If you could visit just one of Chef Peter Merriman’s restaurants, it should be his flagship Waimea location. Merriman’s Waimea has been praised by Honolulu Magazine as the “Best Big Island Restaurant” for 15 consecutive years. 15 years. Insane. And yes, the food is indeed delicious. Chef Merriman defined what became known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine, along with other notable chefs, including Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, and George Mavrothalassitis.
Fresh fruit, local pastries, and artisan meats are just a few of the gems that you’ll be able to find at the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market. Every Thursday, this eclectic market sets up shop on the beautiful grounds of Waimea Valley. This farmer’s market felt a bit more festive than your typical farmer’s market. Maybe it was the fresh acoustic sounds of Paul Izak filling the air. Or the smell of the macadamia nut sticky buns. Whatever it was, I realized quickly that the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market was the farmer’s market to be at.