When you’re on Oahu on a Saturday, there’s nothing quite like living local: Rising early, going for a surf or swim in the sea and then perusing fresh, tropical produce for a delicious Island-style DIY brunch. The KCC Saturday Farmers’ Market, a weekend tradition for many Honoluluites, is where you go to satisfy the latter.
The weekly event has blossomed from a collection of traditional farm stalls to include vendors proffering regionally-made value-add products: jams, honeys, flavored salts, sausages, breads, taro chips, popsicles and bean-to-bar Hawaiian chocolate. Unique and niche produce vendors sell microgreens, sea asparagus, locally-caught seafood and fresh-cut tropical flowers. On any given Saturday you’ll find upwards of 70 food and artisanal edibles vendors.
Gift items are omnipresent and despite the tourists that come by the bus-full to find unique-to-Oahu souvenirs, the weekly event retains its local charm.
After shopping, take a short walk through the college’s exotic desert landscaping featuring rare and endangered Golden Barrel Cactus, towering saguaro, agave and aloe vera.
The market runs Saturday mornings only from 7:30am-11am on the grounds and in parking lot C of Kapolei Community College (4303 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu).
It is serviced by TheBus routes 3, 22 and 58. Follow the Hawaii Farm Bureau on Twitter @HFBF1 for weekly tips, updates and specials. Always go early for the best selection.