Shop Island Fresh Farmers’ MarketsKaua‘i

Fresh produce and fish are readily available on the island—if you know where to look. SHOPPING for produce in LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKETS is a lesson both in tropical agriculture and multi-cultural lifestyles. Alongside ripe and green papayas, hands of bananas, sweet pineapples, fresh-pressed juices, chilled coconuts for sipping, acai bowls, lettuce and cherry tomatoes; you’ll find a wide range of exotic items. And there are always fresh bouquets of fetching tropical flowers in bloom.

Farmers’ markets tend to sell out quickly, so don’t be late. To save time and hassle, bring your own bag and plenty of $1 bills. Below is a rundown of markets:

MONDAY
Anaina Hou Community Park,
2 p.m. to dusk

Koloa Ball Park,
Maluhia Road, noon

Kukui Grove Shopping Center,
3-5 p.m.

Namahana at Anaina Hou Community Park, Kilauea,
2 p.m. to dusk

TUESDAY
Coconut Marketplace, Kapa‘a,
8 a.m. to noon

Kalaheo at Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, Papalina Road off
Kaumuali‘i Highway,
3:30 p.m.

Waipa, Waipa Ahupua‘a Field,
2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Kapa‘a at Kapa‘a New Town Park,
near the Kapa‘a Bypass Road, 3 p.m.

Kaua‘i Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukui‘ula, Kukui‘ula Village in Koloa,
3:30-6 p.m.

THURSDAY
Coconut Marketplace, Kapa‘a,
8 a.m. to noon

Kilauea at Kilauea Neighborhood Center, Keneke Street,
4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY
Anahola, Hokualele Road off Kuhi‘o Highway, just past Anahola,
9 a.m. to dusk

Vidinha Stadium at Vidinha Stadium parking lot, Ho‘olako Street in Lihu‘e,
3 p.m.

SATURDAY
Anahola, Hokualele Road off Kuhi‘o Highway, just past Anahola,
9 a.m. to dusk

Anaina Hou Community Park,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hanalei Community Center,
next to Wai‘oli Park off Kuhi‘o Highway,
9:30 a.m. to noon

Kaua‘i Community Market, Kaua‘i Community College, Puhi,
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kekaha at Kekaha Neighborhood Center, Elepaio Road,
9 a.m.

Namahana at Anaina Hou Community Park, Kilauea,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SUNDAY
Anahola, Hokualele Road off Kuhi‘o Highway, just past Anahola,
9 a.m. to dusk.

In addition to farmers’ markets, which occur six days a week at locations throughout the island, there are excellent FISH MARKETS in Lihu‘e, Kapa‘a, Koloa, Hanama‘ulu and Hanalei. The folks who have been serving great fish for years at the HANALEI DOLPHIN RESTAURANT run HANALEI FISH MARKET.

Natural and organic produce also can be found at HOKU FOODS NATURAL MARKET, 4585 Lehua St. in Kapa‘a, and at PAPAYA’S, also in Kapa‘a.

In Waimea, AUNTY LILIKO‘I produces an award-winning line of passion fruit products, including scrumptious jellies and butters, savory-sweet mustards and dressings, satisfying syrups and juices and gifts for bath, body and home. And find SALTY WAHINE gourmet Hawaiian sea salts in the tiny town of Hanapepe.

In Kilauea, KAUA‘I KUNANA DAIRY sells goat cheese and milk products, as well as fruits, vegetables and baked goods. Tours are available.

• AUNTY LILIKO‘I (808) 338-1296 OR (866) 545-4564
SALTY WAHINE (808) 378-4089