It’s not quite a farmers market but rather a culinary market that happens every Wednesday at The Shops at Kukuiula on Kauai. The market focuses on more than just locally-grown goodies; it shares the flavors of the islands by way of local cuisine and cooking as well.

From juicy steaks to fresh-baked pies, the culinary market is best experienced on an empty stomach. This should be no problem to customers, since the market happens right around dinner time – or as we call it in Hawaii, pau hana (after work, end of the day).

And in the true pau hana fashion, there is always live entertainment by local performers and – of course – wine and beers. More specifically, an entire “garden” of these pick-me-up beverages for the adults. Always a great way to celebrate the end of another wonderful day in paradise, and not to mention, wash down all that tasty food.

There are more than two dozen vendors at the Kukuiula Culinary Market. Make sure to stop by Anoano Pono (pictured above), which specializes in holistic remedies, as well as tasty locally-made creations. (Her guacamole is sooo ono!) Owner Ilysea Sunderman does a great job in sharing the taste and beauty of the islands as a local herself, born and raised on Kauai.

July because it’s a culinary market doesn’t mean there will be no fruits and veggies for sale. In fact, customers can still find local spices, jams and cheeses, too.

I love this market because it’s like a bizarre of all things wonderfully Kauai. People enjoy stopping by for a light dinner and pupu (appetizers) and then going to watch the sunset at Poipu Beach just down the road. Truly an island way of ending the day!

Photo Credit: Noa Myers

KUKUIULA CULINARY MARKET

• Wednesdays 4 to 6pm • The Shops at Kukuiula, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Rd., Poipu, HI • www.kukuiula.com • 808-652-5092

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