Hawaiian Lunch Wagon Crackdown
HONOLULU, HI - The latest food craze sweeping the nation has also taken off here in Hawaii.
Gourmet lunch trucks can be found on streets across town but many lunch wagon owners say they could be forced out of business because of an out of date law.
Lunch wagons in Hawaii have long been known as a quick and easy way to grab something delicious to eat.
“We are really trying to be enterprising in an economy that’s down and we are trying to create work for ourselves,” said Camille Komine, Camille’s On Wheels.
Former television set decorator and food stylist Camille Komine took her culinary skills to the streets a year ago and has received national acclaim for her fusion tacos and homemade pies. But recently Camille along with several others say their future has become uncertain.
Recently Honolulu Police officers started enforcing a city ordinance, originally written in 1978, that states “It is unlawful for any itinerant vendor… to carry on or solicit business in one location on any street or on any public highway for a period of more than 15 minutes.”
“It has put at least one vendor out of business because he can’t set up in 15 minutes,” said Komine.
The citation comes with a fine of $500 per person and up to 30 days in jail and has lunch truck operators driving scared.
“It doesn’t allow a food truck to operate in any capacity,” said Joe Twarowski, Chicago Eatz.
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