I really enjoyed shopping in this old market that has been an integral part of the Waimea community since 1934. Everyone was super nice, especially the women at the deli counter who explained to me what different things were and never showed impatience even when I changed my mind about six times. As this area does not have a ton of dining options, the deli is a great resource for real Hawaiian food at very reasonable prices. The market also has interesting local produce and homemade deserts.
In my travels I've often found that a real local market is a great place to get a feel for the people and their culture. After shopping at Ishihara, when we moved to the north part of Kauai and went to the huge, modern (and insanely expensive) supermarket in Princeville I experienced a feeling of culture shock. I suddenly felt like I was in Southern California or any affluent American suburb.
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