Maku'u Farmer's Market, Pahoa
The Big Island, Hawaii, United States
Pahoa is a tiny town favored by crystal-lovers, dreamers, and alternative farmers. Instead of being a tourist, you can check out local culture at the Pahoa Farmer's market, also called Maku'u Farmer's Market, on Sunday mornings. When we went it was pouring buckets of rain, as it usually does on the Hilo side of the island. There were stalls displaying crystals, beaded jewelry, unusual knickknacks, and my favorite: exotic tropical fruits. We bought a pound of lychees for only two dollars, and then drove along in glee peeling and delighting in each one.
We were told that many locals from the market head out to Kehena Black Sand Beach (23 minutes drive south) in the afternoon on Sunday and play in a drum circle that hypnotically continues until dark.
Another place to stop is Star of the Sea Catholic Church (16 minutes drive south), a sweet little painted church built in 1930 and moved out of the way of a lava flow in the past, at 12-4815 Pahoa-Kalapana Road.
For a huge party, go on Wednesday nights at 5pm to Uncle's Awa Club (18 mins drive south) at 12-5038 Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa.
While in the area, check out the lush forest and giant monkeypod trees at Lava Tree State Park (eleven minutes drive southeast). Also, check out Pahoa Lava Zone Museum, to learn more about the amazing 2018 lava flow (open daily 11-5). There are many cafes, coffee shops, and an organic market near the museum.
For acai bowls, check out Kalapana Smoothie Shack.
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Maku'u Farmer's Market is located on the left side of Hwy 130 as you head south from Kea'au to Pahoa. It's before you get to Pahoa.
Open Sunday mornings, 8am-2pm. Parking costs $2.
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