Haleiwa Farmers’ Market given ‘notice to vacate’
HALEIWA (HawaiiNewsNow) – A popular outdoor Sunday event on Oahu’s North Shore is in jeopardy after the state issued a notice to vacate to the operators and owners of the Haleiwa Farmers’ Market.
The market has been an icon in the community since it started back in 2009. Recently, the issue of where the market operates has drawn some controversy.
The Department of Transportation says the 2.5 acres of land at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and J.P. Leong Highway is technically a highway right of way, and is zoned for agricultural use, not for doing business.
According to the DOT, that puts the state at risk for possible lawsuits if something should happen at the market.
“I really want to stress that we’ve been working with these people, I mean we’ve really been working hard with them trying to figure everything out,” DOT spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl said. “We haven’t been charging them rent. Once again, we support the effort.”
The owners said they’re shocked and confused by the state’s response and add that they felt they met all the conditions of an annual lease.