The holidays are upon us here on the Big Island! We are feeling a bit like some of you in cooler climates around the US as we just received over 6 inches of snow on Mauna Kea with a winter storm that came in this week. If you are new to the island, the joy of going up to the snow line and throwing snow balls while wearing a Santa hat is a fun experience. Many older residents will say, “Are you nuts? I LEFT snow and cold to come to Hawaii!” You can also simply take in the beauty of this snow tipped revered mountain from Kohala, Waimea or Hilo. This month, we also have categorized some of the fun, like the Christmas parades and craft fairs for easier browsing. As more events pop up this month, we will be updating this calendar, as well! SO send in any submissions if we missed something you want to let others know about.

Holiday Parades on the Big Island

December 2, 2923

63rd Annual Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade , Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 5:30PM , 2023 Parade Theme:  

‘E Lauhoe Mai Na Wa’a’

‘Everyone Paddle the Canoe Together’

Grand Marshal: Pete Hendricks!

December 9, 2023

The 37th annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 5 PM. The parade will start at the Kona Pool and Gym, which is located north of Ka`iwi Street on Kuakini Hwy. The parade route will follow these steps:Down Kuakini to Palani,  Along Ali`i Drive to Walua Road, just past Coconut Grove Marketplace.  The parade will feature fireworks! For more info click here:

December 9, 2023

“20 Years of Lights”

20th Annual Kea‘au Lighted Christmas Parade beginning  6pm, Kea‘au-Pāhoa Rd

For more info click here:


December 11, 2023

The seventh annual Kailua Kalikimaka Lighted Boat Parade beginning at 6 p.m., following the Kokua Kailua monthly stroll and holiday concert. The Kailua Village Business Improvement District invites sailboats, powerboats, canoes and kayaks to be a part of the festive holiday celebration.

Registered boats and canoes line up near Kailua Pier and wind their way around Kailua Bay. Spectators can view the parade of lighted boats from anywhere in the village, including the seawall.  To register to be part of the parade, email or call 808-936-9202. Entries are due by Dec. 5.


West Hawaii

December 1, 2023

Fashion for a Cause

King’s Shops Waikoloa-Center Stage /250 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village

5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Join us for an evening of style and purpose at Kings’ Shops, featuring delectable food tastings from A-Bay’s Island Grill, Foster’s Kitchen, and Roy’s Waikoloa Bar and Grill, and refreshing drinks from Ola Brew and Twelfth Hawaii Distiller. Enjoy music by Nā Hōkū Hanohano Winning Artist Blayne Asing, a fabulous silent auction, and fashion show featuring Tiffany & Co., Tori Richard, Michael Kors, NoaNoa, Travis Mathew, Mary Jane’s, and Hualakai. All proceeds directly support the American Cancer Society Clarence T.C. Ching Hope Lodge Hawai’i. Located on O’ahu, the 20-room facility is a home away from home, for cancer patients and their caregivers, offering complimentary housing and rides to treatment. Tickets are $50, available online at


December 2, 2023




Chefs and local culinary students will delight attendees with plates of expertly prepared savory cuisine and delectable holiday treats, all accompanied by local ales, wines from around the world, handcrafted cocktails, and 100% Kona coffee.This annual fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending Hawai’i Community College – Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting to further their education. The Silent Auction is a benefit for the Palamanui culinary program through the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs and Jean Hull Endowment Fund. Over the years, the event’s scholarship focus has raised over $900,000. Early Bird tickets are sold online until Oct. 22nd.  For more info, visit

December 2, 2023

Kailua Village Food Truck Festival

75-5744 Ali‘i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI


11:00am to 5:00pm

Who’s hungry? The Kailua Village Business Improvement District rolls out a new Street Eats food truck festival offering a wide variety of cuisine options from food trucks and vendors from around Hawaii Island.  Street Eats, A Kailua Village Food Truck Festival .  Alii Drive will close to vehicle traffic as food trucks line up in Historic Kailua Village offering a variety of the island’s best food trucks and food vendors of all kinds.   For more info contact Laura Aquino Phone: 808-326-7820



December 3, 2023

Chamber Orchestra of Kona – A Classical Christmas

Grace Community Church

74-4889 Palani Road in Kona.


