) if you have a good dialogue with your neighbor, discuss the problem and attempt to resolve; 2) call HPD and an officer will make a "subjective" determination of the problem; and 3) contact the Pacific Mediation Center who will intervene to bring parties together to attempt to resolve the problem. Following is the website for the Mediation Center where it discusses their services. We have had several reports of positive outcomes by using their services.
We're on a small island and our living conditions are much more congested than many other places. We all need to understand this and let it guide our actions where the possibility of disturbing the quality of life of another person is concerned.
We'll post your comment to our Noise Blog for the benefit of others. As requested, we have also added you to our distribution.