there are several farmers markets in and around Hilo on the Big Island. The Hilo farmers market is by far the largest and most popular one, but each one of the smaller ones is certainly worth a stop if you happen to pass by on a market day.
For all markets on the Big Island see our list of farmers markets in Hawai’i.
1: Hilo Farmers Market
The Hilo Farmers Market is a must-visit if you are in Hilo on a Wednesday or Saturday. Over 200 local farmers and crafters sell their produce, crafts, gift items and tropical flowers in a festive outdoor atmosphere that recalls back to the old “plantation” days of early Hilo.
This market is a favorite of both locals and visitors, and a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones back home!
The Hilo Farmers market is the largest and most popular farmers market on the Big Island for a reason. See the following video to see what you can expect when visiting this farmers market:
Directions and market hours for the Hilo Farmers Market
The Hilo farmers market is located at the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in historic downtown Hilo in front of Hilo bay. Big market days are Wednesday and Saturday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. The market is also open all other weekdays except Sunday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., but there will be less vendors.
The Hilo Farmers market looks like this if you approach from the mauka (uphill) direction:
More information on the Hilo Farmers Market website.
2: The Hilo Coffee Mill “Market @ The Mill” in Mountain View
The farmers market in Mountain View features Hawai`i grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other Hawaii-grown farm and value-added products. All vendors sell products grown on local farms or value added products using Big Island grown produce. Fresh cooked local ingredient breakfasts are prepared outside on the griddle every Saturday.
- Directions: Hilo Coffee Mill Farm, 17-995 Volcano Rd. (Between Mile Markers 12 and 13) in Mountain View, HI.
- Distance from Hilo: 13 miles (22 minutes by car)
- Market days: Saturday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
- More information: Market @ the mill website
For more information about the Market @ The Mill call Katherine Patton at +1 (808) 968-1333.
3: Keaau Village Farmers’ Market (Keaau)
The Keaau village farmers market is a small farmers market in the village of Kea’au, 8 miles (15 minutes) south of Hilo. You can find lots of affordable produce at this market, a bakery, and several places where you can have breakfast and (take out) lunch. One big recommendation is to eat at Ma’s kitchen when you are visiting.
This market has a very local feel and the prices of the fruit and produce are lower than those at the Hilo farmers market.
- Directions: on the open parking lot between McDonald’s and the Shell gas station (16-573 Old Volcano Road, Keaau, HI.)
- Distance from Hilo: 8 miles (15 minutes by car)
- Market days: Tuesday to Saturday between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM
- More information: The Keaau farmers market doesn’t have an online presence, but try this facebook page.
4: Maku’u Farmers Market (Pahoa)
The Maku‘u Farmers’ Market is a large market with stalls for up to 150 local merchants and artisans. You can find produce and food at the market, and a wide variety of new and recycled products including crafts, plants, jewelry, clothing, books, and records/cds.
The Farmers’ Market often has live music and entertainment in addition to a small food court which make it a fun stop if you pass by on Sunday mornings. “thing to do,” the “place to be” on Sunday morning.
- Directions: on the Maku’u Farmer’s lot along the Kea’au/Pahoa Hwy. bypass road between Kea’au and Pahoa
- Distance from Hilo: 15 miles (22 minutes by car)
- Market days: Sunday between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM
- More information: Very large farmers market with about 200 vendors selling Hawaiian crafts, plants, produce, jewelry, shells, ethnic and recycled clothing, food, live music, records/cd’s and books. Maku’u farmers market pictures and details
5: Kinoole Farmers Market (Hilo)
This is a good stop if you are looking for a local (less touristy) farmers market in Hilo. The Kinoole farmers market prides itself to sell only 100% Hawaiian grown products, the best of which sell out early.
The best things sell out early so make this a stop at the start of your day if you are interested in visiting.
- Directions: next to Kuwate Seed Shop, two streets mauka of Puainako Town Center. 1990 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI
- Market days: Saturday between 6:30 AM and noon
- More information: try the Kino’ole farmers market on their facebook page and website.
6: Pana’ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Farmers’ Market (Hilo)
The Keaukaha Pana’ewa Farmers Market first opened in 2011 and is one of the younger farmers market on the Big Island. The market is committed to helping the Pana’ewa and island community, local farmers and food providers offer fresh, Hawai’i grown and/or produced products. The market aims to support food and environmental sustainability and to foster a sense of community among people from diverse backgrounds.
Try to drop by if you are shopping for groceries at the shopping mall next door for a more local taste of Hawaii.
- Directions: This market is located on land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands along Railroad Avenue across of the Home Depot parking lot
- Market days: Friday between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Saturday between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM
- More information: visit the Keaukaha Pana’ewa Farmers website for the newest updates.
More large farmers markets on the Big Island
You can find farmers markets all over the island (map of all Big Island farmers markets). Because most markets are only open one or two days of the week visiting them requires some preparation. You can find more information directions and opening days on the larger farmers markets here: