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Hi!
We (myself, wife, and toddler) are going to be staying in Waikiki for a week, and wanted to gorge ourselves on tropical fruits (mangoes, durian, lychees, etc...). I imagine the area around Chinatown would be the best place to head. Can anyone recommend a few shops to go to? (closer to waikiki the better)

Also, to save money we thought eating lunch out and dinner at home would be the best (when we are not eating all that fruit for lunch) Any great cheap places to grab a bite, particularly in Waikiki, but certainly downtown as well. Willing to walk/bus it.

Thanks for your tips!

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  1. None of those fruits is currently in season, so availability will be sporadic. Chinatown is probably a good bet - it's not big, so just park and walk around to see what you see. If you'll have a car, you might take a drive out to the Northshore and beyond and check out the fruit stands along the highway.

    1. If you are here on a Saturday you definitely must go to the KCC Farmer's market near
      Diamond Head. You will see everything that IS in season. Right now as the other poster
      mentioned the things you want are not in season. You can also find lots of things to
      make your meals at home. We shop there every week and get most of our food for the
      week. There are also many stands with pre-made food that are fun to eat from.

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      1. re: manomin

        Thanks all. What are the best fruits that are in season now?

        1. re: chezball

          Here's a great chart that you should check out for seasonal HI fruits and vegetables:
          http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/acad/buyf...
          It's the 'Island Fresh Hawaii Seasonality Chart' from the HI Farm Bureau (and other organizations).

          1. re: Aleka

            Excellent resource. The fruits mentioned by the OP are not in season in January, but, it being Hawaii, some fruits are available even in their "off-season", although they are not usually as plentiful and sometimes (often?) not quite as good as they are in season.

            The farmer's market is a great suggestion - I've heard great things about that KCC one, but I haven't been to it.

            1. re: akq

              http://www.hfbf.org/

              This is the official site of the farm bureau. On the left side of the homepage is
              the schedule of markets affiliated with HFBF and by date lists vendors and
              items offered for sale. It is updated every Thursday.

              1. re: manomin

                in addition there are the People's Open Markets which move location throughout the week. Not nearly as good as the Saturday Market at KCC, sometimes you can find some really good buys, and they occur throughout the week.

                http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/pr...

      2. here are a few older threads on waikiki, and especially cheap eats. hope this helps, some of it may be out of date, but not much has changed.

        (best hole in the wall) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421684
        (sunday dinner waikiki) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444640
        (cheap eats Honolulu) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/424931
        (Oahu Cheap & Tasty) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/259032
        (Budget Waikiki) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/511446

        1. Fruit stalls/shops will be easy to find. the food stalls deep inside the Manukea marketplace will be harder to find. Just ask: people very helpful here.

          1. There is a little fruitstand on Beachwalk-just before you get to Trump's new building going up. on same side of street as you are walking towards the Outrigger Reef.

            1. Here's the tropical fruit I saw on Friday in Chinatown: bananas, papayas, pineapples - widely available. Sporadic showing of: rambutan, star fruit (aka five-finger); loong an (aka dragon eyes); pomelo.