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, Kailua Town Farmers' Market on Thursday morning in the parking lot of the Kailua District Park at 21 South Kainalu Drive and another on Thursday evening at the Kailua Town Center Parking Garage at 609 Kailua Rd, Kakaako Farmers’ Market, held at Ward Warehouse, and the North Shore Country Market in Haleiwa. The Hawaii Farm Bureau (hfbf.org/markets) has information and weekly tip sheets about farmers' markets on Oahu. The Oahu Visitors Bureau site (www.gohawaii.com/oahu) also has good information.
Exotic oddities and fresh organic produce delight attendees of the Ono Organic Farms farmers' market on Monday and Thursday near Hasegawa General Store in Hana, where you can taste such items as durian, star apple, and egg fruit. Maui Swap Meet at the University of Hawaii Maui College is a great place to spend your Saturday. Peruse coconuts sliced open for you by a machete-wielding Tongan, banana bread just out of the oven, and 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. Kula Country Farms (on Kula Highway across from Rice Park) boasts 100% local produce from as many as 50 local farmers. Those heading back to the condo from the beach on Saturday morning should make a pit stop at the farmers' markets in Kihei (on Lipoa Street). On the west side, the Farmers’ Market of Maui-Honokowai is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning in the Hawaiian Motors parking lot.
Each Hawaiian island has its own flavor when it comes to farmers' markets. Because of its vast size, Big Island boasts specialties from its various regions in its farmers' markets. For instance, those who shop at Kau Farmers' Market, in front of Ace Hardware at South Point, will find the best local Kau oranges.
Head to Hilo’s Farmers' Market on the corner of Kamehemeha Avenue and Mamo Street along with Keaau Village Market on Old Volcano Road and you'll discover the ripest and most colorful papaya at the state's lowest prices, along with jams, salsas, and an incredible variety of Asian street-food treats and gorgeous local flowers.
Kona Farmers' Market, at the corner of Alii Drive and Hualalai Road, has produce, macadamia nuts, and, of course, Kona coffee. For a taste of all things "hippie" and "New Age," Pahoa Village Farmers' Market in eccentric Pahoa can't be beat. On Saturday morning the Waimea Homestead Farmers' Market is a lively stop if you're in Waimea.
Sunshine Markets has a near-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 include Kalaheo 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, and Vidinha Stadium in Lihue.
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