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VIDEO: Hilo Farmers Market New Look

Despite county orders to the owners of the Hilo Farmers Market to take down their tarps and tents or face a $4,000 fine per day for being in operation, Big Island vendors are continuing to support the market location. Many have already begun to sell their goods again in their own private pop-up tents.

New look to Hilo Farmers Market.

Many residents on the Big Island were shocked to learn that the Hilo Farmers Market was forced to take down their tarps and tents that have been a Hilo mainstay for over 30 years.

Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim said that he had tried to work with the market over the years, but finally, the county had to shut the location down and on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Poles and tarps were removed.

Vendors were upset with the short notice given to them; however, many have gotten over the shock of the idea of not having a permanent tent and have already gotten use to using their own 10-by-10-foot pop-up tents.

Hilo Farmers Market.

While the vendors can set up any day of the week, the market has traditionally enjoyed its largest crowds on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Big Island Now walked through a part of the market on Tuesday, March 27, 2018:

HAWAI'I ISLAND: Hilo Farmers Market has a new look. More information on #BigIslandNow

Posted by BigIslandNow.com on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Residents Quack Over New Tour Operation

Big Island Duck Boat. PC: http://bigislandduck.com/

Big Island Duck Adventures, which had been operating tours out of the west side of the island, has been spotted taking tourists on the streets of Hilo and operating in Hilo Bay.

Community members voiced their concerns over the new tour operation working out of Hilo Bay at a meeting held at the Pu‘ueo Community Center in Hilo on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 1 p.m.

The meeting was hosted by the Kuikahi Mediation Center and Julie Mitchell facilitated the discussion. The main purpose of the meeting was to share information with and receive input from the community.

About a dozen attendees showed up to voice their concerns.

Ocean users in general who did not support the idea of the “Duck Boat” were the majority of those who attended.

Some of the issues and concerns that were discussed were the Saturday canoe races, pollution, routes, permits, the tour narration and problems that residents could foresee happening.

Hilo Resident Cory Harden stated, “I don’t want duck boats at Bayfront, in the Wailoa River or pond, or near any of our beaches. These are meant to be peaceful places with no noisy motors or large vessels—just people like paddlers, kayakers, paddle boarders, fishers and swimmers, there to relax and refresh their spirits.”

In 2010, a duck boat tour operation on O‘ahu was suspended for a time after boat exploded.

In 2015, four students were killed and dozens injured in Seattle in a duck boat accident.