They say the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach and with the unique flavors of Hawaii, it is easy to see why so many people fall in love with Maui. If you are looking to get a taste of some of the best ingredients the island has to offer, we suggest you mosey over to one of the farmer's markets dotted across the Valley Isle.
On the upper slopes of Haleakala, the Upcountry Farmers Market is the more diverse and has arguably the best view! You will find an assortment of Maui gifts, farm fresh produce, locally raised meats, baked goods, and tasty eats every Saturday morning at the Kulamalu parking lot near Pukalani Longs Drugs from 7 am to noon.
At the heart of the island, you are sure to come across quite a few markets that offer pretty much any local Maui good you could think of. The Maui Swap Meet at the University of Hawaii, Maui College is the largest open market on the island offering Hawaii made crafts as well as fresh flowers and produce every Saturday from 6 am to 1 pm. The Maui’s Fresh Produce Farmers Market is one of the more popular and that could be due to the availability of days, the diversity of locally grown produce, or possibly both! Located at the center of Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, this is an easily accessible option to bring the farm to your table.
If the Road to Hana has made it to your itinerary then we suggest adding a stop to one of the East Maui farmers markets while you are on that side of the island. Whether it is to snag a juicy fruit to snack on the drive back or some ingredients for your barbecue later, you are going to want to peruse through their stands. That is if your drive along the 600 curves and 54 bridges aligns with the days they are open. Hana Fresh is set up at the Hana Medical Center every Mondays from 3 pm to 6 pm, Thursdays 11 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. Ono Organic Farms’ market is set up near Hasegawa General Store and is open all day Monday as well as Thursday.
These are just a few of the Maui farmers markets that can be found islandwide. We wanted to leave the rest up for you to discover. After all, part of the fun of any new place is uncovering the mystery. Which is your favorite? Pop by our new Wings Hawaii boutique and let us know!