Theres no better way to connect with local culture than visiting one of Oahu's many farmers markets. One of our favorite Sunday markets is the Kailua Town Farmers Market. Here you will find a nice selection of local produce, food, drinks, and art. Kailua is a scenic 40 minute drive from central Waikiki, making it the perfect Sunday morning ride for any moped, scooter, or motorcycle renters. Just be sure to bring an empty bag or backpack because you're sure to find all you can carry!
There is no admission to the market and parking is free. There is however very limited parking next to the market. If this parking lot is full (it usually is) you can find parking on any of the residential streets next to the market. There is always a police officer directing traffic at the market entrance. So, if you're having difficulty finding a place to park they will be able to help.
Food & Drinks
There are a handful of ready to eat food options at this market. One of our favorites is Journey. They have some very unique breakfast sandwiches which are a must try. There are also several bento box venders. If you're a musubi fan we highly recommend trying the "Crispy Musubi". This is a friend rice patty toped with your choice of musubi favorites. Drink options are not limited in the slightest. You'll find kombucha, coffee, fresh pressed juices, farm fresh dairy, and freshly cut coconuts, just to name a few.
The staple of any good farmers market is, of course, the produce. When choosing produce to take home, consult with whomever is working the booth. We always recommend trying new things while you're in Hawaii as there are some tropical fruits you will not find elsewhere. Here are a few to keep an eye out for. Lychee, apple bananas, mangos, papaya, lilikoi, and ulu.
If you have means to cook then we highly recommend picking up some local meats! They have Hawaii grass fed beef, pork, and chicken, but if you're looking for something a bit more exotic you can find maui venison and sheep! On our last visit we pickup up some Maui venison and made a delicious stir fry with the other produce we found.
Art & Crafts
One of our favorite parts of any farmers market is the local art. Although the Kailua Town Market doesn't have a huge selection of different art venders there is certainly something for everyone. You'll find jewelry, drawings, paintings, photography, and more. My favorite Kailua Market regular is Steven Kean shown above.
Theres no better way to connect with local culture than visiting one of Oahu's many farmers markets. One of our favorite Sunday markets is the Kailua Town Farmers Market. Here you will find a nice selection of local produce, food, drinks, and art.