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#10 of the Most Romantic Things to Do on the Big Island

Hawi Farmer’s Market Under the Banyan Tree

Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii

First, press ‘Play’ …

… then picture this.

Your directions for the Hawi (pron. HA-vee) Farmer’s Market are:


under the banyan tree by the post office.


That’s it. It’s in a charming little town small enough to only need that kind of an address, the type of place where folks all know each other and take time to catch up on life’s events as they shop.   And so you begin your adventure driving north on Akoni Pule Highway towards Hawi.  It’s the same route the Iron Man Triathlon uses.   You can almost image yourselves on the bikes.  (Almost.)

Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii

This peaceful drive gives you and your love the opportunity to slow your pace as you see many miles of the beautiful undeveloped Hawaiian countryside.  The royal blue ocean is directly on your left, with amazing vistas of Haleakala (pron. Ha-lee-ah-KA-la), the volcano on the eastern tip of Maui.  Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, its name means “house of the sun” (and it’s well worth a side trip to Maui to watch a sunrise there).  The color of the ocean is unsurpassed.

Kohala Coast Big Island of Hawaii

The coastline is rocky, but lovely.

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And on your right are the Hawaiian grasslands and glimpses of the observatories high atop distant snow covered Mauna Kea.

It’s about a 25 minute drive to Hawi once you head north on 270 through very beautiful country.

Once you arrive at Hawi, its funky charm is evident everywhere.

Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii
Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii

Hawi Farmers Market

For now though you continue through town on your treasure hunt to find the market.  Then on the south side of the road you see a very large banyan tree.     And arrayed peacefully under its spreading branches is a collection of white tents and stalls.  You’ve arrived.  According to the sign, the market is open from 8:00 AM to PAU (pron. pow – which, of course, means ‘the end’ or ‘done’).

Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii
Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

There’s a wonderful variety of stalls, many operating out of the back of someone’s vehicle.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

This one selling Passion Fruit Jelly and Curd is especially lovely.   It’s taste is out of this world.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

Everywhere you look, there are wonderful things to eat, like this local honey farm.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

Or perhaps some coconut water.

Here’s some Aloha brittle and Aloha Island BBQ Seasoning Salts.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

You try a sample of this amazing Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Butter.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

And beautiful things to see.  Aren’t these amazing?

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

You’re charmed everywhere you turn.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

Isn’t this Hawaiian lei gorgeous?

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

And then you see the abundant produce.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

It’s very hard not to buy some.  You wished you had access to a kitchen to make a salad out of this.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

And this.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

And these.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

And the ginger.

It’s wonderful to just watch the folks.

Hawi Farmers Market Big Island
Hawi Farmers Market Big Island

As you wander hand in hand you’ll find everything from homemade jams, jellies, and locally grown produce, to Hula Hands Soap (which comes in Vanilla Strawberry, Cherry Almond Oatmeal, Aloe, White Orchid, Shabby Chic, Tropical Fruits, Café Mocha, Lavender and Paniolo Country just name a few).

Also available are bagged, roasted and raw macadamia nuts as well as macadamia nut brittle and banana macadamia nut bread. Auntie Helen Roloff, one of the original founders of the Hawi farmers market, sells organically grown vegetables from her own Victory Garden and a delicious mango seed jam. While you’re there don’t miss the Chaba Thai Cuisine tent.

You’ll enjoy the many things to find and explore.


Hawi Farmers Market

Location:     Under the Banyan tree near the post office

Directions:    Turn right (north) at the entrance to the Ranch onto Highway 270. Take Highway 270 to Hawi. Turn right on Hawi Road (at Shige’s Gas Station). The Farmer’s Market is just ahead on your left.

       Hours:     Saturday Mornings 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Tuesday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Still Hungry?

There’s lots more to tempt you in Hawi.

Sushi Rock

There are several restaurants, of them Sushi Rock is my favorite.

Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii
Sushi Rock
Address55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, HI 96719


Sunday 12–3PM, 5:30–8PM
Monday 12–3PM, 5:30–8PM
Tuesday 12–3PM, 5:30–8PM
Wednesday 12–3PM, 5:30–8PM
Thursday 12–3PM, 5:30–8PM
Friday 12–3PM, 5:30–9PM
Saturday 12–3PM, 5:30–9PM

Tropical Dreams Ice Cream

There’s also a marvelous ice cream parlor, Tropical Dreams.  It’s a must-stop for super-premium flavors including, Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut, Tahitian Vanilla, Green Tea, Ginger, Salted Caramel, and Passion Fruit Cream to name just a few!

Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii

Tropical Dreams

Address55-3412 Akoni Pule Hwy
Hawi, HI 96719


Sunday 7AM–6PM
Monday 6AM–6PM
Tuesday 6AM–6PM
Wednesday 6AM–6PM
Thursday 6AM–6PM
Friday 6AM–6PM
Saturday 7AM–6PM

If you didn’t eat too much at the market, head on over to Sushi Rock for lunch or Tropical Dreams for a treat.


Getting to Hawi

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And on the way home: share a Shave Ice for Two

After a trip through to Hawi, you and your love need a shave ice.   And it just so happens, one of the best places on the island is right on your way home.  Avenue Shave Ice is located in a tiny strip mall in the Kawaihae (pron. Ka-WHY-hi) Shopping Center.

Avenue Shave Ice Big Island

If you’ve never had a shave ice (by the way, it’s ‘shave’ not ‘shaved’), you’re in for a treat.   Shave ice is fluffy, which is what differentiates it from your garden variety snow cone. And Avenue Shave Ice has some wonderfully interesting flavor choices.  Depending on the day and time, quite possibly there will be long lines.  That’s ok, it’s worth it.   While you’re standing in line, tell your love the top 5 things you most appreciate about them.  It’s a great way to pass the time.

Did I mention, one shave ice is the perfect size for two to share!

Avenue shave ice big island

They refrigerate their syrups so they don’t melt the ice when added.  They have some dynamite flavor choices too.


Check out these fun shave ice flavor combos

Mango / Passion Fruit (also called Lillikoi (pron. lil-A-koy)

Lemongrass Ginger mixed with Lychee and Melona  (Melona is a South Korean flavored ice pop.  Although the product is called “Melona” and is identified by its melon flavor, the ice pop also comes in other fruit flavors.)

Mango, POG, Lychee, and Rainbow flavors

Pineapple, Mango, and Melona with a Coconut Snow Cap

They also have sugar-free syrups as well.


Check out their great Ice Cream Options too!

Kona Mud Pie ice cream

Purple sweet potato – which must be tried!

Passion Fruit
Farmers Markets Big Island of Hawaii

Avenue Shave Ice

Address61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743


Sunday 11AM–7:30PM
Monday 11AM–7:30PM
Tuesday 11AM–7:30PM
Wednesday 11AM–7:30PM
Thursday 11AM–7:30PM
Friday 11AM–7:30PM
Saturday 11AM–7:30PM

Other Farmers Markets in the Kohala area

Kekela Farmer’s Market at the Farm

This farmers market is a bit different from any other on the Big Island for a couple of reasons. First, it is located on a farm; and second, there are only two vendors . . . but don’t discount it because it’s different. This market opens every Tuesday and Friday from 2 to 5 in the afternoons — perfect for both weekly and weekend shopping — and supplies an abundant variety of its own farm-fresh vegetables. You’ll also find goat cheese, coffee, honey, fruits and vanilla beans from other producers.

The other vendor at the Kekela Farm Market is Kay Cabrera of Sandwich Isle Bread Company.  The Cabreras have been baking bread on the island for many years and refer to themselves as “the itinerant bakers.”  Recently they decided to buy a dome shaped wood-fired masonry oven from France which they named “Matilda.”  Matilda travels with the them to the farmers market on Saturdays, but doesn’t make an appearance at the Kekela Farm Market.  That’s ok.   The breads available at their tent are still warm from the oven!

Both Kekela Farm and Sandwich Isle Bread Company can also be found at the Waimea Town Market at Parker School on Saturday mornings. 

   Location:  64-604 Mana Road, Kamuela. 
(808) 887-2763

Directions:   Turn onto Mana Road at 55 mile marker, Mamalahoa Highway; left at stop sign, 0.4 miles to red barn (first left after Koa Lane).

       Hours:     Tuesday and Friday, 2 – 5 pm Local, organic produce plus coffee, honey, goat cheese. Tuesdays only: stone oven-baked breads.

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