The West Hawai’i Christmas season is set to launch with a live performance of “A Classical Christmas” by the Chamber Orchestra of Kona (COOK) in Kona.  COOK returns to entertaining classical music lovers in Kona after a three-year-long hiatus, precipitated by the Covid restrictions. 

“A Classical Christmas” features holiday music by Bach, Mozart, Handel, selections from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, classic carol O Holy Night and holiday favorites by Leroy Anderson all conducted by COOK’s maestro, Artistic Director Farley Sangels. This will be Sangels’ first season with COOK.

The Chamber Orchestra of Kona (COOK) is a volunteer community orchestra committed to making the classical masterworks and orchestra performance accessible to the greater Kona community.

Founded by thelate Bernaldo Evangelista, COOK is an organization with decades of history of music making.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are always welcome. Please share event with friends and family!


December 6, 2023

Sip & Cook

Event by Ohana Integrative Health – Kona Family Health Center

75-170 Hualalai Road,Kailua-Kona

Join Chef Simja & Cardiology NP Lisa for a fun evening of. heart healthy dinner with hands on cooking instruction.
Fun, Laugh & Change your Heart! For More Info:




December 7, 2023

The Pineapples Comedy Show Hosted By Mike Vaz 

My Bar-74-5606 Luhia Streetm Kailua-Kona, HI

7:00pm to 11:30pm

The Pineapples comedy show returns in December with special guest host, Mike Vaz! Get ready for a fun filled night full of standup comedy, games, trivia, and surprises galore. FEATURING: Keith Eikre, Lindsay Roth, and Jesse Mumma! Open mic signups at 7PM. Open mic performers get 5 minutes each and get FREE entry. $10 at the door or $8 prepay on Venmo:


December 8, 2023

The 365Hawaii Food Drive

The Target Parking Lot Kailua-Kona

4pm to 8pm

Come enjoy some local food and donate to feed families in need for the holidays. Let’s fill the barrel and raise funds!


December 8, 2023

King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort’s First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kona Beach Resort 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI

4PM – 6PM

Get in the festive spirit at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort’s first annual tree lighting ceremony.  Special performance by one of Hawaii’s most celebrated artists, .and 6-time Grammy nominee Amy Hānaialiʻi , as she performs songs from her award winning album, “A Hawaiian Christmas”.
Enjoy light complimentary appetizers surrounded by friends and loved ones. It will be a night you can’t miss! Free Event, For More Info: hristmas-tree-lighting-ceremony-tickets-759816039227


November 9, 2023

Holiday Parade & The Cherry Poppin Daddies Concert

King Kamehameha Beach Hotel Courtyard Marriott

The Parade Starts at 5:30pm

The Daddie 6pm to 10pm

Let the holiday festivities continue with a jolly parade in front of King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort followed by a special performance from the The Daddies on our luau grounds.  Multiplatinum artists Cherry Poppin Daddies bring their blend of swing, ska, rock, and punk to Kona for an intimate, open air performance.

For tickets:



December 9, 2023

Holiday Gift Fair

Kona Commons

74-5450 Makala Blvd, Kailua-Kona, HI


A variety  of Pop Up Stores just for you!   Find Beautiful, Unique, Amazing Gifts. Just in time for the holidays. And don’t forget, you deserve a gift too!!  A variety of items a  made in Hawaii to include gifts, Baked Goods/Treats, Collectibles and more.  Also, please support MERCY Toy Drive at the entrance as well. Gifts will be individually distributed to 202 children living in transitional homes at Ulu Wini Complex in Kona.   For more info:http://Contact 808-289-1560   

December 9, 2023

Holiday Craft Fair

Kona Church of the Nazarene

74-5100 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI


Come find Crafts, Home Decor, Jewerly, Baked Goods and Food. Photos with Santa and so much more!! More Info:


December 10, 2023

Kokua Kailua Monthly Stroll

Kokua Kailua stretches from Kailua Pier through Historic Kailua Village to Hualalai Road

1:00pm to 6:00pm

Kokua Kailua, the popular monthly village stroll on Alii Drive, happens one Sunday each month. Kona’s Historic Kailua Village closes to vehicular traffic and becomes a festive, pedestrian-only outdoor marketplace that makes for a fun family-friendly day. Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll too. Highlights include nearly 100 vendor booths showcasing the work of local artisans and crafters, musicians, and merchants offering a fantastic shopping experience and delicious dining options.

For more


December 10, 2023

Celebrate ‘Ohana Festival

Old Kona Airport Main Pavillion

75-5560 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI

10:00am to 2:00pm

E hele mai! Join us as we celebrate ʻohana and learn about our valuable community resources that support keiki and ʻOHANA. For More Info:


December 12, 2023

Above The Ashes Comedy Show Fundraiser

Kona Elks Lodge 2616

75-170 Hualalai rd , Kailua-Kona, HI

7:00pm -8:30pm

Headliner Jose Raymond comes to the Kona Elks Lodge for an hour and half of standup comedy. All profits go to Lahaina families.  More info:


December 13, 2023

Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa Christmas Performance

78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI


Our Keiki & Makua will be sharing some Christmas cheer in the lobby of the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa!


December 23, 2023

Holiday Wreath Paint Party

Da Taste by Ohana Q

75-5742 Kuakini Hwy Sutie 104, Kailua-Kona, HI


Enjoy creating your own holiday wreath with a saying or your initial. Learn a variety of leaf  brushstrokes and how to make perfect berries and paint on a black canvas to pop those holiday colors. Enjoy barbecue, pasta, tacos, and cocktails at Da Taste downtown Kona. Cost $55.  Register  at 


December 24, 2023


Kona Beach resort

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI


Santa arrives island style – on an outrigger canoe!  More info:


December 25, 2023

Kona Beach Resort Christmas Day Buffet

75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI

5pm to 8pm 

$85.00++ Per Person

Looking for dinner on Christmas Night in Kona?  Celebrate Christmas in paradise with an all-you-can-eat feast! Christmas Day Buffet Kona Beach Resort begging 5pm to 8pm.  For More Information Call (808) 329-2911 


December 31, 2023

New Years Eve at Island Breeze Lu’au

Kona Beach Resort (75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI)

Starts at 5:30pm

Spend your holidays at our special New Year’s Eve Lū’au! With an enhanced menu and special holiday touches, you’ll be sure to create unforgettable memories with your ‘Ohana. Tickets:

December 31, 2024

New Years Celebration at Hawai’i Keiki Museum-

74-5533 Luhia Street Building D
Kailua Kona, HI

Join us for a day of aerial acrobatics, music, balloons and fun to celebrate the new year. Perfect for keiki of all ages who may not stay awake until midnight


East Hawaii

December 2, 2023

Winter Craft Fair

Puna Hongwanji Mission

16-492 Old Volcano Rd, Keaau, HI 96749

 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

There will be numerous craft and food vendors, entertainment, and Puna Hongwanji Boutique. Vendors will be located indoors and outdoors.

For more info:


December 3, 2023

First Inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting at Nanimau Gardens  

421 Makalika Street, Hilo, HI 96720


$7/adult $5/Keiki

Meet The Mayor, Stroll The Illuminated Gardens, Bring A Gift For Toys For Tots, Shop Local Vendors, Crafts & Cookie Decorating For Keiki, ‘Ohana And Pet Polaroids With Santa 2/$15, Poinsettia & Plant Sale, Food & Drink Concessions Live Music & Entertainment By @levi.tationentertainment BRING THE ENTIRE ‘OHANA OUT AND ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN AT NANI MAU GARDENS IN HILO! For more info:


December 8, 2023

Cherry Poppin Daddies

The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton

6pm to 10pm

Multiplatinum artists Cherry Poppin Daddies brings their infectious blend of swing, ska, and punk to The Crown Room for an intimate performance.



December 8-10, 2023

Prince Kūhiō Plaza Christmas Craft Fair

111 Puainako St, Hilo, HI


Join local arts and craft vendors at the annual Prince Kuhio Christmas Craft Fair.  Lots of original and Hawaii made items select from.  


December 8-9, 2023

Manono Street Marketplace Christmas Craft Fair


681 Manono St, Hilo, HI


Come and enjoy our last craft fair of the year.  Enjoy some one of a kind gifts and specials.


December 9, 2023

Tis’ the season with The Mākaha Sons 
Naniloa Crown Room
93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI  
6PM – 10PM.
Committed to keeping traditional Hawaiian music alive, their harmonies will soothe you spirits with classic melodies of Hawai‘i.  Committed to keeping traditional Hawaiian music alive, their harmonies will soothe you spirits with classic melodies of Hawai‘i.


December 10, 2023

Māhilu Wreath Workshop

Event by Imiloa Astronomy Center

186 Nowelo St, Hilo, HI 

Two sessions from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Make your own stunning holiday wreath with native plants at ʻImiloa’s Māhilu Wreath Workshop!
Participants will make an 8-inch wreath plus a holiday arrangement.
Workshop Fee: $60, members/$75, non-members
For tickets, call 808-932-8901 or visit our front desk during normal business hours.
Ticket sales close at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.


December 10, 2023

Leilani Chrstmas Market

13-3441 Moku St, Pahoa, HI 96778

10:00am to 2:00pm

The event is designed to offer wonderful gifts for the upcoming Holiday Season. Gifts, Holiday treats, plants and much more.

“We want to have a venue to bring artists together in time for Christmas. So many in our community are creating and growing some wonderful gifts for the Holiday Season. The Christmas market offers a venue that would give our community the ability to sell and buy locally. Come and see what our Big Island community has to offer.” For more info:


December 14, 2023

Hawaiian Spirits and Truffle Pairings – Guided

Puna Chocolate Company-Pahoa Cocoa 

277 Keawe St., Hilo, HI


Have our in-house seasonal truffles paired with 5 local liquors or cocktails. One hour. $30 per person


December 15, 2023

Puna Lights

15-2053 18th, Keaau, HI

7:00pm-9:00pm nightly through December 31st.

Since 2008, Stanward and his family have hosted the Punalights show at their home in Hawaiian Paradise Park. The dazzling music and light show is a beloved, highly-anticipated tradition for many island families.   Admission is free and donations to The Food Basket, Inc. – Hawai’i Island’s Food Bank are accepted. Through the show, Punalights has collected 10,000+ pounds of food and raised $15,000+ for Hawaii Island’s food bank.
For this year’s schedule, visit the Punalights Facebook page, and to view previous years’ light shows, check out Stanward Oshiro’s YouTube page:


December 15, 2023

ʻŌhiʻa-free Wreath Making Workshop in Hilo 

Event by RapidOhiaDeath

875 Komohana Street, Hilo, HI 

Learn about collecting and creating wreaths for this holiday season without using ʻŌhiʻa . For More Info:


December 22, 2023 AND December 29, 2023

Imiloa Planetarium- 600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, HI

5:30 pm & 6:45 pm

“The Dark Side Of The Moon: 50 Years In A Heartbeat”
Don’t miss this special Planetarium program created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon” and the first Planetarium experience sanctioned and approved by this groundbreaking and timeless band.  Lose yourself in the waves of colors, images, animations, and fractals that dance along to this epic masterpiece. From “Breathe,” to “Money,” to “Eclipse,” the digital interpretation of the songs takes audiences on an immersive thrill ride for the senses.
Admission:  $12, members. $18, general public. For tickets, call 808-932-8901 or visit our front desk during our operating hours.


December 23, 2023

The Puna Toy Exchange 

Connection Point Church in Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP)

15-1839 32nd Ave., Kea’au, HI 96749

9:00am to 12:00pm

Please join us for the 5th annual toy exchange.   If you would just like to donate and not exchange, the Pahoa Smoothie shack will be accepting donations until 12/22! Please remember to clean your toys before donating and please only donate good condition and fully working toys. Please no broken or missing parts. Mahalo! For more info:


December 23-24, 2023

Queen Lili’uokalani Garden Enhancement Event

189 Lihiwai St #151, Hilo, HI 

6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Grinch will appear on Saturday, while Santa will be there on Sunday (Christmas Eve).


December 15, 2023

Holiday Beach Walk

Olivia Clare Boutique

74-5606 Pawai Place, BAY 5, Kailua-Kona, HI


Create your own holiday decoration painting and bring your friends to create some holiday magic and cheer. Olivia Clare had a fantastic space and queen chair to take finish photos in. Bring your own Pupus, and coctails or drinks of choice to enjoy. This painting teaches shapes of shells and how to create a natural looking beach , ribbons to add the holiday touch , or do without to display year round.  Cost $65  For More Info: 



December 14-17, 2023

The 2023 Hawai’i Island Steel Guitar Experience and Festival

The Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection

68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea, HI 96743

Featuring the Hawai’i Island Steel Guitar Festival.  The festival will be presented free to the public by the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection and the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE).

The Experience begins on Thursday, December 14, with performances throughout the day at the Surf Shack and HāLani Restaurant.

On Friday, December 15, the Hawai’i Island Steel Guitar Festival’s ho’olaule’a concert followed by a public kanikapila.

On  Saturday, December 16, The hotel’s monthly Twilight at Kalāhuipua’a program featuring the Hawaiian steel guitar and include performances by NextGen steel guitarists.

Sunday brunch entertainment on December 17 will be offered on the lawn of the HāLani Restaurant.

The 2023 experience will also include school visits, workshops, Open Stage performances, a vintage steel guitar exhibit, and hands-on opportunities for festival guests.

Featured performers will include Alan Akaka, Pomai Brown, Ethan Goore, Bobby Ingano, Kapono Lopes, Mālie Lyman, Dwight Tokumoto, and Geronimo “Geri” Valdriz from Maui. Pomai Brown, Dwight Tokumoto, and Ethan Goore are from Hawai’i Island. Also performing will be NextGen steel guitarists Hi’ipoi Lindsey, Enosa Lyman, Tai Misailidis, Isabella Bertelmann, and Makamae Lyu-Napoleon.   For more info:


December 15, 2023


Kahilu Theater

67-1186 Lindsey Roadm Kamuela, HI 96743

 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Three-time Grammy winner & four-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner KALANI PEʻA returns to Kahilu for this special PURPLE HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS concert. The show will feature special guests Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners Lorna Lim, Wailau Ryder, and featured hula performances throughout the show. Peʻa celebrates the release of his latest holiday album “Purple Hawaiian Christmas”. Kalani Pe’a is a singer, songwriter, and producer of Hawaiian contemporary and soul music. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i and now living on Maui, he is a proud Hawaiian immersion graduate, praised for his Hawaiian language fluency, songwriting, and commitment to his Hawaiian roots. Kalani believes music is medicine; Hawaiian music is essential and recognizes the indigenous peoples and lands of Hawai‘i. E ola ka hā (“Long live the breath of our people”) .


