Start your morning off right at the highly popular Hilo Farmers Market. This large open air market is located along Kamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street downtown and is open twice weekly, each Wednesday and Saturday, from 6 am to 4 pm or as the vendors like to say "from dawn till it’s gone." Here you will find over 200 local vendors ranging from rural farmers and ranchers to seaside jewelry makers and artisans. Explore all the different stalls and vendors and find fresh produce, artisinal foods, and local handicrafts such as woodwork, shells, and jewelry. There are also many local eateries, bakeries, and amazingly delicious food trucks within this marketplace. This wonderful local shopping opportunity is open year round, unlike many continental farmers markets, so the season of visiting does not matter.
You may want to look online before your visit, or stop at the city visitor center, so you can pick up a location map and plan your morning beforehand. Online you may also check day-of notices, see in-season fruits and veggies, and get new vendor information and application processes. Navigate your way through the indoor food court, managers office stocked with apparel and souvenirs, the produce/food/flower section, the arts and crafts retail section, the lunch wagon lane, and the farmer's music corral, holding live and local tunes occasionally. Be sure to bring money to spend, wear comfortable walking shoes, and pack your sense of adventure for the exotic and delicious while here. Many tourists walk away raving about their favorite food trucks around this area, many further claiming the Green Papaya Salad Food Truck being the very best.