Sure, you’ve sampled the wedge of pineapple sitting prettily atop your umbrella drink. But if you want to truly taste the flavor of the islands, your best bet is to get yourself to one of the ongoing farmers markets in Hawaii. While papaya and bananas are a year round staple, you might be surprised that most of the other tropical fruits grown here do have a season. Lychee, mango, and luscious white pineapple are available in the summer months, while avocados are more abundant during winter months. Some of Hawaii's best farmers markets are listed below.
Haleiwa Farmers Market – Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm, this North Shore market prides itself on being green. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags and there are often educational demonstrations about eco-friendly living. Budget accommodations are limited in this area, but the Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (with full kitchens) are nearby. If you’re based in Waikiki or Honolulu, the North Shore is a worthwhile day trip - this is the area that plays host to the big surf wave competitions.
Honolulu Farmers Market – On Wednesdays from 4-7pm the Neal Blaisdell Center Concert Hall Lawn sells fresh fruit along with plenty of local-style food. Consider staying for dinner and local music. If you’re staying at nearby hotels like the Equus or Ilikai, you’ll be just a mile or so from the market.
KCC Farmers Market – Located at Kapiolani Community College, this market is open every Saturday from 7:30-11am. Try local produce like apple bananas or papayas, treat yourself to fresh flowers for your room, and sample local dairy products. Save room for breakfast!
Farmers Market and Craft Fair: The Maui Mall in Kahului hosts a Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am-5pm. Located across from Kahului Harbor, the market is about ten miles from hotels in the Kihei and Lahaina area.
~ Kris Bordessa of Honolulu On The Cheap and Big Island On The Cheap
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