After this past month’s Mardi Gras celebration on “Fat Tuesday,” my staff and I received complaints about excessively loud noise levels from either a DJ booth on the street or from the Hank’s Cafe premises. We learned that almost no advance notice of this week night street festival had been provided to abutting residents. Pre-event notice of the festival was presented to Neighborhood Board #13 during the “Public Concerns” portion of the February 1, 2018 agenda, which meant that NB members could not take any actions regarding the event. Nearby residents were also precluded from attending the meeting to raise questions or concerns.
I therefore submitted testimony to Honolulu Liquor Commission opposing the withdrawal of the request associated with the Mardi Gras festival – joining with area residents and businesses who raised objections to the manner in which neighbors had been apprised of this event, and the manner in which music and entertainment was scheduled. On February 22nd, the Honolulu Liquor Commission denied the request for withdrawal of the extension of premises associated with this year’s Mardi Gras festival.