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Big Island of Hawaii – Kona Farmer’s Markets

Big Island of Hawaii – Kona Farmer’s Markets

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Kona Farmers Markets

As you can see from the list below, there are a large number of farmers markets around Kona. The most popular are the Kona Farmers Market in central Kona, open Wednesday through Sunday and the South Kona Green market in Captain Cook, open Sundays.  Here is your full list of choices.

Farmers Markets in Kona Area

 

Kona Village Farmers Market (the main one)

  • Location: In the heart of Kailua-Kona, at the intersection of Hualalai Rd. and Alii Dr.  It’s in the parking lot beside the Kona Public Library (across from Hale Halawai) in Kailua-Kona
  • Open: Thursday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

The South Kona Green Market (in Captain Cook, south of Kona)

  • Location: Amy Greenwell Botanical Gardens across from Manago hotel.  This one’s in Captain Cook just south of Kona.
  • Open: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

 

Alii Garden Market Place

  • Location: 75-6129 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona
  • Open: Wednesday – Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  (808-334-1381)

 

Keauhou Farmers Market

  • Location: Keauhou Shopping Center, in front of Ace Hardware. 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2440
  • Open: Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM

 

South Kona Fruit Stand

  • Location: 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook (By old Higashi Store, between mile markers 103 and 104)
  • Open: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM,  Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  (808-328-8547)

 

Kona Sunset Farmers Market

  • Location: 74-5465 Kamakaeha Avenue. Makalapua Center.  It’s right in front of K-Mart, Kailua-Kona
  • Open: Wednesday from 2:00 PM till dark

 

Ho’oulu Community Farmers Market

  • Location: At the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa – Keauhou bay: 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI. 96740
  • Open: Every Wednesday between 09:00 AM and 2:00 PM

They’re all great.  Enjoy!

 

Special treats to look for at the Kona Farmers Market

  • Besides the locally grown fresh produce, here are some special treats to look for at the market.
  • Flowers and Leis 
  • Jewelry – a great variety! (much is locally made)
  • Ukuleles
  • Wooden bowls and carvings
  • 100% Kona Coffee
  • Locally made Soaps 
  • Honey (made locally) 
  • Dreamcatchers (locally made) 
  • Batiks and wall hangings 
  • Sarongs
  • Scented Hawaiian Salt Crystals 
  • Pillow Cases (Locally made with Hawaiian designs) 
  • Hand-blown Glass (glass-blowing on site)

Look for locally made Jams such as these.

Rare Big Island White Pineapple

Like pineapple?  Want to taste a really unusual one? The Big Island has a secret that I am going to share with you.

If it’s summer time and you’re on the Big Island, you may find it.  It’s one of the rarest items at the market.   There are several names for this pineapple.  It’s often called Big Island White, Sugarloaf Pineapple, or White Pineapple, and it is out of this world.  Born of the volcanic soil and tropical climate, combined with selective breeding, the Big Island of Hawaii produces the best pineapples in the world.

It’s unlikely you will find this in any store.  But if you’re lucky you may catch it at the large farmers market in Kona or Hilo.   Grown by local small farms, which also produce a variety of crops from mangos to coffee, the White Pineapple is found mainly on the islands of Kauai and Hawaii (Big Island).

Here’s why the Big Island White Pineapple is so special.

  • The season for the Big Island White is short – only about 4-6 weeks during the summer.
  • It can weigh up to 10 pounds!
  • It can grow to two or three times the size of a typical Maui Gold Pineapple and yet still maintains low acid levels and a high sugar content.
  • Unlike most pineapples which have a thick shell protecting the fruit inside, the Big Island White Pineapple is much softer.

What does the Big Island White Pineapple Taste Like?

It has a texture like cantaloupe.  It literally melts in your mouth.  And it tastes….like coconut and peaches!  You may be surprised at first since it’s not what you’re expecting, but keep eating.  You’ll notice there is no acidic kick with this fruit.  I think you’ll find by the time you’re done, you’ll be wanting more!

Let me know what you think.   If you can find it. 

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Big Island Farmer’s Markets – Kohala Area

Big Island Farmer’s Markets – Kohala Area

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

Hawi Farmer’s Market Under the Banyan Tree

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.)

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.

The coastline is rocky, but lovely.

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.

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’).

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

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

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

Or perhaps some coconut water.

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

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

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

You’re charmed everywhere you turn.

Isn’t this Hawaiian lei gorgeous?

And then you see the abundant produce.

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

And this.

And these.

And the ginger.

It’s wonderful to just watch the folks.

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.

Sushi Rock
Address55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, HI 96719

Hours

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!

Tropical Dreams

Address55-3412 Akoni Pule Hwy
Hawi, HI 96719

Hours

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

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.

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!

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

Avenue Shave Ice

Address61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743

Hours

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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Church in Hawi

Hawi (pron. “Ha-vee”), is old Hawaii at its best. Here time has stood still for a brief pause. If you would like to feel the spirit of aloha in its most pure form, we invite you to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hawi. All visitors are welcome with open arms.  The members of the congregation are some of the warmest, most welcoming folks on earth.

The Sacrament service begins each Sunday at 9:00 am and runs to 10:10 am.   It starts and ends with a hymn and prayer, and includes a passed sacrament (which you are welcome to take or not) and several inspirational, spiritual, and uplifting talks. Be sure and raise your hand when asked who will not be here next Sunday. By the end of the service, the spirit of aloha is literally tangible and rolls off the congregation in waves. If you manage to leave dry eyed, I will be very surprised.  Hawi is a 20-minute drive from the Ranch.   Ladies attending church will be wearing mid-length or longer skirts or dresses and the men will be in dress shirts and ties with slacks, lava lavas or suits. You will be welcome in whatever modest clothes you are wearing.

   Location:    Hawi

Directions:    Take Highway 270 north to Hawi. Once in Hawi, just past Bamboo restaurant , turn right (south) on Hawi Road (Highway 250). Take the next right.  (The driveway immediately prior to Banana Ranch Road). You’ll notice the sign for the Church of Jesus Christ on your right as you turn and you can see the steeple just ahead on the right.  Follow the driveway to the Church parking lot.

       Hours:    Sunday Mornings 9:00 am – 10:10 am

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Church in Hawi

If you would like to feel the spirit of aloha in its most pure form, we invite you to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hawi. All visitors are welcome with open arms. The members of the congregation are some of the warmest, most welcoming folks on earth. This is a don’t miss. If you leave dry eyed, I’ll be amazed.

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Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

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