Owners of the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market will be allowed to hold their popular Sunday event until the end of the month.
Dan Meisenzahl, spokesman of the Department of Transportation, said they found some flexibility in the month-to-month permit to allow the farmer’s market to be held at the site at the junction of Kamehameha Highway and Joseph P. Leong Highway for the next three Sundays.
Market owners will need to find another site after the end of the month. "Our hands are tied legally," said Meisenzahl.
Market owners Pamela Boyar and Annie Suite met with Transportation Director Glenn Okimoto and Highways Administrator Alvin Takeshita earlier today at House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Clift Tsuji’s office.
Tsuji arranged the meeting to allow both parties to find a solution after market owners were ordered to vacate.
The transportation department sent a certified letter to market owners on April 5 to vacate citing a statute that prohibits vending from public highways.
Since the inception of the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market in April 2009, the state has allowed market owners to use the site rent-free in support of local farmers.