Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the Waimea Town Market located?

    The Waimea Town Market is located in the heart of Waimea (also called Kamuela), on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The Market is held on the Parker School campus at 65-1224 Lindsey Road, across the road from the park, and is in easy walking distance from most points in Waimea’s commercial center.  Free parking is available on the school grounds.

    What hours does the Market Operate?

    The Market is open year-‘round on Saturday mornings, from 8 a.m. to noon.  However, vendors may sell their products as early as 7:30 a.m., and many stay open into the afternoon if there are still visitors present. 

    Are the products at the Waimea Town Market produced in Hawaii?

    While we cannot guarantee that a particular product at the market is from Hawaii, or from the Big Island, our Market rules state that, with very few exceptions, products sold by each vendor should generally be created, made, grown, cooked or otherwise produced or prepared by the vendor in Hawaii, preferably on the Big Island. 

    Do you accept checks or credit cards?

    There is not a Market-wide answer to this question.  Local checks are accepted by many vendors while out-of-state checks are accepted by a few.   Some vendors accept credit cards. 

    Do you accept EBT?

    The Market organizers are working on a plan to accept EBT, but at the current time we are not able to accept this form of payment.

    Do you have restrooms?


    May I bring my dog to the Market?

    The Market is dog-friendly, so if your best friend gets along well with others, feel free to bring him or her.  Please keep your dog on a leash and be prepared to pick up in the event the unspeakable happens to happen.  Mahalo for your cooperation.

    May I smoke at the Market?

    Parker School rules prohibit smoking on campus.  Therefore, smoking is not allowed at the Market, in the parking areas, or anyplace else on the property.  Thank you for keeping the school grounds smoke-free.

    How are Market food vendors regulated?

    Market food vendors must obtain a Temporary Food Establishment permit or hold a permanent food vendor license, from the Hawaii State Department of Health.  A current permit or license must be maintained with the Market Manager in order to sell at the Market.   Although not required to do so, most food vendors also keep a copy of the permit in their booths, and can show it if requested.  Note that personnel from the Department of Health review the products that the vendor is offering, the methods of preparation, and other food safety issues (including proof of preparation of many items in a commercial kitchen) prior to issuing a temporary permit.

    May I pass out promotional flyers or other materials at the Market?  

    Distribution of flyers or other materials, to market visitors or to market vendors, is prohibited, as it is disruptive of the market atmosphere.  For the same reason, solicitation of any kind is prohibited.

    May my organization have a booth to raise funds (or awareness) at the Market?

    The Market offers opportunity for certain community-wide, non-profit organizations, service organizations, and the like to raise funds or promote activities.  Generally, a request for a space for this kind of activity may be made by application to the Market Manager, and is subject to the approval of the Market’s Steering Committee.  The Committee rarely approves the sale of products, except in cases where the product is integrally associated with the organization.  When space for fund and awareness-raising activities is offered, it is free of charge; however, the organization must have a tent, table coverings for all tables used, and a sign, and must abide by the Market rules.

    Does the Market have a “Lost and Found” Department?

    Found items may be turned in to the Market Manager, who will generally hold them for several months.  Our trove of found items is purged from time to time of items of lesser value as storage space availability is limited.