A petition seeks to force the city to enforce land use and coastal zone management laws designed to protect marine areas from overuse.
An encampment of food trucks and picnic tables with grass-thatch umbrellas, portable generators and views of picturesque Sharks Cove might seem like just the kind of funky dining spot people expect to find on Oahu’s bucolic North Shore.
But a neighborhood conservation group says the makeshift village at the edge of one of the state’s most protected marine areas has brought more than a cool vibe to Pupukea.
The critics say it’s caused increased traffic and pollution — and that the Honolulu government isn’t adequately enforcing the environmental and land use laws designed to protect the fragile coastal area.
The food truck village is located across Kamehameha Highway from Sharks Cove, near Foodland.
In a petition filed earlier this month with the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, the nonprofit organization Malama Pupukea-Waimea says the department erroneously granted a permit to allow the dining encampment and has let the landowner behind the project get away without paying fines.
Malama Pupukea-Waimea wants the planning department to require developer Hanapohaku to correct land use violations, pay outstanding fines and apply for the type of permit the owner needs to lawfully operate its food truck village in a specially protected area near the ocean.