New rules affect Kahuku Farm Stand sales

New rules affect Kahuku Farm Stand sales

KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New rules are rattling farmers on Oahu's North Shore. Families who sell their products at a roadside stand in Kahuku are upset that they can no longer cash in on some of their top sellers, but their landlord said the restrictions are in place to follow existing laws.

Tourists and locals have shopped at the Kahuku Land Farm Stand along Kamehameha Highway for about 8 years.

"It's one of the places we always want to come back to. It's all fresh. It's clean. It's Hawaii for me," said San Diego visitor John Chahine.

"I was looking for the lumpia, banana lumpia. I always come here for the lumpia. It's fast, cheap, and we can get it and go and leave," said Wahiawa resident Alexis San Nicolas.

But lumpia, fresh coconut drinks, bags of cut fruits, and banana bread can't be sold anymore because of new rules from Turtle Bay Resort. None of the farmers wanted to be interviewed on camera, but some estimated they would lose 70% of their business.

"They could have been making money on lumpias and fruits. Plus, too, with all the tourists, if they want to come, they want to try it, it's already cut for them," said San Nicolas.

"We feel really bad about that in the sense that I know that's something that they've been able to rely on for income, but at the same time same time, all of us are required to comply with the laws," said Scott McCormack, vice president of real estate for Turtle Bay Resort.

The new regulations are tied to finalizing a conservation easement for 469 acres of land mauka of Kamehameha Highway, according to McCormack. The agreement will ensure the property is only used for agricultural purposes. McCormack said under the deal, the farming practices and sales at the stand need to follow city and state laws covering issues such as food safety.

The vendors are also facing another change. The resort will start charging $200 each week for rent to help spruce up the stand.

"It definitely needs to be cleaned up. It definitely needs a paint job. We wanted to create some additional stands so we could offer it to more of our farmers," explained McCormack.

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