Explore the thriving KCC Farmers Market on side of Diamond Head. With 80 local vendors selling fresh produce, Hawaii made products, and lots of local delicious food booths to choose from. This market takes place each Saturday mornings from 7:30 am to 11 am.
Wake up early on a Saturday morning and head to this one-of-a-kind farmers market for fresh produce, local made treats, and brunch.
Located on the Kapiolani Community College campus and across the street from the Diamond Head tunnel entrance, this special Honolulu market surfaces only for a few hours and gone before noon time.
So don’t procrastinate and make sure you give yourself extra time to get there and explore.
The KCC Farmers Market is one of my favorite Oahu shopping experiences not far outside Waikiki. I love it because you get to eat your way through it, and walk away with lots of inspiring local products to spice up the kitchen pantry.
The market spans over a long bottom level parking lot arch and continue on a few rows up, featuring up to 80 different participating vendors.
We always look forward to finishing off our market stroll with an early lunch, before everything shuts down at 11 AM. And trust me there will be lots of local restaurateurs to choose from with lots of tempting choices.
Sometimes we go overboard and order a few creations from different select booths, just to get a sampling from the market.
Popular restaurant popups like Crepes Hawaii, North Shore Cattle Co., and Guava Smoked draw crowds to the KCC Farmers Market.
And you’re in for a treat if award winning Pig and the Lady from Honolulu Chinatown shows up. It’s hard sometimes to get a reservation to their downtown location, but here you only have to wait patiently in line at their tent.
The market starts around 7:30 AM on Saturdays, but arriving by 9 AM gives me enough time to walk the whole market, make a few purchases, and hit up the food stands.
Unlike the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet where you can easily spend half a day walking around and still not see everything, this is more of a friendly market that is friendly and manageable.
It’s easy to find locally grown vegetables and tropical fruits at the KCC Farmers Market. But you’ll also be surprised to find freshly caught fish including Ahi, Mahi Mahi, Opah. Ono, Tako (octopus), squid, shell fish and more.
When passing through the produce area, keep an eye out for some of the fresh tropical fruits that are in season.
It’s pretty common to see coconuts, pineapples, and papayas in the market year round, but look for some unusual treats like longan and rambutan in the winter, lychee in the spring, passion fruit, lychee & mangoes in the summer, and dragon fruit in the Fall. Ask the vendor if they have samples that you can try…
I also look for new and unusual pantry items to spice up my kitchen and meals back home. I’ve found smoked Hawaiian sea salt, tropical infused jellies, butters, dressings and sauces, local beef jerky, special teas, taro chips, island cookies and more.
If you love Hawaii’s tropical plants and would like to take some back home to plant, you’ll most likely find it here. Look for different types of ginger, plumerias and pikake plants which produce beautiful flowers.
Take time to say hello to some of the merchants. There is a good chance they are the owners of the products they are representing.
They are proud of their creations and what they have grown, and are usually willing to tell you about the process and time it took to create their goods. And I promise you there are some fun stories told throughout the market.
You will definitely have a good selection of competing restaurant popup booths to choose from. Here are a few temping choices amongst them…
Ever had an OnoPop? They are creamy popsicles with lots of delicious island flavors to choose from, including Butter Mochi, Chocolate Apple Banana, Kona Latte, Pineapple Li Hing, and Guava Tamarind.
You can find OnoPops in some of grocery stores as well, but why not indulge in one while walking around…it will only cost you $3.00.
If you missed or unable to make the weekend KCC Farmers Market, you’ll be happy to know there are a few similar farmers markets happening around the island, including a Tuesday afternoon KCC Farmers Market (note much smaller in size).
Take the Oahu Bus # 23 from Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki towards Diamond Head, and get off once you reach the Kapiolani Community College bus stop.
Ask your bus driver to notify you once you have reached your destination.
Learn more about the KCC Farmers Market
Located across the street from the KCC Farmers Market is the entrance to the Diamond Head Crater and hiking trail. There is a hiking trail that will lead you up to the 760 foot summit, with beautiful panoramic views.
Give yourself a couple hours to explore the round trip 1.5 mile hike.
This is a beautiful Oahu beach is located close to Kapiolani Community College. It's spot I like to visit after the market wraps up, and sometimes even consider bringing my farmer market lunch to.
And even if you're not planning going into the ocean, Diamond Head Beach has a nice half-mile strip of sand to take a stroll on.