Get Your Shop On At The Maui Swap Meet
Looking for some great shopping in Maui? Then look no further, the Maui Swap Meet is held every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College (formerly known as the Maui Community College) just off of Ka’ahumanu Ave in Kahului – Directions & Map below. Check their website for more information. It’s the largest open air market on Maui and has been running since 1981!
You’ll find hundreds of vendors and free parking.
• Bring some reusable shopping bags to carry home your loot
• Wear a hat
• Wear sunscreen
• Bring an umbrella
• Get there early if you’re shopping for fresh cut flowers from upcountry
• Come hungry, there’s a lot of food to try
• Be Polite if you are bargaining, living on Maui is expensive and many vendors here are doing this as their second or third job to afford living in this Island Paradise.
• Be adventurous. You’ll find unique foods here to try for the first time. Like Manapua, or Malasadas. Never had a fresh coconut? Now is your chance! Yum!
Don’t let the name ‘Swap Meet’ fool you. At this local market you’ll find everything from tourist souvenirs to local honey to freshly made banana bread and everything in between. It’s a lot of fun to shop and pick up souvenirs, T-shirts, fresh fruit and veggies, fresh baked banana bread. If you’re like me you love a fresh cracked coconut! You can find Malasadas, fresh juice, hot dogs and more.
It’s well worth the visit for the local style grinds (food) and availability of fresh local fruits and veggies. Make sure to pick up some ‘Apple Bananas’ or a delicious ‘Custard Apple’ (Cherimoya). On my most recent trip I bought an amazing Custard Apple from one of the vendors. It’s not a fruit that we find often on the Mainland and it’s well worth trying. Have a vendor help you pick a ripe one or almost ripe one. They should be a little bit soft.
You’ll find over 200 vendors selling food, crafts & more. Small admission fee (at the time of this posting it is $0.50 per person.
Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,