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“Meet The Locals Here For Produce & Crafts”

Hilo Farmers Market
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Ranked #6 of 82 things to do in Hilo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: MARKET HOURS: Big Market Days * Recommended days to visit. Wednesday and Saturday 6:00 am - 4:00 pm. Over 200 local farmers and crafters Small Market Days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Sunday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. Over 30 farmers and crafters. The Hilo Farmers Market is a must-see experience when you are on the Big Island. 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. Located at the corner of Mamo Street and Kamehameha Avenue in historic downtown Hilo, it's open all year round.
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had friends with us on this trip and decided to visit some old favorites on the Hilo side and it was fun for us to revisit sights we hadn't seen in years. We visited on an overcast Sunday and were very pleased with the good showing of local vendors ('though better on Saturdays). This is a terrific spot to pick up local crafts for friends & family, fresh produce and fresh cut flowers for your vacation rental (no matter where we stay, we always feel fresh flowers add a special touch to our accomodations...) There is loads of parking within the area and all the stalls are covered to provide a comfortable shopping experience from the sun (and occasional rain shower). What a great way to interact with the local residents.

7  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

If this were a movie, it might be called "Hippies vs. Durians". Fun place to people watch and find fruits that you won't see many other places. But when the sun hits the durians, you start to get that smell and ....

We picked up Mamey Sapotes, Soursops, Star Fruit, Cuban Red bananas, and Strawberry Papayas as well as feasting on breakfast items such as rice noodles.

It was a long drive from the West Coast resorts, but worth it.

2  Thank DaTravelerGuy
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Get everything you need for a great supper. Very inexpensive papayas and stir fry fixings. Also some fancier things like desserts and chèvre. Friendly atmosphere. Terrific photo ops. I frequented it daily while staying in Hilo.

Thank Zialucia
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Even though it was a little smaller than I thought it would be and we never saw a direction sign to help us find the market, we really enjoyed this. Being a mainlander, they had so many fruits and vegetables we had never seen or heard of and for really cheap prices. We got 8 or 9 apple bananas (try these) for $1, a beautiful bunch of anthuriums for $2, a pineapple for $3, and tried lilliquois (passion fruit) juice for $1 and they had orchids for $5. The good thing about Farmer's Markets is you get to try samples of everything. We found it fascinating.

One side of the street is basically fruits and vegetables and the other side is clothing, crafts, jewelry, art, etc. This is a great opportunity to get those gifts to take home. They will barter some, especially if you are buying more than one. There is free parking, but we never found a spot. We wound up paying an Asian lady $3 an hour (I think) to park in her yard, which was just across the street. There are lots of other shops in the same area and there is live music. While you are there, go to Moonstruck Patisserie on Mamo Street for a fabulous pastry that looks as good as it tastes.

We made this part of a great day, starting with a smoothie at What's Shakin' (quite expensive, but everything in Hawaii seems to be, and very tasty) and the Four Mile Drive. After the Farmers Market, we found the King Kamehaha statue (another great stop!), and the Tsunami Museum, The Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo (free and very worthwhile) and Queen Liliuokalini Gardens (another don't miss). A long but delightful day!

1  Thank CJA A
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

So much variety and so many things to see or purchase if you check out this market. My wife and I spent the better part of a day here. Everywhere accepts cash and some stalls accept credit cards.
There's music too and don't forget to stroll the avenue after the market.

Thank VitaminandDolphin
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