North Shore food truck hub raising concerns

North Shore food truck hub raising concerns

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In 2014, a company called bought a three-acre parcel across from Shark's Cove.

Back then, there were two food trucks on the property. Now, there are eight.

"We're trying to keep this country and very low impact," Hanapohaku owner Cully Judd said.

The three-acre site is divided into three sections. The city granted Hanapohaku a special management area permit for each.

"We're not doing any big development here," Judd said. "It's a simple thing. it's just basically food trucks. We're not pouring concrete."

But marine sanctuary watchdog group Malama Pupuke-Waimea and others on the North Shore are demanding the city revoke the permits. They want city Department of Planning and Permitting to require the landowner to apply for a single permit that calls for public hearings, traffic studies, and an environmental assessment.

"Our community isn't naive," resident Bob Leinau said. "A lot of people have relied very heavily on process out here to try and keep the North Shore a rural rustic place."

The land sits adjacent to a private road. Judd owns a part of it, but other owners complain food truck customers clog their street with parked cars and tour buses drop off customers outside their homes.

"The things that they're not happy about I understand,"  said Kevin Sutavee, who serves Thai food out of The Elephant Truck. "But we can definitely work together to find the solution. It doesn't have to go in this way."

The food truck vendors said before they moved in and cleaned up, the property was a dumping ground, homeless haven and drug den.

"The property is 10 times cleaner. The junkyard on this property that once was is now gone," food truck proprietor Liam McNamara said.

But Leinau insists those who are asking the city to rescind the permits aren't against the food trucks.

They believe the three parcels function as one no matter what the developer says.

"What they have done is they have irritated a lot of people," Leinau said. "There is a lot of tolerance out here but at some point there is a line and we feel they are over that line."

Judd said he wants to put in more customer parking on the property and add other businesses.

There is also concern that wastewater runoff could make it into Shark's Cove.

Judd said his company is being proactive.

"We're putting in the best water treatment system money can buy. Nobody else is doing this around here," he said.

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