December 23, 2023

The Nutcracker Ballet

Kahilu Theater

67-1186 Lindsey Roadm Kamuela, HI 96743

Performances: 2:00pm and 6:00pm

West Hawaii Dance Theatre lights up the holidays with a beautiful presentation of the endearing Holiday Classic, The Nutcracker Ballet. This festive, family-friendly production includes more than 55 local dancers and professional guest artists from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Cleveland Ballet, and more! Both new and original choreography will delight the audience as this iconic and charming fairy tale—based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King—is performed to music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Join us in this fun-filled fantasy that captures the spirit of the season. Big Island 2023 Nutcracker is sponsored by Valerie Cartwright and Richard Olazaba. Tickets: Information: Two


December 2, 2023

Holidays at Kahuku

 Just south of the 70.5 mile marker in Kaʻū

Gates open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Entertainment 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 The Friends of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park are celebrating 25 years of supporting the park by throwing a holiday party for everyone! Come celebrate in Kahuku and enjoy free music, hula, face painting for keiki and shave ice (while supplies last). Local crafts and food will be available for sale. Performances by Hālau Ulumamo o Palikū, the Kipapa Sisters, Shootz, The Jazz Gardeners and Dem Guys.

For more information, visit or call (808) 985-7373. 




Farmers Markets, Craft Fairs & Ongoing Events

Kona Farmers Markets


    • Directions: At the intersection of Hualalai Rd. and Aliʻi Dr., in the parking lot next to the Kona Public Library (across from Hale Halawai) in Kailua-Kona

    • Market days: Wednesday to Sunday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM


    • Directions: 75-6129 Aliʻi Drive, Kailua-Kona

    • Market days: Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


    • Directions:Located on the Lawn in front of Outrigger Kona at Keauhou bay – 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, HI. 96740

    • Market days: Every Wednesday and Friday between 09:00 AM and 2:00 PM


    • Directions: Keauhou Shopping Center, fronting Ace Hardware. 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740-2440

    • Market days: Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 12 PM (noon)


    • Directions: Near the old Higashi Store, between mile marker 103 &104. 84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook

    • Market days: Open 9am-5pm Monday and Wednesday through Friday, Closed Tuesdays. Open on Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 4pm.


Formerly known as the South Kona green market.

    • Directions: Located at the Amy Greenwell Botanical Gardens across from the Manago hotel in Captain Cook

    • Market day: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM



At the end of highway 137 where the 1990 lava flow covered the majority of the Kalapana village and the famous Kaimu Black Sand Beach.

    • Directions: 12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778.

    • Market days:
        • Wednesday between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM (website) for the night market, also known as the “Wednesday Night Hoʻolauleʻa Market”. Note that there is a $20/pp cover charge for entrance.

        • Saturday between 8:00 AM and noon for Uncles Kaimū Farmers Market (website) .

    • More information: The venue for the farmers market (Uncles ʻAwa Club) is also opened daily from 7:00 AM on. There is a smoothie shack and ‘Uncles Kitchen’ which serves BBQ plates, local style food plates, burgers, appetizers, and fresh fish burgers or plates from 11 am till 7 pm. Uncles ʻAwa Bar is open from 10 am till closing (website).



    • Directions: TEMPORARY Location: Hakalau Veteran’s Park (see the website linked below for the most recent location)




(between Hilo and Volcano)

    • Directions: Hilo Coffee Mill Farm, 17-995 Volcano Rd. (Between Mile Markers 12 and 13)

    • Market days: Saturday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM


    • Directions: Corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street

    • Market days: Wednesday and Saturday between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The market is also open all other days of the week between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but there will be less vendors.


The Keaau village farmers market is a small farmers market in the village of Keaʻau, 8 miles (15 minutes) south of Hilo.  You can find most of the fruit, vegetables and flowers/plants that most of your bigger markets have.

    • 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



The Maku‘u Farmers Market is a large market with stalls for up to 200 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 more.  They boast several food trucks and stalls that the locals have come to love.   Its the place to be to “talk story” and find special gifts and fresh produce. 

    • Directions: on the Makuʻu Farmer’s lot along the Keaʻau/Pahoa Hwy. bypass road between Keaʻau and Pahoa.

