Outdoor markets are all the rage lately, and Oahu is full of them - both farmers markets and one huge outdoor swap meet. There are farmers markets on every part of the island, and all sell local produce and locally made food and crafts. On Saturdays at Kapiolani Community College at the base of Diamond Head, a bustling farmers market happens from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Here shoppers can find the usual farmers market fare from locally grown fruits and vegetables, to locally made crafts and home decor, and of course, plenty of ready to eat food.
In Central Oahu at Mililani High School at 95-1200 Meheula Parkway, a smaller than most farmers market happens each Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. This one has a lot of great stuff, but less vendors than some of the other markets around the island.
On the east side, the Longs Drugs parking lot hosts an evening market from 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. It’s located at 609 Kailua Road and has a loyal following of residents from Kaneohe and Kailua who come for the fresh produce. One of the highlights here is the locally made poi from a nearby taro patch.
On the North Shore is the Haleiwa Farmers Market just outside of Haleiwa town. This is big one that on average draws over 3,000 shoppers each Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They have over 50 vendors on average.
A truly amazing shopping experience is an outdoor swap meet called the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Aiea. The huge market gathers on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays pretty much at the crack of dawn and runs until around 3 p.m. Here you’ll find everything from clothing to jewelry to home decor to food and other knick knacks. Some of the highlights are shells and accessories. It takes places in the circular parking lot around the stadium, you can’t miss it.