Best Farmers' Markets in Hawaii
Although there are exceptions, the People's Open Market dominates farmers' markets on Oahu. Others include the Saturday Farmers' Market at Kapiolani Community College on Diamond Head Road in Honolulu,Thursday Kailua Farmers' Market at Kailua Square Shopping Center,Restaurant Row Farmers' Market right on Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu (buy produce after you eat a restaurant meal!),Waikiki Farmers' Market at the Waikiki Community Center, and theNorth Shore Country Market at Sunset in Haleiwa. The Hawaii Farm Bureau (whfbf.org/markets) has information and weekly tip sheets about farmers' markets on O'ahu.
Exotic oddities and fresh organic produce are wowing attendees of the Ono Organic Farms farmers' market near Hasegawa General store in Hana, where you can taste from durian to star apple to egg fruit. Maui Swap Meet on Kahului Beach Road at Maui Community College is a great way to spend your Saturday. Peruse coconuts sliced open for you by a machete-wielding Tongan, banana bread just out of the oven, and much more. There are plenty of crafts as well.The Upcountry Farmers' Market, near the Longs Drug Center in Pukalani, sells wonderful local produce every Saturday morning.
Those just heading back to the condo from the beach on Saturday morning will want to make leisurely pit stops at Maui farmers' markets in Kihei (on Lipoa Street) andHonokowai (at Hawaiian Motors parking lot).
Each Hawaiian Island has its own flavor when it comes to farmers' markets. Because of its vast size, the Big Island even boasts specialties from its various regions. For instance, those who shop at Naalehu Farmers' Market, in front of Ace Hardware at South Point, will find the best local Kau oranges.
Head to Hilo Farmers' Market on the corner of Kamehemeha Avenue and Mamo Street along with Keaau Village Farmers' Market on Old Volcano Road and you'll get the ripest and most colorful papaya displayed at the state's lowest prices, along with jams, salsas, and an incredible variety of Asian street-food treats and gorgeous local flowers.
Kailua Village Farmers' Market, at the corner of Alii Drive and Hualalai Road, has produce, macadamia nuts and, of course, Kona coffee. For a taste of things "hippie" and "New Age," Pahoa Village Farmers' Market in eccentric Pahoa can't be beat. On Saturday morning The Hawaiian Homesteaders Association Farmers' Market is a lively stop if you're in Waimea.
Sunshine Markets almost has a monopoly on Kauai with weekly displays all over the island. Luckily, the selection is good and the produce is quality.Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Elepaio Road in Kekaha is just one of six produced by Sunshine Markets. Others includeKalaheo Neighborhood Center on Papalina Road in Kalaheo,Kapaa New Town Park on Kahau Road in Kapaa, Kilauea Neighborhood Center off Lighthouse Road in Kilauea,Koloa Ball Park on Maluhia Road in Koloa, andVidinha Stadium in Lihue.
The independent Kauai Community Market thrives on the campus of the local community college across from Grove Farm.
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