I live in a two story apartment building in Makiki, just above Lunalilo and Piikoi. You would think that my biggest noise complaint would be the freeway and the cars in the neighborhood headed to the freeway, but it isn't.
My biggest noise complaint is my neighbors. I have two neighbors in my building who test the boundaries of their eardrums daily with music, tv and speaking. I also have neighbors in the building behind me who think that the 10pm cutoff is a joke, and will happily play their tv very late into the night, no matter what day.
Most of the information provided on the website is very good, but I haven't seen much in how to deal with people being noisy in their own homes. Do you have any tips that could help my situation?
Quieter O'ahu Response:
We hear of noise neighbors a lot. Really, a LOT.
Here is a link to the current O'ahu Noise Reference Manual. http://health.hawaii.gov/irhb/files/2017/08/noiserefoahu.pdf At page 12 there is a paragraph discussing options for noisy neighbors. The most common option we hear of is to call HPD at 911 and file a noisy neighbor report. You can tell the operator that you do not want your name or address mentioned to the noisy neighbor by the responding officer. The operator will dispatch a patrol to investigate and, if found to be "out-of-bounds" noise, they will usually issue a warning. If they are called multiple times to the same address and the noise hasn't been quieted they may issue a citation. Unless you are on very good terms with your neighbor, we always recommend that you do not confront them directly, but let HPD do that instead.