The best place to find color in Puna is at our thriving farmers markets. We grow so much food on the Big Island. And we are a friendly community that seizes any excuse to get together outside, so weekly markets are as much a party as a food source.
For the more pragmatic and focused, the early Sunday morning market in Pahoa is a no-frills place to buy local produce, honey, eggs, and ridiculously gorgeous, inexpensive orchids. You'll find it in a dirt parking lot on a side street in the town of Pahoa.
For a festival atmosphere with crafts, crowds, and lots of Puna flavor, Maku'u Farmer's Market is a party with produce on the side
You'll find clothing, gifts, music, dancing, soaps, all kine stuffs, and mostly enjoyment there because everyone has time to talk story.
But the most popular by far is Uncle's Awa Bar and Farmer's Market on Wednesday nights at Kalapana. Where the road ends and the fun begins...
The scene starts a little before dark. It's known for joyful lack of structure. Lots of music, food, and crafts. Vendors without phone numbers or internet presence. Kids. Chickens. Smiles. Beer. Kombucha. And the most amazing tie-dye I have ever seen.