If it's Wednesday or Saturday, the place to be on Hawaii's Big Island is the Hilo Farmers Market located at the corner of Mamo and Kamehameha Ave. in downtown Hilo.
Popular with island visitors and even more popular with locals, the Hilo Farmers Market features over 100 local farmers and vendors selling a wide assortment of merchandise.
While the market features some of Hawaii's best flowers, fruit and vegetables, it also features a wonderful selection of food products including coffee, cheese, honey, fresh baked goods, macadamia nuts and even Big Island Kettle Corn. It's a wonderful place to sample the cuisine of the many ethnic groups that call the Big Island home.
If you're looking for souvenirs or Hawaiiana to take home as a remembrance of your visit, there are plenty of vendors selling artwork, jewelry, Hawaiian quilts, clothing, soaps, candy, lotions and even salad dressing.
The market opens at dawn and is open till afternoon. You can visit their website for more information.