Hawaii bill on copter tour noise fails, but resolutions pass

HILO, Hawaii — A bill that would have required the state Department of Health to conduct a study on the impact of aviation noise on Hawaii residents passed the Senate, but didn’t get a reading in the House Finance Committee.

State Sen. Russell Ruderman introduced the bill in response to Puna residents’ calls for regulation of helicopter tours headed to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, West Hawaii Today reported Sunday.

The Senate and House did, however, pass a resolution requesting the Federal Aviation Administration to complete air tour management plans for national parks in Hawaii. The resolution also asks tour companies to limit flights to daylight hours.

The Senate Committee on Government Operations passed a House concurrent resolution. The resolution requires approval in the House and Senate. It will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote.

The Democrat Ruderman said he is disappointed that the Legislature settled for resolutions instead of passing the bill. He said he might introduce another measure next year.

“I won’t be giving up on the issue,” he said. “It’s a huge issue for my district.”


Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

  1. kauaiboy April 24, 2018 7:58 am Reply

    I empathize with Puna residents who are impacted by tourist helicopters repeatedly flying overhead. Excess noise is unhealthy and invasive. Same things with neighbors who think it is their right to invade other people’s property with loud noise, especially amplified “music”. My malahini trust-fund neighbor seems to enjoy harassing us with drug-fueled “house music” with a bass beat so loud that it seems the leaves on our tree are shaking. Repeated calls to the police have not resulted in any meaningful action. as this character has some way of knowing that police are on the way and lowers the noise until they are gone, the cranks it up again. Police should be empowered to arrive clandestinely and to cite characters like this with disturbing the peace.

  2. Geckoman April 24, 2018 4:34 pm Reply

    Kauaiboy, get a video of your high-quality neighbor’s noise and get at least one other neighbor to complain, to push the ignorant cops to enforce the noise ordinance.

  3. Steve Martin April 24, 2018 8:30 pm Reply

    Kauai is changing rapidly. I remember when it was extremely rare to hear of problems with people and their actions. Now the island is choked with AH’s who are in their own world of thinking and the worst part they express no thought what so ever of respect for one another and especially their neighbors

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