O‘ahu has seen a surge in OPEN-AIR MARKETS in recent years, with new locations cropping up nearly every weekend.
The trend toward sustainability and living off the ‘āina (land) isn’t new — Native Hawaiians developed a system of land management known as an ahupua‘a where villages used resources found from mauka (the mountains) to makai (the ocean). Today, more people are returning to this way of life, and FARMERS MARKETS are the place to find fresh, homegrown produce and handmade crafts at bargain prices. Think locally grown food, like Kahuku corn, Mānoa honey and Waimānalo greens. There are also plenty of ready-made treats to munch on as you roam from booth to booth — think liliko‘i mochi , Waialua chocolate, gourmet plate lunches and even HAWAI‘I REGIONAL CUISINE. All farmers markets sell out fast, so plan to arrive early. To save time and avoid hassles, bring your own bags and plenty of $1 bills.