HONOLULU, HI - The public will have the chance to give input on rules for city permits allowing food trucks to operate in the Hawaii Capital Special District at a meeting on April 24.
The public meeting, being held by the city departments of Transportation Services and Enterprise Services, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Hearings Room on South King Street next to Honolulu Hale.
The departments are coming up with rules to allow food truck vendors to bid for an as-yet-unspecified number of food truck permits allowing them to park in designated stalls in the district.
Other food trucks would not be allowed in the district during the two-year pilot program which was triggered by the approval of City Council Bill 1.
A second public hearing and comment period will occur after draft rules are produced.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell allowed the bill to become law without his signature, noting that food trucks did not provide input about the idea until after it was passed. Caldwell said the subsequent comments were largely negative.
Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he introduced the bill to make the process more equitable and provide the city with a small stream of income. Food truck vendors themselves suggested the permitting system, and that such a system not allow trucks without permits in the same vicinity.
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Coming in at number eighteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Honolulu, HI.
Food trucks have been part of the food landscape in Hawaii for generations, usually serving the standard fare of two scoops of rice, pasta salad and some kind of gravy-based main dish. But the popularity and variety of food trucks are growing. As culturally diverse as it is breathtakingly scenic, the tropical paradise of Honolulu is finally one the country’s top cities to open a food truck.
Two years ago if you were a food truck vendor in Honolulu you most likely faced fines, jail sentences and criminal records for selling food from your truck. After a long battle with city hall, food trucks were able to hit the streets in Honolulu legally in April of last year. Since then, the industry has been growing on par with some of the other big food truck towns on the mainland.
With all of the legal shenanigans over, Honolulu provides mobile food entrepreneurs with an active business community that supports businesses of all sizes.
Honolulu is the gateway to the islands’ large industry…tourism; which brings millions of visitors and contributes $10 billion annually to the local economy. 2014 projections also show growth in both population and household incomes which bodes well for anyone looking to sell quick service and delicious food.
Honolulu offers a dynamic dining scene unlike anywhere else in the world and comparable to cities much, much larger. And last but not least, the weather in Honolulu provides mobile food vendors with yearlong access to potential customers.
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