All day there has been an emcee and very loud music/concert...for hours. On the top floor (no roof) of the garage at International Marketplace on Kuhio Ave in Waikiki. It has been so intrustive and distracting. Even with my doors and windows closed (which I prefer not to do for several hours of afternoon and evening air and lanai sitting) I can hear the lyrics of the loud music and do not have quiet enjoyment in my unit. I understand that they are not breaking any rule about the time of night which they must stop playing, but is there any law or enforceable rule to prevent very loud p.a. system with music - such that it can be heard from blocks away? I love music and Waikiki is not a quiet zone but if this is a regular thing that they are going to do it seems very wrong and unfair to residents and even neighboring businesses where some may be enjoying a quiet dinner al fresco. It just does not seem necessary to make the music louder than what is appropriate for the attendees at the music event. Who can I call? How can I report grievance? Is a garage even approved zoning for a concert? Mahalos
Quieter O'ahu Response:
If this is a business establishment then jurisdiction for enforcement of noise standards should fall under "Industry Noise," which is the purview of the Dept of Health.
Complaints about industry noise should be directed to the Department of Health (Noise Section) at 586-4700. Suggest that among the topics you might discuss with them are:
1) What is the maximum allowable noise from a business at a fixed location during 1) daylight hours and 2) evening hours?
2) Was there a "Noise Permit" issued to this business on (provide date(s))?
3) How will the Dept of Health investigate this complaint?
You also have the ability to phone HPD when the noise is occurring and ask them to investigate, to include asking that they verify that the activity has the properly issued "Noise Waiver" from the Dept of Health. We haven't had a great deal of success with HPD, but occasionally they surprise us.
Here are links to Noise Levels by Zoning Type, and the "O'ahu Noise Reference Manual" on our website. It has contact numbers for reporting the various types of noise that you might encounter in the future.
Noise by Zoning: https://www.quieteroahu.com/the-quiet-you-are-entitled-to.html
Noise Reference Manual: https://www.quieteroahu.com/reporting-noise-violations.html