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Hawaiians livid after Jason Momoa's new series shuts down farmers market

Wonderwall 11/29/2022 Mark Gray

Jason Momoa is getting blasted by locals on Hawaii's big island after it was announced that a local farmers market will be shut down for a few weekends due to his Apple TV+ production called "Chief of War."

To make matters worse, it seems that vendors of the local market will not get reimbursed for revenue lost during the filming. 

Jason Momoa © VICKIE FLORES/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Jason Momoa

The Kaimu Farmer's Market is only open on Saturdays, but TMZ said vendors were informed that the area will be occupied by film crews on consecutive Saturdays in December. 

The manager of the market claims that the production crew and property managers have kept vendors in the dark.

"We have not been in conversation with them at all as they are leasing the property from the property managers just as we lease the property for the Saturday market. We were told about 6 weeks ago that the property manager was not allowing us to hold the market on the 3rd of December and about 3 weeks ago informed us that we would not be using the property for the 3rd or the 10th. We were not given a choice," the manager said. "It hits us farmer's the worst because we now have no venue to sell eggs, for instance. The chickens keep laying whether we have a market or not."

Jason Momoa © Broadimage/Shutterstock Jason Momoa

The filming is angering locals who say much of their income comes from the market. Plus, December is a boon for vendors, as it's close to the holidays. 

Since the announcement, the market's Facebook page is getting filled with comments critical of the series and Jason, who is being dubbed "out of touch." One person wrote, "Thanks Jason for taking away our lively hood [sic] during the busiest time of the year."

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