Walking down the aisles of the open-air market, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the vibrant colors of crafts and tropical flowers, the sultry aromas of homemade food and fresh fruits, and the bustling sounds of excitement and happy customers. If you only do one thing while visiting Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, make it the Hilo Farmers’ Market.
A Market Like No Other
Located in historic downtown Hilo on the corner of Mamo St. and Kamehameha Ave., the market is home to over 200 vendors and spans over three blocks of produce stands, craft shops, food courts, and retail stores. Open every day “from dawn ‘til it’s gone,” the market offers free parking, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, and free Wi-Fi. Visit on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the full lineup of vendors, but stop by any day to pick up the freshest produce and tastiest treats on the island from the 30+ permanent vendors.
Something For Everyone
If you can’t find it at the market, you don’t need it. Here you can find fresh flowers, produce, prepared foods, specialty foods, crafts, art, photography, specialty drinks, bath and body products, and a wide selection of clothing. So grab yourself a bubble tea, admire the fresh orchids and hibiscus blossoms, nibble on some freshly cut pineapple (you can even get it dipped in tangy-sweet-spicy li hing mui, an Asian flavoring), and pick out the perfect souvenir or piece of art for your collection. Hilo Market Hawaii have something for everyone!
With the kaleidoscope of colors (and yes, the market even sells kaleidoscopes) in the produce stands, calling these gardeners Green Thumbs does them a disservice. From rosy red Hamakua tomatoes to brilliant emerald lettuces and greens, from iridescent and exotic Rambutan fruits to golden papayas, the fruit and vegetable vendors have all the classics, as well as all of your new favorites. Just try not to spend the entire day browsing the incredible selection of local treats (our favorite are the macadamia nuts, especially the chocolate covered ones that only seem to grow here…).
Hilo Market Hawaii
After shopping the incredible array of clothes and crafts, you’re bound to be hungry. Follow your nose to the food stands and do your best to choose from the delicacies cooked up fresh, just for you. From the spicy flavors of Thailand to the rich deliciousness of a fresh poke bowl, you have plenty to choose from. Pick out your favorites then grab a seat at either the indoor or outdoor eating area, and tuck in!
No matter when you come to the Big Island, there is always something delicious in season at the Hilo Farmers’ Market. Check their website for a full listing of vendors, hours, and specials, as well as the cruise ship schedule (a good time to avoid the increased crowds!). We will see you there!