Would appreciate adding the health impacts due to the excessive noise on your webpage. There is significant research available of the health impacts of this excessive noise in our community. I appreciate your website on identifying the problems and the lack of enforcement, but we need to educate the law makers the real impacts of this craziness. Mental health, blood pressure and heart disease are a few impacts.
I don't appreciate the unpermitted drag racing down Kalakaua in the middle of the night and the landscape grinders who start work at 7am. You regulate leaf blowers in residential neighborhoods with time limit of 8am, but don't regulate the large grinders who impact a larger number of residents before 8am? We've created camera's for speed traps across the nation, someone needs to integrate into this design a DB readout as a way to identify the numerous abusers who like to announce their unwanted presence.
Looking forward to getting home to our quiet neighborhood to get a restful sleep.
Quieter O'ahu Response:
Mahalo for your note.
We try to provide educational material that focuses on the adverse impact of noise on health. On our Home Page we feature a 10 minute TedMed video entitled "The Effects Of Noise On Health - And What You Can Do About It (From TEDMED Talks)." We felt it was the most representative video on the topic that was available at the time, and from a respected source. If you have another source, we would be happy to review and possibly update our current video. Similarly, we try to identify relevant articles on the topic and provide links to those articles. This is also on our Home Page.
With that said, that you didn't notice the video tells us something. So we have re-worked our home page to give the video greater prominence by moving it to the top of our Home Page and providing additional highlighting. We hope this helps to get the message out about the effect of noise on health and quality of life.
You make additional great points about things that are needed to begin mitigating some of the more egregious noise that we all encounter day to day. And we, and many others who subscribe to our site, have sent literally hundreds - probably thousands - of emails to legislators from City Council, to Legislature, Office of the Mayor, Office of the Governor, and HPD. What we have learned is that there are ample ordinances and statutes to combat the problem of noise, but we lack the will to ensure enforcement of these ordinances and statutes so the problem continues. Still, we continue to try to make a difference by keeping the community informed.
Again, Mahalo for your note. We will post to our Blog, without attribution, for the benefit of others.
A Quieter O'ahu