Ko Mahiai Makeke: Growing and Thriving 

Ko Mahiai Makeke began in November of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, and itʻs been growing and thriving ever since. The marketʻs sign at the Kukui Mall went up and farmers, island entrepreneurs, and musicians set up their tents to welcome friends, ohana, and visitors to their new market. The sign says it all, and the market continues to offer a medley of plants and produce, arts and crafts, plus produce, garden supplies and baked goods. Melanie Kehau King Kealani, a Kula farmer, born and raised on Maui, established the market with the generous support of Caldwell Bankers and the Kukui Mall owners. 

Kehau’s daughter has a booth right next to the entrance and sells her Kopa Haiku Skin essences at the market.  Kehau has made a pledge to Maui entrepreneurs and farmers to provide a place where they can bring and sell their wares to support their ohana and share the aloha spirit with people who come to visit the market and purchase locally made and grown items. 

Everything from avocados, papaya, and mango to carrots, lime, and tomatoes are brought to Ko Mahiai Makeke, meaning farmers market in Hawaiian. This market is bursting with fresh fruits and veggies grown under the Maui sun. Amidst the mall parking lot under colorful tents find friendly vendors selling snacks, chocolate, charms and jewelry. Custom stamped shirts and children’s books by local authors are also offered and a delight for everyone.

Ko Mahiai Makeke boasts a popular booth from Molokai that is known by the locals for its sweetbread with luscious cream cheese and fresh fruit fillings. A trip to Molokai always includes at least one stop to the famously tucked away bakery. And when they visit the island, they are sure to bring back plenty of sweetbread to share. Thanks to the Molokai Hot Bread booth, customers can enjoy this special treat right here in Kihei.

Music is piped into the market adding ambience to the fun vibe. Local artists are invited to come and play their instruments and sing for the crowd as well! Thanks to Kehau for her vision, time, and unselfish dedication, the livelihood of Maui entrepreneurs and farmers has a place to grow and thrive!

The Details:
Ko Mahiai Makeke, Saturdays, 8am -12pm 
1819 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
Vendor Contact: Melanie Kehau King Kealani, 808-359-9103, komahiaimakeke@gmail.com 

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