A bright yellow Hawaiian hale sits off the highway to your left as you are heading up the road towards Princeville or Hanalei. Â An unassuming sign heralding âBanana Joeâsâ is visible on the side of the driveway. Â It is a classic, old-fashioned fruit stand you donât want to miss! Ten years ago was the first time we went inside Banana Joeâs to find a perfect white pineapple. Â It is a special dessert pineapple that only grows in the summerâusually. Â We found so many fun things in the little market we almost forgot the pineapple!
They have local produce with strange sounding name like rambutan, lychee, and jack fruit plus many others. Â They also carry multiple types of bananasâwell, it is Banana Joeâs! Â There are also jams, syrups and fresh made smoothies. Â Youâll find local citrus from lemons to pomelo. The fun thing is that they never mind explaining all the different things they carry. Â âThis tastes sort of likeâ¦.â Â or âThat might be a little tart.â
There was one farmer who had some of the white pineapple in November. Â Â They knew. Â They know quite a bit about Kauai and keep on top of things growing around the island. Â After 25 years in business they have made a place for themselves among local people and visitors alike.
Look around outside. Â You might see some of those exotic treats growing on the trees!
One of our first stops when we arrived âon islandâ was Banana Joeâs to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables. Â Â Now that we are living here, we make sure we take guests to the little yellow fruit stand for local color and island specialties.