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If you’re staying in Waikiki and like to check out local farmers’ markets, the KCC Farmers’ Market is a good place to start! There is plenty to eat and see here and you can always burn off a few calories with the Diamond Head Hike next door.
I love going to farmers’ markets when I travel. There are sure to be local vendors and one of my favorite things is experiencing something that I can only get at that destination. The Kapiolani Farmers Market at Kapiolani Community College is one of my favorites. There are a ton of local vendors and it’s easily accessible. Parking is plentiful and free and KCC is a beautiful campus with gorgeous views of the surrounding neighborhood. Also, since Diamond Head is right next door, it’s easy to pair the two up into one day.
Expect fresh fruit and veggies, as well as several tropical flowers such as torch ginger, bird-of-paradise and a variety of anthuriums (all of which last extremely long and are perfect as a gift). If you’re looking for a meal, you’re in luck. There are a ton of food options from burgers to grilled abalone that are sure to hit the spot. If you’re lucky enough, head over to Pig and the Lady for a spectacular meal.
KCC Farmers’ Market
★★★★ on Yelp
Saturday 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Tuesday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Local tips: Since this is a farmers market, there aren’t many vendors selling small trinkets or souvenirs so if you have younger kids who grow bored easily, make sure you have a backup plan. Although Kapiolani Farmers Market has a lot to see and eat, the market itself is on the smaller side and can get very crowded with both locals and tourists. I recommend getting there when it opens on Saturday morning to avoid the traffic, hot sun and long lines. The Pig and the Lady is probably the most popular food vendor there, but not to worry if they can’t squeeze you in. Just check out their restaurant in Chinatown!
Check the Hawaii Farm Bureau site if you want to know who’s going to show up at the next market or what kind of food, fruits, vegetables and local vendors you can look forward to.
Recently, party bike pedaling tours have caught my attention and this activity is fantastic for large groups. This farmers market party bike tour run by Paradise Pedals will take you to the beautiful Kakaako area where you’ll be able to explore the architecture, boutique shops, downtown art and another favorite of mine: the Kakaako Farmers Market! Paradise Pedals also has a great private charter tour package as well as a bar hopper run.
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