You haven’t fully experienced Maui unless you’ve visited this market, exposition, community gathering and social event crammed into a few hours every Saturday. Vendors come from all over the island to sell pineapples, papayas, lettuce, estate jewelry, lilikoi butter, Tahitian pearls, ‘ukeleles, bikinis, orchids, bonsai trees, aloha shirts, crackseeds, nose flutes and Pele’s hair. The latter is something like Spanish moss.
Gathered under tents vendors now take up residence on the grounds of Maui Community College. There’s even plenty of paved parking. The market used to set up in a dusty field near the Kahului Post Office. Parking could be a half mile away. Unchanged at this spiffy site is the entry, 50 cents.
Maui Swap Meet is in the back parking lot at Maui Community College off Wahinepio Road. Or enter at Wakea and Kaahumanu.