If you love fresh produce, visiting a farmers’ market on your vacation in Hawaii is highly recommended. Besides the fact you get fresh produce from local farmers, the price you find at farmers’ markets is often much better than in supermarkets or stores. A farmers’ market is also where you can find souvenirs from local artists, thus you can find a unique item that is perfect for you.
Read on to find out about the top Farmers’ Markets in Honolulu, with some of them right beside Waikiki.
1. KCC farmers market, the biggest in Honolulu
KCC Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7:30 am to 11:00 am and is held at a much smaller scale every Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kapiolani Community College parking lot. The Saturday KCC Farmers’ Market is by far the biggest farmers’ market you can find in Honolulu, thus the most popular so it attracts both locals and tourists. The KCC Farmers Market is just a 13 minutes drive away from Waikiki. Because of the attractive location close to Waikiki, many tourists enjoy visiting this farmers market on Saturdays. You can easily walk or run to this farmers’ market or take a bus, which drops you off right in front of Kapiolani Community College. It is also right by the starting point of Diamond Head Crater hike so it would be a perfect Saturday activity to do before or after the Diamond Head hike. There are many venders, thus everyone will find a great breakfast, brunch, or souvenir by visiting KCC Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
2. Find the best local vegetables at Honolulu Farmers’ Market
Honolulu Farmers’ Market is held on every Wednesday in the evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. This is a very local farmers’ market since it is little away from Waikiki, but located in Ward. You may see a few tourists, but most of the customers are locals looking for fresh local produce. The farmers’ market is held at the front lawn of Blaisdell Concert Hall. I personally found the best vegetables and fruits at this farmers’ market compared to others in Honolulu when considering the price and variety, thus this is one of the farmers’ markets that I always return to when in Honolulu. Because it is held on Wednesday evenings, you see many locals stopping by after work to do shopping, thus many tend to have big bags full of produce at this farmers’ market.
3. Find local souvenirs at Kakaako Farmers’ Market
Kakaako Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday at the Ward Center in Ward from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. While the KCC Farmers’ Market is much bigger and more popular, this farmers market has charm of its own. It is smaller, but you can find good local produce as well as local artists’ crafts that will be a perfect gift for your loved ones back home. There is also always music playing, so if you want to attend a farmers’ market on Saturday without much hassle with parking or lines, this would be a good farmers’ market to go to. It is also right by Ala Moana Beach Park, Ala Moana Center, and a movie theater so there are plenty of things to do before or after going to the Kakaako Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
4. Hyatt Farmers’ Market, the market in a Waikiki hotel
Hyatt Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in Waikiki at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa on Kalakaua Avenue. It is becoming more popular due to its great location in the heart of Waikiki Beach. It is not as large as the KCC Farmers’ Market nor the Honolulu Farmers’ Market, but it is perfect for tourists who are looking for something to eat on the beach while watching the sunset. There are also quite a large number of local artists displaying their arts and crafts, so you may find something unique for souvenirs. You can decide to take your produce back to your hotel room, to the beach, or even sit at the Hyatt seating area to enjoy your fresh local produce right away.
5. Pick up dinner at King’s Village Farmers’ Market
King’s Village Farmers’ Market is a very small farmers’ market held at Kings Village. Even though it is a small farmers’ market, it is popular because it is held 4 times a week: on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. If you miss the Hyatt Farmers’ Market on Thursday just around the corner, you can still make it to King’s Village Farmers’ Market the following day. Though it only has a few venders, you can still find fresh local produce and tasty snacks that you can take back to your hotel room or to the beach. You won’t see any vendors that sell souvenirs, but you can certainly find food that you cannot wait to try like a Hawaiian doughnut, Malasada, and fresh fruit.
Enjoy the taste of aloha!
If you are a foodie, definitely try at least one farmers’ market when you are traveling to Hawaii. Farmers’ markets are very popular in Hawaii, so you’ll usually find one or more throughout Honolulu on any given day. If you are traveling, you most likely eat out a lot so it would be a good break to get fresh local produce and maybe take your food to eat at the beach and enjoy a picnic. Many of the hotels also have condominium style rooms, so if you have a kitchen, get creative with the items you find at the local farmers’ market. Going to farmers’ markets also allows you to meet the locals and learn about food culture. It will surely enrich your stay in Hawaii.
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