Making noise about night construction work

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Oct 09 2013 11:10:00 PM HST

Residents around Ala Moana Center respond to a request to allow night work by giving testimony in a meeting with developers.

HONOLULU -

Making noise about night construction work.

Residents around Ala Moana Center respond to a request, which would allow night construction work, by raising a racket about this major project impacts.

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Neighbors around the state's largest shopping center already know about daytime construction. Now they want to know what will go on at night.

"You have to put down for us. Tell us this is where we are going to be working, this is what we're doing and the amount of noise we think its going to create," said Ala Moana resident Ron Plumb.

Hawaii Dredging managers have asked for a variance, so the company can do some of the demolition and construction at night or early in the morning.
The change would allow them to do things like shutdown utilities after stores and shops close.

"We don't expect more than 20 utility shutdowns during the two year project, and those shutdowns won't last throughout the whole night," said Boyd Marumoto, with Hawaiian Dredging.

Hawaiian Dredging won't be allowed to use certain equipment at night, but the project could periodically exceed noise limits if the variance is approved.

"We do have plans to create a sound barrier with sound blankets to muffle the noise as much as possible," said Marumoto.

Some neighbors worry no matter what is agreed upon now, noise levels could end up keeping them up at night

"I've been here and heard this song and dance before. Sp many promises, so many times, but once they get the variance - it's a different story," said Dwayne Komine, the General Manager of Hokua.

Neighbors said they already deal with the dust from the demolition project during the day. They don't want to worry about noise and the light overnight as well.

"Are you going to have lights up for every project for the 2 year period? Basicallyit is going to be lit at night for a two year period," said Ala Moana resident Chris Sena.

Ala Moana Center representatives said while the night work will sometimes be inconvenient to neighbors, it is necessary. The night work could also reduce some of the daytime traffic as well as speed up construction. That in turn would reduce the time neighbors will have to listen to all the noise.

"That's why we're asking for the variance. We know we have to do this type of work. We can't get around it. It has to be done," said Marumoto.

All of the testimony from the Wednesday night meeting will go to Department of Health administrators. They can then deny or approve the variance, or even put restrictions on it.


They can also request another public hearing, to give residents another chance to get answers and voice their opinion.

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