The island of Maui plays host to a large community of local artisans, farmers, and ranchers. Markets pop up each week selling everything from tropical fruits and local delicacies to vintage items and handmade crafts. Here are some of the best flea markets to discover.
Maui Swap Meet is one of the biggest and most attended markets on the island. Each Saturday, visitors arrive at the University of Hawaii’s Maui campus parking lot, to admire a variety of wares for purchase. Local farmers sell their fresh produce alongside stands with woodwork, trinkets, honey, and organic kombucha. Many people admire the stalls while enjoying a gigantic shave ice or fresh pineapple before grabbing a bite to eat.
As the name suggests, locals head to Kihei for a monthly town party held on the fourth Friday of the month. Aside from local arts and crafts vendors, the event also includes free entertainment and tons of local food. Classic barbecue from Smoke & Spice and the poi mochi stand are just a few event favorites.
Maui’s oldest running farmer’s market sets up in upcountry Maui every Saturday offering unparalleled views and the island’s freshest produce. Maui locals shop for organic vegetables from nearby farms, roasted macadamia nuts, and locally grown coffee. There is also an impressive selection of prepared foods and baked goods with many vegetarian and vegan options available. Tropical plants and flowers like protea are also on sale.
Every Sunday, the island’s highly skilled artisans meet at the Lahaina Gateway to show off their work at the Maui Gift & Craft Fair. Visitors admire and purchase fine art and accessories inspired by the Valley Isle. Local artists exhibit hand-blown glass, ocean inspired jewelry, photography, ceramics, historical maps, and more.
Maui Mall in Kahului attracts visitors every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the farmers market and craft fair. Locally grown produce, homemade lilikoi (passion fruit) butter, and dips are sold alongside handmade items by local craftsmen.
Similar to Kihei, Wailuku also hosts its own town party on the first Friday of each month. Visitors roam the streets picking up handmade crafts and eating ono (delicious) food. The continuous local live music adds to the upbeat Friday night atmosphere.