I love everything about farmer’s markets – supporting local artisans, farmers, and businesses, the colors, the music, the energy, the smells, the samples, the fresh produce, the food trucks… all of it. This vibrant, bustling weekly market is a favorite with locals and tourists alike…and it also happens to be my favorite farmer’s market on Oahu! Although packed with vendors selling local produce and foods, it’s much more than just a spot to pick up your fruits & veggies for the week. Visitors can get dinner from one of the many local restaurant booths and relax at one of the provided tables or on a picnic blanket while they enjoy the weekly live music and make some new friends. The market features a wide and eclectic range of food and other items including ready-to-eat meals, soap, jewelry and crafts, locally-raised beef, jams and honey, locally-crafted vegan chocolate, homemade ice cream and popsicles, plants and cut flowers, bread, fresh eggs, and much more. It is a definite must-see while you’re on the windward side of Oahu!Located in the charming beach town of Kailua, the farmer’s market is a weekly event (Thursday evenings) that takes place at the parking lot at the Kailua Town Center, near Whole Foods, Longs, and Pier-1 Imports. The market always attracts a crowd, and some of the most popular vendors include Andy’s Bueno Salsa (the dill-pickle salsa is a must-try!), Waimanalo Country Farms (serving up fresh, ice-cold strawberry and li hing lemonade in a mason jar), Petit Suise Crepes (using all local produce and honey), Ono Pops (gourmet popsicles), Ahualoa Farm (a macadamia nut farm on the Big Island), and Vixaysack Farm.
Local restaurants, including Da Spot, Pig and the Lady, Chef Sean’s Soul Patrol, Grandma G’s, and Olay Thai dish out ready-to-eat plate meals such as jambalaya, sushi sliders, pan seared opakapaka, locally-sourced burgers, baklava, and more. There are also a range of vegan, raw, and gluten-free options.
Visit the Kailua Farmer’s Market
Hours: Every Thursday night, 5pm – 7:30pm
Address: Kailua Town Center, 108 Hekili St, Kailua, HI 96734
Directions: From Honolulu/Waikiki, take the H1-W to the Pali Highway (Highway 61). Take Pali Highway through the mountains into Kailua. Turn right onto Hamakua Drive, and then take the 1st left onto Hekili St. The market will be on your left.