The People’s Open Markets will reopen under their regular schedule beginning Saturday, Sept. 19.

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(SOURCE: CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU)

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Founded in 1973, the People’s Open Market (POM) was formed to accomplish three goals:

  1. Provide the opportunity to purchase fresh agricultural and aquacultural products and other food items at low cost.
  2. Support the economic viability of diversified agriculture and aquaculture in Hawaii by providing market sites for local farmers, fishermen, or their representatives to sell their surplus and off-grade produce.
  3. Provide focal point areas for residents to socialize.

An estimated half a million people shop at the 25 market sites each year. Prices are usually lower than retail stores. Many ethnic fruits and vegetables not normally found in the large retail stores are found here. Each market operates once a week and lasts about an hour.

The markets are closely regulated by the POM staff. They conduct weekly price surveys at various stores to determine a recommended price for the POM vendors to follow, supervise the arrival and departure of the POM vendors to ensure safety for both vendor and consumer, and monitor each vendor to ensure that they comply with all City, State and Federal government rules and regulations, ordinances and laws affecting their participation in the POM.

HISTORY OF THE OPEN MARKETS

The beginning of the open markets is attributed to Mrs. Joyce Fasi. After hearing concerns of women in a discussion group regarding the high cost living in Honolulu and in particular the high cost of food, she relayed these thoughts to her husband, then Mayor Frank F. Fasi. The People’s Open Market were thus started to assist farmers with selling their “off-grade”, “ungraded” and surplus produce and at the same time help lower food costs for the citizens of Honolulu.  Today, the People’s Open Market has evolved and farmers now bring mainly first grade produce to sell at discounted prices.  

The first People’s Open Market (POM) was started at the Banyan Court Mall location in Kalihi in November, 1973. People in other communities began requesting their own POMs. Soon, a caravan of POM farmer/vendors were traveling to various sites to help citizens purchase low cost food items.

The POM staff determines a recommended price that the vendors may sell their produce at (usually 35% below the retail prices). This is done by having the staff do weekly price checks of the retail stores in the city to calculate the POM price. The City also requires all vendors to be authorized to accept food stamps to help those who are on fixed incomes. Vendors may sell below, but not over, the recommended prices.

At the POM, you will find many kinds of ethnic fruits, vegetables and other food items that are not ordinarily available in grocery stores. Depending on the ethnic make-up of the neighborhood, you will find different varieties at different sites.

If you are interested in being a POM vendor, please contact the POM office at (808) 768-9299.  There are only a few basic requirements to sign up and best of all, it’s free!

Market Schedule

Markets are CLOSED on all City Holidays!
Click on the Day of the Week or on the *name of the open market to see more information about the open market and how to get there.

MONDAYS
Honolulu City Area
TUESDAYS
Leeward – Central Area
*Mānoa Valley District Park
2721 Kaaipu Avenue
6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
*Makiki District Park
1527 Keeaumoku Street
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
*ʻĀina Moana (Magic Island)

*Currently relocated to the Canoe Hale Parking Lot due to a parking lot reconstruction project*
Ala Moana Regional Park
1201 Ala Moana Boulevard
10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
*City Hall Parking Lot Deck
Alapai and Beretania Streets
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*Waiau District Park
Komo Mai Drive
6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
*Waipahu District Park (EBT token program)
94-230 Paiwa Street
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.       
*Wahiawā District Park (EBT token program)
*Temporarily relocated to the upper parking lot near the pool off of Kilani Avenue, until further notice*
N.Cane St. and California Ave.
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
*Mililani District Park
94-1150 Lanikūhana Avenue
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
WEDNESDAYS
Honolulu City Area
THURSDAYS
Windward Area
*Pālolo Valley District Park
2007 Pālolo Avenue
6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
*Old Stadium Park
2237 South King Street
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
*Kapiʻolani Park
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
*Waimānalo Beach Park (EBT token program)
41-741 Kalanianaʻole Hwy.
7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
*Kailua District Park
21 South Kainalu Drive
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
*Kāneʻohe District Park
45-660 Keaʻahala Road
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
FRIDAYS
Leeward Area
SATURDAYS
Kalihi – Hawaii Kai Area
*Hālawa District Park
99-795 Iwaiwa Street
7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
*Ewa Beach Community Park
91-955 North Road
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
*Pōkaʻi Bay Beach Park
85-037 Pokai Bay Road
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m 
*Kamehameha Community Park
1400 Kalihi Street
6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
*Kaumualiʻi Street (EBT token program)
700 Kalihi Street
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
*Kalihi Valley District Park
1911 Kamehameha IV Road
10a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
*Salt Lake Municipal Lot
5337 Likini Street
11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Noon
*Hawaiʻi Kai Park-n-Ride
300 Keāhole Street
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
SUNDAYS
Leeward Area
*Kapolei Community Park
91-1049 Kamaaha Loop
7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
*Royal Kunia Park-n-Ride
Kupuna Lp./Kupuohi St.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
*Waikele Community Park
94-870 Lumiʻaina Street
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

TYPES OF PRODUCE

In multi-cultural Hawaiʻi, you’ll find a variety of foods associated with the different ethnic groups. Fresh ocean and pond fish as well as farmed shrimps and prawns are also available – many sold “live.” In addition, a variety of Hawaiʻi grown flowers, such as ginger, orchids and anthuriums are for sale.

Chinese turnip, or “daikon”
Red ginger and assorted flowers
Parrot fish, or “uhu”

SHOPPING TIPS

The People’s Open Market (POM) vendors are bound by a set of rules and regulations. These rules and regulations were created to ensure that the POM operates smoothly and fairly for vendors and as well as their customers. It is the vendors’ responsibility to see that their customers follow the rules and regulations. They are subject to citations and displinary action including dismissal from the program for failure to comply with the rules and regulations.Please cooperate with the POM vendors. Here are some of the POM shopping tips:
Plan ahead! There will be times that the market will start or end a little earlier or later than officially scheduled (5 – 10 minutes) due to certain conditions — traffic, road conditions, school, weather, etc.

  • Do NOT bag or ask vendor to reserve items before the start of the market (sound of an air Horn)!
  • Do NOT cut in lines that vendors have formed!
  • Do NOT shoplift!
  • Do NOT squeeze or mistreat fruits and vegetables (papayas, tomatoes, etc.)!
  • Do NOT bring animals (except seeing eye/working dogs)!
  • Do NOT litter!
  • Do NOT ride bicyles through the shopping area. Park on the sides of the POM.
  • Do NOT park illegally, double park or block driveways!
  • Park in marked stalls ONLY!
  • Bring your own shopping bags, packages and cartons!
  • Be careful when the POM vendors’ trucks and vans are entering or leaving a POM site!
  • Be considerate of other shoppers!
  • Bring small bills and coins!

PLEASE KOKUA! MAHALO!

To save on food bills, shop around – compare prices!

For more information, contact:
People’s Open Market Supervisor
1527 Keʻeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 768-9299
E-mail: openmarket@honolulu.gov

Click HERE for a link to the People’s Open Market Rules and Regulations.

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