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. Check their website for more information and detailed driving directions.
What You'll Find at the Maui Swap Meet
The great thing about the Maui Swap Meet is that you'll find many of the same items that you will in the boutique and craft stores in Kihei, Lahaina, and Wailea for a lot less money. If you're looking for souvenirs of your visit to Maui you'll find t-shirts, necklaces, leis, and handmade crafts often sold directly by the artist.
You'll find lots of fresh Hawaiian flowers and wonderful fresh fruits, homemade baked goods and vegetables grown on Maui. It's a perfect stop for folks staying in a condominium to stock up on fresh produce for their stay. You'll also find lots of Hawaiian fabric at great prices.
If you're lucky you may also find some Hawaiiana dating back to the 30's and 40's.
Aloha Friday Farmers Market
Launched in April of 2005, the Aloha Friday Farmers Market is held every Friday from noon to 3:00 p.m. on the campus lawn and inside the Paina Building of the Maui Community College across from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on West Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului.
The Aloha Friday Farmers Market was launched to bring local produce to local people and visitors. Many farmers can't compete with off-island growers because of the high cost of production and land on Maui.
Here you'll find fresh Maui produce sold directly by many of Maui's best farmers. Much of it has been harvested the same morning.
On many Fridays you'll also find entertainment, door prizes, cooking demonstrations and dishes cooked by students at the Maui Culinary Academy.
Lahaina Civic Center Craft Fair
Held most Sundays, this craft fair takes place inside and outside of the Lahaina Civic Center at 1840 Hono’apiilani Highway in Lahaina. It's actually a bit north of Lahaina Town before the Kaanapali Resort area near the U.S. Post Office. (Please note that in 2017 and 2018, the Civic Center is under renovation and until it is finished, the craft fair will be at the Lahaina Gateway Center on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Here you'll find many of the same dealers that participate at the swap meet on Saturday over in Kahului. The big plus here is that the Civic Center is air-conditioned. There is a small admission charge.
You'll find a wide assortment of hand-made Maui crafts sold directly by the artists. This is a perfect place for Christmas shopping if you're on Maui in November or December.
Outside you'll find several vendors selling t-shirts and other more standard souvenirs.
More Craft Fairs on Maui
These are not the only farmers markets, craft fairs and swap meets on Maui. Like most places, Saturdays are popular for yard or tag sales at individual residences. A good source for current information is to pick up a copy of the Maui News on Thursday or Friday and look in the classifieds. You can also ask the desk or concierge at your hotel or condominium for any close to where you're staying.