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Jul 2, 2013 01:38 AM

Fresh Lychee?

Aloha Hawaii chowhounds,
I'm home visiting for the next week and want fresh lychee. Where is the best place to get some?

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    1. costco had local lychee a few weeks ago

      otherwise killersmile's suggestions are correct

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      1. re: macsak

        they had, but I haven't seen it at the Iwilei Costco in the several times I have gone since.

      2. I have seen them at Koolau Farmer's in Kailua and Kaneohe. They also have a nice selection of papaya, banana and other local produce. I think people forget that.

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        1. re: manomin

          i think there's also a koolau farmers in kapalama in that same center with sugoi and young's fish market

          1. re: macsak

            ya, it's by chuck e cheese/DMV/kalihi pet center off of Dillingham.

            called Chinatown marketplace. it's open every day regular business hrs.

          2. re: manomin

            Thanks, going to try Kailua location tomorrow.

            1. re: HNLgirl

              Kailua only had bananas and an empty shelf for lychee, but got some at the Kailua farmers market!!! $5.50/lb.

          3. It's high season for lychee, so it kind of depends on how much you want to pay per lb. and if it matters to you whether the lychee is from the Big Island or Oahu. I've seen lychee at the Farmers Markets, at Foodland, at Don Quijote, at Koolau and in Chinatown. Chinatown has the best selection because it has the most vendors in one place, and the fruit is not prebagged as it is at some of the othe places so you can usually taste what you're going to buy.

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            1. re: honu2

              yeah, this seems to be a really good year for lychee
              lots for sale
              usually, everyone keeps it for themselves and friends/relatives

              1. re: honu2

                I'm on Oahu. Going to ck Kailua farmers market today.

              2. Went to don Quixote this morning, nothing at the kaheka st. Location so I got dragon eyes/longan ~$5 a bag. I'm staying in Kailua for a few days so I'm going to try koolau market tomorrow. Otherwise, my cousin will get some from her source, but he only comes on Fridays.
                Mahalo everyone for the tips.

                My friend took these from Don Q's last week:

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                1. re: HNLgirl

                  Wow, $8/lb is pretty expensive. I think that's the highest price I have seen so far.

                  1. re: HNLgirl

                    we have a longan tree but no fruit at the moment.

                    I can't stand the stuff!