November 24, 2020
Until the pandemic, my East Honolulu neighborhood experienced loud invasions of helicopter noise on a daily, even hourly, basis. It is more than just a nuisance. It negatively impacts our quality of life, afflicting our health with undue stress, disrupting our sleep and depriving us the right to the quiet enjoyment of our homes. If I had neighbors as noisy as the helicopters who fly incessantly overhead, I could ask HPD for help. I’ve called the FAA to report noisy helicopters as late as 11 pm, as early as 4 am, and numerous times in-between without relief. Is it fair that residents have to suffer endlessly while the helicopter industry suffers no consequences? Prohibiting all commercial flights of tour helicopters and small commercial aircraft over our residential neighborhoods is not just a noise issue, it’s a safety issue. Over the past 40 years, there have been more than 60 crashes in Hawai‘i, nearly 20 with fatalities. In total, over 50 passengers and 11 pilots have died, with helicopters crashing into not just airstrips, but downtown and our homes. Mahalo for your kōkua in making Hawai‘i better safer and more livable for residents.