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Waikīkī may take away noise amplifiers from street performers

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In this May 5, 2012 photo, the moon lights up Waikiki and Diamond Head in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

The Honolulu City Council will introduce a new bill tomorrow that regulates the use of amplifiers in Waikīkī.

Council Chair Tommy Waters, who represents the Waikīkī area, says his office receives dozens of noise complaints from residents every day for street performers using amps.

He is waiting for input from the state Department of Health to set a specific decibel level.

"One of the things we put in the bill is called a 'captive audience' doctrine — where you have a right to speak and a First Amendment right to free speech, but people who live there should have the right not to listen as well," he said.

"We want to limit amplified sound in Waikīkī so you can still sing and do your thing, but you just can’t use an amplifier," Waters said.

Bill 43 will be introduced for its first reading in front of the full City Council on Wednesday.

To submit a written or oral testimony, visit honolulu.gov/council.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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