Shopping at Maui’s Local Markets

Today we’re going to explore the vibrant and diverse markets of Maui. If you’re planning a visit to this beautiful island, or even if you’re a resident here looking to explore, this blog post is your go-to resource for discovering the best shopping spots that Maui has to offer. From handcrafted jewelry to fresh produce, these markets are filled with unique treasures and local flavors. Let’s dive into the bustling world of Maui’s markets and uncover the gems that make this island so special.

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Kihei Market: Stop & Smell the Huli Huli Chicken

Our journey begins at the Kihei Market, a charming spot Located near Aeka Plaza, open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. This market is a haven for handcrafted items and local crafts. One of the highlights here are hand carved wood sculptures made by a talented artisan. The attention to detail in these pieces is simply breathtaking. As you stroll through the market, you’ll find an array of beautiful, handcrafted items that make perfect souvenirs or gifts. You can also get Huli Huli chicken, or fresh coconuts!

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Aloha Open Market: A Quick Stop

Just down the street from the Kihei Market, you’ll find the Aloha Open Market. This spot is home to a variety of vendors, including a scooter rental shop, Maui Fish Company, food trucks, and a Kava bar. It’s a great little spot to spend an hour or two. You can grab some lunch, relax with a drink at the Kava bar, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. The Aloha Open Market is a great place to unwind and take in the vibe.

Kalama Village: A Shopper’s Paradise

Next, we head to Kalama Village, located right across from Kalama Park. This market offers a wide range of jewelry, souvenirs, and fun artwork. The village has a charming courtyard that connects to the “Triangle”, where you’ll find even more restaurants and gift shops. Whether you’re looking for a unique piece of jewelry or a fun souvenir, Kalama Village has something for everyone.

Maui Gift and Craft Fair: Midweek Market Adventure

On Wednesday mornings, make your way to the Maui Gift and Craft Fair, situated at the corner of South Kihei Road and Keonekai Road, right in front of Kamaole Beach Park 3. This market is perfect for finding unique jewelry, souvenirs, and handcrafted items. Unlike some of the other markets, this one doesn’t feature fresh produce, but you’ll still find plenty of treasures to take home. It’s a great midweek adventure for anyone looking to explore more of what Maui has to offer.

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Lahaina Gateway Gift and Craft Fair:

Another gift and craft fair held on Sunday mornings. There are so many vendors here. Some of them are at every market, and some are unique to this market.

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Kula Farmers Market: Fresh and Local

For those who love fresh produce and locally made products, the Kula Farmers Market is a must-visit. Open Saturdays from 7 AM to 11 AM, this market features an array of fresh veggies, fruits, and other Maui-made goods. This is THE farmer’s market on Maui. One of the unique aspects of this market is that all products are locally grown or made, ensuring you’re getting the freshest and most authentic Maui experience. From apple bananas to Maui honey, the flavors here are unmatched.

Meet the Artisans

One of the best parts of exploring Maui’s markets is meeting the talented artisans behind the products. For example Javier Gaytan is a skilled artist at the swap meets who specializes in Raku pottery. This unique form of pottery involves rapidly heating and cooling to achieve beautiful, one-of-a-kind colors and patterns.

Another vendor is Alpha, and they create jewelry from recycled skateboards. Their creativity and craftsmanship turn old skateboards into stunning pieces of wearable art. And don’t miss the pet accessories from Humble Barks, where you can find stylish and functional items for your furry friends.

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Why Visit Maui’s Markets?

Visiting Maui’s markets is more than just a shopping trip; it’s a cultural experience. These markets are filled with small businesses and local artisans who pour their heart and soul into their work. By shopping at these markets, you’re supporting the local economy and helping these talented individuals thrive.

Unique Souvenirs

Forget the typical tourist souvenirs – at Maui’s markets, you’ll find unique, handcrafted items that you won’t get at big chain stores. From intricately carved turtles to handmade jewelry and fresh produce, each item tells a story and offers a piece of Maui’s rich culture.

Cultural Experience

Immerse yourself in the vibrant community and culture of Maui. Each market has its own unique charm, offering a mix of familiar and new stalls. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, these markets provide a glimpse into the island’s creative spirit and community life.

Plan Your Visit

As you plan your visit to Maui, be sure to include these markets in your itinerary. Here’s a quick rundown of the markets mentioned:

  • Kihei Market: Open Monday through Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Aloha Open Market: Open daily, hours vary
  • Kalama Village: Open daily, various hours Located across from Kalama Park
  • Maui Gift and Craft Fair: Open Wednesdays, 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Kula Farmers Market: Open Saturdays, 7 AM – 11 AM
  • Lahaina Gift and Craft Fair: Sundays 9 AM -2 PM

Final Thoughts

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to the markets of Maui. These vibrant, bustling spots are the heart and soul of the island, offering a unique shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for a special souvenir, fresh produce, or just a fun day out, Maui’s markets have something for everyone. So, on your next trip to Maui, be sure to stop by these markets, support local artisans, and take home a piece of the island’s aloha spirit.

Mahalo for reading, and happy shopping!

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