There is little better than finding fresh fruits and vegetables in Hawaii. Unfortunately, because so much of the food produced in our beautiful state gets exported, the produce we find at grocery stores doesn’t often last too long, considering it has been shipped to the islands. Luckily for us, the Hawaiian Islands are home to some amazing produce farmers and even better farmers’ markets for us to enjoy, like these 15 stellar markets.
1. Hilo Farmers’ Market
Featuring more than 200 farmers and crafters that sell their produce, crafts, gift items and tropical flowers, the Hilo Farmers’ Market delivers the best deals around in a festive outdoor environment. Located at the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in historic downtown Hilo, the market is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the biggest days with the most vendors are Wednesday and Saturday.
2. KCC Farmers’ Market
This is one of the biggest farmers’ markets in Honolulu, and has even become well-known to tourists – you can see lines of busses dropping off tourists from Waikiki who are seeking out a little bit of local flair. Located across from the entrance to Diamond Head, this market is held every Saturday from 7:30 to 11 a.m., and Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., though Saturdays are by far the bigger event.
3. Hanalei Farmers’ Market
Kauai’s favorite market is held each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and features produce, food artisans, and handmade crafts. This market was even voted as one of the Top Five Farmers Markets in Hawaii Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
4. Makawao Farmers’ Market
Held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Makawao Farmers’ Market only showcases vendors that are 100 percent organic and GMO-free – so you can be confident known that your tropical fruits and produce are the best you can find on Maui.
5. Hawaiian Homestead Farmers’ Market
Open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon, the Hawaiian Homestead Farmers’ Market in Waimea can’t be passed up for fresh produce, eggs, meat, bread, plants, goat cheese, and some delicious prepared food as well.
6. Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market
Laid out outside Ward Warehouse mall, parking at the Kakaako Farmers’ Market is a breeze, and you can also check out some of the shops while you’re here as well. The market, which is held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, is less crowded, giving attendees more time to talk with the vendors.
7. Kapaa Farmers’ Market
This event is held each Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m., and is farmers’ only, and with nearly 100 farmers present, residents flock to this market to buy produce that was harvested that morning.
8. Napili Farmers’ Market
If you’re looking for all-local Maui produce, be sure to check out the Napili Farmers’ Market every Wednesday for 8 to 11 a.m. for the freshest produce around – from mango, pineapple and banana to coffee, locally-grown herbs, and even smoothies and juices made from that produce!
9. Haleiwa Farmers’ Market
Located in Waimea Valley, the Haleiwa Farmers’ Market is the perfect backdrop for a Thursday afternoon of shopping for produce and art. Oh, and there’s always live entertainment, arts and crafts activities for the little ones so you can shop in peace, and even a bar – possibly the only bar at an Oahu farmers’ market!
10. Volcano Village Farmers’ Market
In small town Hawaii, farmers’ markets are often considered to be social events – and the Volcano Village Farmers’ Market is no different. Every Sunday from 6:30 – 10 a.m., visit this charming market to pick up locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, as well fresh baked goods, and crafts – and don’t forget about the gossip.
11. Kauai Community Market
Held every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kauai Community College, this privately-run market hosts more than 100 vendors selling fruit, vegetables, plants, and a variety of prepared foods and dog biscuits – all made with Kauai produce.
12. Upcountry Farmers' Market
As Maui’s oldest living farmers’ Market, this weekly marketplace has been operating for more than 40 years at various locations – and is currently held every Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Kulamalu Town Center. Attendees can find a variety of locally-grown produce, fresh seafood, chilled coconuts, tropical flowers, local honey, breads, candles, gifts and much more.
13. Lipoa Street Farmers’ Market
Held in Kihei each Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., this south Maui farmers’ market is smaller, but visitors can easily find a plethora of locally-grown fruits and vegetables sourced from across the island, as well as fresh Wailea eggs.
14. Kailua Farmers’ Market
Part local get-together and part farmers’ market, this market places an emphasis on organic and vegan items, as well as some killer prepared food, and live entertainment. The market is held every Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
15. Koloa Farmers’ Market
Again, a market that features only farmers selling the freshest produce around, the Koloa Farmers’ Market is a popular for residents and visitors alike.