Hawi is one of the most beautiful and charming towns on the Big Island, with several upscale dining and shopping opportunities that promise to level up your Hawaiian excursion. When you crave something simple and straightforward, however, you’ll definitely want to stop in at the Kohala Grown Market. This small grocer focuses on local foods, providing both packaged goods and several smoothies (and hot meals) that can be enjoyed on the go.
The Kohala Grown Market is conveniently located near the local farmer’s market, making it a natural next step during your shopping excursion. It’s an especially helpful spot for anyone staying in accommodations with full kitchens. There’s no need to eat every meal out when you can prepare a few on your own.
Whether you stop by this market on a whim or in an effort to stock up on groceries, you’ll want to grab a few items to enjoy right away — plus several to save for later. This is your chance to score food-based souvenirs or gifts for loved ones. If nothing else, simply browsing the colorful items on display is enjoyable. Ultimately, however, you won’t be able to help yourself — the food simply looks and smells too delicious to pass up.
Dietary restrictions are not a big deal in this market, where vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options abound. Visitors looking to avoid gluten will appreciate the wide range of desserts offered here, many of which are made from gluten-free flours and may also include alternative sugars. No matter your dietary preferences, you won’t feel as if you need to compromise when you browse the wide array of products offered at the Kohala Grown Market
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
Kohala Sunrise Smoothie
One of several smoothies served in sixteen-ounce cups, this signature recipe makes for a wonderfully healthy breakfast — or a snack when you need some extra fuel for your Hawi adventures. It features papaya, mango, strawberry, banana, and coconut milk.
Green Sand Beach
When you crave something sweet but are also eager to up your veggie and protein intake, this smoothie is the way to go. Key ingredients include banana, dates, coconut milk, spirulina, kale, and ginger. This recipe also incorporates a healthy dose of hemp protein powder.
Rosemary Chicken Melt
Wonderfully flavorful, this organic rosemary chicken comes with melted cheddar cheese, plus sauteed peppers and onions. Add local tomatoes and pesto mayo — and you’re guaranteed a delectable sandwich. The fresh sourdough bread is arguably the best part, especially as the sandwich is finished with a Panini press.
One of several vegetarian lunch options, this sandwich features toasted ciabatta, plus housemade cashew pesto and fresh mozzarella. Other highlights include local tomatoes, spinach, and olive tapenade. Chicken can be added for an additional fee.
Hawaiian Taro Burger
If you’ve never enjoyed a taro burger, it’s time to give this vegetarian option a try. Featuring locally produced taro, this satisfying burger comes with melted cheddar, sauteed onions, lettuce, avocado, and tomatoes. Spicy aioli adds a burst of flavor, with the bakery bun providing the perfect finishing touch.
Smoothies, sandwiches, fresh produce…there is something for everyone at Kohala Grown Market. Treat yourself to premium local foods as you explore this Hawi icon. You’ll emerge with an armful of groceries, plus a stomach full of nourishing treats.
-While bottled beverages are available to enjoy onsite, significant savings are possible when you grab a growler and fill it with one of several excellent drinks. Favorites include kombucha, beer, hard cider, and non-alcoholic juice. After paying the initial fee for the growler, you’re welcome to return and refill for a low per-ounce price.
-If you prefer to drink your beer or cider onsite, you’re in luck; Ola Brew is on tap at Kohala Grown Market. This makes your visit feel more like a special occasion.