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Linda Pirri

December 10, 2020

Aloha,

You all know about the noise issues in Volcano on the east side of the island but what about the west coast of Hawaii Island? We have lived in peace for seven months during Covid shutdown but the flyovers are starting up again.

Since so many kamaina have talked and written about their situations and you are all well aware of them my point is:

Taxpayers who are victims of helicopter nuisance noise and endangerment SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH MONTHS OF PLEADING, ARGUING AND REPORTING THE PROBLEM. WE SHOULD NOT BE THE SIDESHOW FOR HELICOPTER TOURS AND OUR PEACEFUL LIVES BE THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF HELICOPTER TOUR OPERATORS WHO FLAGRANTLY FLYOVER OUR HOMES FOR PROFIT. WE NEED LEGISLATORS , FAA AND LEGISLATION FOR PROTECTION.

My story (and I will try to be brief) is about how difficult it has been for us as homeowners here to try to stop flyovers of our homes along the Kohala Coast, Waimea and Waikaloa Village and nearby coastline beach parks. I have sent many emails to Paradise Helicopters. I also wrote extensively and repeatedly to (The currently defunct?) Hawaii Helicopter Association administrator Ina Legins and reported to Plane Noise.

I am a ten year full time resident at Mauna Lani Resort. Flyovers have been problem for years but in June 2018 during the eruption our homes were flown over as if we were a war zone. . Low flying, noisy helicopters flew over hourly, seven days a week (7 am to 7 pm) over our hones on their way to the eruption for several months. It became less intense after the eruption but continued until we finally got them to bear off. But flyovers are starting up again with Paradise and other operators as the island returns to tourism.

Myself and other activists, have spent many hours trying to get in touch with various tour operators and learn about reporting agencies. Blue Hawaiian and Tropical were responsive and cooperative but they were not the culprit in our case at Mauna Lani. It turned out to be the extremely powerful Bell 407 helicopters of Cal Dorner and his company Paradise Helicopters. It took MONTHS, many calls and emails to finally get in touch management. They just didn’t care. I was literally seeing close up the shiny dark gray belly of their helicopter above my home. At that time they flew low and loud. It was like a war zone with the approaching noise. After months of pleading with management they FINALLY detoured their flights slightly north or south of us but still flew along the coast over public beach parks and hotels. The noise is still very audible from a mile away.

You know the story, its like so many of us have about this huge disturbance of our peace as well as our personal safety and the danger of an accident.

ITS NOT RIGHT and things need to change! Years go by, meetings etc but nothing really seems to be done for us.

Sincerely,

Linda Pirri
North Kaniku Drive
Mauna Lani Resort
Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island

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