During the past six months, my staff and I have received more complaints about excessive noise on Chinatown streets, sometimes from street festivals, from the recent traditional New Year’s blessing and fireworks on February 9, 208, or from activities associated with special event permits.
After the February 13, 2018 Mardi Gras event, complaints arose from placement of multiple speakers and an entertainment stage immediately at the corner of Nuuanu/Hotel Street, which is located immediately under Chinatown Gateway Plaza’s 260 apartment units. Even the layout of Hallow- baloo event activities, which reflected a well thought-out festival plan, show that entertainment stages and related activities for most of these events are designed to draw patrons into the Hotel/ Nuuanu neighborhood of bars and restaurants, which are clustered in close proximity to this residential housing complex.
Based on complaints over excessively loud music and related disturbances, I submitted testimony urging stricter enforcement of noise levels/liquor sales in February and March 2018. Attached
is a copy of my testimony to the Honolulu Liquor Commission for the April 2018 First Friday event, which sought a permit for the period 7:00 PM to midnight. The Commission granted the permit for the First Friday event, provided that liquor sales are halted at 10:00 PM. Please note that complaints over excessive noise and other violations must be filed with the Honolulu Liquor Commission to document specific problems that are being complained of.
I requested an inventory of complaints from Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Liquor Commission and the Department of Customer Services complaint line regarding the complaints raised during the January-February 2018 time frame.
The agencies responded that only one complaint had been made about the February 13, 2018 Mardi Gras event, and no complaints were received for the February 9, 2018 Chinese New Year traditional lion dances along Maunakea Street. This means that all other complaints and photos sent by email to Liquor Commission, Dept. of Transportation Services and HPD representatives are not being recorded or documented.