    • Distance from Hilo: 15 miles (22 minutes by car)

    • Market days: Sunday between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Nanala Sunset Farmers Market 

    • Address: 16-296 Orchid Land Dr, Keaau, HI 96749

    • Market days: Second and fourth Monday 4-7 pm


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 Ma Kai of Puainako Town Center. 1990 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI

    • Market days: Saturday between 06:00 am to 11:00 am


The Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Market is committed to helping the Panaʻewa and island community, local farmers and food providers offer fresh, Hawaiʻi 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 (363 Railroad Ave, Panaʻewa)

    • Market days: Saturday between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM


New to the island with the kick off event on October 1st, 2021. Here are the preliminary details:

    • Directions: 69 Waianuenue Avenue (near The Temple and Jackie Rey’s — directly across the street from Mo’s Fish & Chips)

    • Market days: Friday afternoon/evening from 5pm – 8pm


Farmers markets near and in Volcano Village. The Kaʻu farmers market is on the road between Kona and Volcano.


    • Directions: 19-4030 Wright Road, Cooper Center, Volcano, HI

    • Market days: Sunday between 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM


(in Naʻalehu between Volcano and Kona)

    • Directions: The Ma Uka (mountain) side of the highway just before the 77 gas station and Bay Clinic (when coming from Hilo/volcano).

    • Market days: Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 AM to noon (Wednesday is the main market day with most vendors)


(not a farmers market but a farm stand with locally produced produce, coffee, honey, macnuts, and chocolate)

Paradise meadows is a 75 acre farm close to the most southern point of the USA. Their farm stand is open 7 days a week from 9 AM – 5:30 PM where you can get free samples of the products in sale and also get enjoy a brief tour of the farm.

    • Directions: About 7/10ths of a mile down South Point rd from the turnoff at Hwy 11 (between mile markers 69 and 70)

    • Farm stand days: the stand is open 7 days a week from 9 AM – 5:30 PM


Waimea Town Market

Waimea Town Market at Parker School is home to over 50 vendors who offer a wide variety of terrific produce, food and other unique items. Please join us, talk story with our vendors, learn about their businesses and crafts, and enjoy breakfast or lunch at our picnic tables with the Mauna Kea view—where North Hawaii comes together.

    • Directions: Parker School  behind the Paniolo Country Inn 65-1224 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, HI 96743

    • Market days: Open every Saturday at  7:30 to 12:00. Live music every Saturday
    • More information:


The Sunday Farmers’ Market at Hāmākua Harvest offers only locally produced goods, ono food, live music and a free educational event weekly. Drink a coconut, buy a t-shirt and experience the warm hospitality of Hamakua. SNAP/EBT welcome!

    • Directions: At the intersection of Mamane St. and Hwy 19 in Historic Honoka’a Town

    • Market days: Sunday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Overview of the stands at the Sunday Farmers’ Market at Hāmākua Harvest. Image credit: the Farmers market at Hamakua Harvest.


    • Directions: Pukalani Stables. 67-139 Pukalani Road, Kamuela, HI

    • Market days: Wednesday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM


Note that this is a *farm* market, not a *farmers* market. This means that you can buy farm-fresh produce from one provider (the Kekela farm) at the following two locations:

    • Directions: 64-604 Mana Road, Kamuela, HI 96743

    • Market days: Tuesday between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at 64-604 Mana Road

    • Directions (2): Waimea Town Market at Parker School, Kamuela

    • Market days (2): Saturday between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM


    • Directions: Pukalani Stables. 67-139 Pukalani Road, Kamuela, HI

    • Market days: Saturday from 7:00 AM to noon


    • Directions: 250 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

    • Market days: every Tuesday from 9 AM to 2:30 PM

    • More information: The Kings’ Shops weekly Farmers Market is held throughout the center and features local produce, crafts and freshly made pastries and jams.  More information at the ‘weekly events’ section of the


    • Directions: 55-514 Hawi Rd, Kapaau, HI, United States, Hawaii

    • Market days: every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the 1Heart Hub

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