On June 2, the Hanalei Farmers Market was ended suddenly with no advance notice to the 56 vendors who depend on it to make a living. The leaders of Hale Halawai, the non-profit organization that runs the market, say the closure is due to "unresolved parking and permit issues." They also said they were threatened with a lawsuit by unnamed individuals in the community.
The closure of this marketplace would be debilitating for the people who share their locally-made treasures there: farmers, artisans, food vendors, and experts on Hawaiian culture. Consequently, these locals would have less income to put back into the community, creating ripple effects for everyone.
The Hanalei Farmers Market is a blessing to our island. It must be saved.
To preserve the Hanalei Farmers Market and its invaluable contribution to the island of Kauai, the county would need to take the following steps:1) Expedite the amendment of the current Special Use Permit and any other permits needed to enable the market to resume operations immediately. 2) Allow market guests to park in a designated area at nearby Waioli Park.
3) Keep the market open until these matters are resolved.
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–Hanalei Farmers Market
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