These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Hawaii For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Hawaii offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Hawaii? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Hawaii farmers markets:

  1. Maku’u Farmers Market, Pahoa, HI
  2. Makeke Kapolei, A Farmers’ & Green Market, Kapolei, HI
  3. Makeke Waianae, A Farmers’ & Green Market, Waianae, HI
  4. Waianae Farmers’ Market/makeke Waianae, Waianae, HI
  5. The South Kona Green Market, Captain Cook, HI
  6. Volcano Farmers Market, Volcano, HI
  7. Pearlridge Farmers Market, Aiea, HI
  8. Keauhou Farmers Market, Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI
  9. Hilo Farmers Market, Hilo, HI
  10. Farmers’ Market At Hamakua Harvest, Honokaa, HI

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the cheapest place to live in Hawaii.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Hawaii?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Hawaii, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Aloha State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Hawaii, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Maku’u Farmers Market

Maku'u Farmers Market -- Pahoa, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Pahoa, HI
Address: 15-2131 Keaau Pahoa Highway, Pahoa, HI 96778
Times: Sun: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Makeke Kapolei, A Farmers’ & Green Market

Makeke Kapolei, A Farmers' & Green Market -- Kapolei, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Kapolei, HI
Address: 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707
Times: Thu: 3:00 PM-6:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Makeke Waianae, A Farmers’ & Green Market

Makeke Waianae, A Farmers' & Green Market -- Waianae, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Waianae, HI
Address: 86-120 Farrington Highway, Waianae, HI 96792
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Waianae Farmers’ Market/makeke Waianae

Waianae Farmers' Market/makeke Waianae -- Waianae, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 62.9
City: Waianae, HI
Address: 86-120 Farrington Hwy., Waianae, HI 96792
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. The South Kona Green Market

The South Kona Green Market -- Captain Cook, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 62.9
City: Captain Cook, HI
Address: 82-6188 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook, HI 96704
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Volcano Farmers Market

Volcano Farmers Market -- Volcano, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Volcano, HI
Address: 14-4030 wright road, Volcano, HI 96785

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Pearlridge Farmers Market

Pearlridge Farmers Market -- Aiea, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: Aiea, HI
Address: 98-1005 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

8. Keauhou Farmers Market

Keauhou Farmers Market -- Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI
Address: 78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI 96740
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Hilo Farmers Market

Hilo Farmers Market -- Hilo, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Hilo, HI
Address: Corner of Kamehameha Ave. & Mamo St., Hilo, HI 96720
Times: Mon:7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tue:7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Wed:6:00 AM – 4:00 PM Thu:7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Fri:7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sat:6:00 AM – 4:00 PM sun:7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. Farmers’ Market At Hamakua Harvest

Farmers' Market At Hamakua Harvest -- Honokaa, HI

Source: Public Domain

Score: 45.7
City: Honokaa, HI
Address: 46-2600 Hawaii Belt Highway, Honokaa, HI 96727
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Hawaii

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Aloha State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Hawaii

Name City Rank Score
Maku’u Farmers Market Pahoa 1 80.0
Makeke Kapolei, A Farmers’ & Green Market Kapolei 2 68.6
Makeke Waianae, A Farmers’ & Green Market Waianae 3 68.6
Waianae Farmers’ Market/makeke Waianae Waianae 4 62.9
The South Kona Green Market Captain Cook 5 62.9
Volcano Farmers Market Volcano 6 60.0
Pearlridge Farmers Market Aiea 7 54.3
Keauhou Farmers Market Kahaluu-Keauhou 8 54.3
Hilo Farmers Market Hilo 9 51.4
Farmers’ Market At Hamakua Harvest Honokaa 10 45.7
Kauai Community Market Lihue 11 42.9
Lipoa Street Farmer’s Market Kihei 12 40.0
Hilo Coffee Mill Market @ The Mill Mountain View 13 40.0
Kinoole Farmer’s Market Hilo 14 37.1
Waiau District Park (People’s Open Market) Pearl City 15 31.4
Kaneohe District Park (People’s Open Market) Kaneohe 16 31.4
Waimanalo Beach Park (People’s Open Market) Waimanalo 17 31.4
Adaptations’ Fresh Feast Kealakekua 18 31.4
Waipahu District Park (People’s Open Market) Waipahu 19 28.6
Kapolei Community Park (People’s Open Market) Kapolei 20 28.6
Pokai Bay Beach Park (People’s Open Market) Waianae 21 28.6
Royal Kunia Park-N-Ride (People’s Open Market) Waipahu 22 25.7
Wahiawa District Park (People’s Open Market) Wahiawa 23 25.7
Ewa Beach Community Park (People’s Open Market) Ewa Beach 24 22.9
Halawa District Park (People’s Open Market) Aiea 25 22.9
Makawao Marketplace Makawao 26 2.9
Mahiku Farmers Market Waimanalo 27 2.9
Molokai Farmers’ Market Kaunakakai 28 2.9
Kauai Culinary Market Koloa 29 2.9
Paia Farmers Market Paia 30 2.9
Mamo Street Market Hilo 31 0.0
Panaewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers Market Hilo 32 0.0
Maui Mall Farmers Market & Craft Fair Kahului 33 0.0
Maui Swap Meet Kahului 34 0.0
The Maui’s Fresh Produce Farmers’ Market Kahului 35 0.0
Kapaa New Town Park (Sunshine Markets) Kapaa 36 0.0
Wailua Homesteads Park (Sunshine Markets) Kapaa 37 0.0
Kukui Grove Shopping Center Farmers Market Lihue 38 0.0
Vidinha Stadium (Sunshine Markets) Lihue 39 0.0
Kalaheo Neighborhood Center (Sunshine Markets) Kalaheo 40 0.0
Kona Pacific Farmer’s Cooperative Farmers’ Market Captain Cook 41 0.0
South Kona Fruit Stand Captain Cook 42 0.0
Kekaha Neighborhood Center (Sunshine Markets) Kekaha 43 0.0
Koloa Ball Park (Knudsen) (Sunshine Markets) Koloa 44 0.0
Hanapepe Park (Sunshine Markets) Hanapepe 45 0.0
Keaau Village Farmers Market Keaau 46 0.0
Kilauea Neighborhood Center (Sunshine Markets) Kilauea 47 0.0
Under The Banyan’s Farmers Market Hawi 48 0.0
West Kauai Agricultural Association Poipu 49 0.0
Akebono Farmersâ?? Market Pahoa 50 0.0
Fern Forest Town Market Fern Forest 51 0.0
Laupahoehoe Farmers’ Market Laupahoehoe 52 0.0
Hanalei Saturday Farmers Market Hanalei 53 0.0
Hawaiian Farmers Of Hanalei Hanalei 54 0.0

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