Kauai is home to tons of charming little farmers' markets. You can buy amazingly fresh produce in a great setting under the blue Hawaii sky. Kauai farmers' markets are full of life, full of people who are passionate about food and are passionate about how it's grown. Here you'll find families selling their finest flowers, fruits, and vegetables, families buying their weekly produce, and visitors from all over the world looking to try something new.
Kauai has delicious island produce that can be found all over the island
Kauai is a place where fruits and vegetables like to grow, and you can find great organic produce year-round (and seven days a week) all across the island. Below is a list of Kauai Sunshine Markets, happening somewhere on island 7 days a week.
- Kealia: 11:00 AM across from Kealia Beach
- Kilauea: 4:00 PM at Anaina Hou (next to the Kilauea Mini Golf Course)
- Lihue: 3:00 PM behind Kmart (Kukui Grove Center) in the parking lot (Pikake Street)
- Koloa: 12:00 PM at the Koloa Knudsen Ballpark in the side parking lot (Maluhia Road)
- Waipa: 2:00 PM (North of Hanalei Town)
- Kapaa:9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Coconut Marketplace parking lot
- Kalaheo: 3:00 PM at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Papalina Road off Kaumuali'i Hwy.
- Kapaa: 3:00 PM right by the bypass road at the Kapaa Ballpark/Skatepark parking lot
- Poipu: 4:00 PM at Kukui'ula Shopping Village (Poipu Road)
- Kilauea: 4:30 PM at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center parking lot (Turn on Keneke Street off of Lighthouse Road)
- Kapaa: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Coconut Marketplace parking lot
- Hanapepe: 3:00 PM behind the fire station at the Hanapepe Town Park
- Lihue: 3:00 PM at Vidinha Stadium parking lot (Hoolaka Road)
- Hanalei: 9:30 AM at the Hanalei Neighborhood Center
- Kilauea: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Kilauea Mini Golf right off of Kuhio Hwy.
- Kilauea: 12:00 PM in the field behind the Kilauea Post Office on Keneki Street (off of Lighthouse Road)
- Puhi: 10:00 AM at the Kauai Community College parking lot
- Kekaha: 9:00 AM at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center (Elepaio Road)
1. Try to get there as close to opening as possible. Some vendors only have so much product, and once it's gone, it's gone. Getting there early will improve your chances of getting the produce you want and also finding the special stuff. You will have more of a selection if you arrive early.
2. Bring something with you to carry the produce in, like a basket or bag. Baby strollers are a big help if they have a place to carry things. You will be surprised at what you can find at these markets, and you may need to carry more than you think. Bring something to make it easier on yourself.
3. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If there is a specific item you would like to try, or something you don't recognize, just ask. Some vendors give out samples (depending on what it is), and all are very friendly and informative.
4. Don't forget the sunscreen. You might not think you're going to be there for very long, but you can get caught talking story, in lines, or just looking around. Make sure you wear sunscreen, a hat, and comfy shoes. These markets are outside, and it doesn't take long to get too much sun on Kauai.
5. It's good to check out several farmers' markets. Not all farmers' markets are created equal. Some offer better produce than others, some have more vendors than others, and some sides of the island offer different types of fruits and vegetables. If you're really into farmers' markets, or seeing what Kauai has to offer, be sure to take the time to visit different ones.
6. Remember to look for the little roadside fruit stands. These can be found everywhere, sometimes in the most random places, but they can offer some great stuff. You can even find some great produce at larger fruit stands as well, like Moloaa Fruit Stand and Banana Joes (Kilauea), and at local health food stores, like Papayas Natural Foods (in Hanalei and Kapaa).
Fresh. Affordable. Delicious.
Shopping at Kauai farmers' markets is a great way to meet people, save money, and see what the island has to offer, not to mention it's a great place to try some really great food. Experiencing them and seeing what they're all about will put you in a great state of mind. You'll see people taking care of their community and visitors. It's a place full of deliciously fresh produce that can't be found anywhere else because it was planted in island soil, grown under the bright Hawaii sunshine, and most importantly, produced with passion and love.
Support Kauai's farmers' markets, support Kauai's farmers, support Kauai's tomorrow. Your mind, your heart, and your stomach will be glad you did.