The Kapiolani Community College Saturday Market is a great place to get a taste of authentic local culture. Just a short drive away from Waikiki near Diamond Head you will find prepared foods and drinks, tropical fruit, fresh vegetables, baked goods, and live music. From a product standpoint this is easily one of the top farmers markets that I’ve ever been to but the biggest drawback is the crowd of people that show up.
This picture was taken at around 10am and the place was absolutely packed. When we arrived the parking lot was full but luckily there were a steady stream of people who had arrived earlier and were heading out so it didn’t take too long to find a parking spot. As soon as we saw how many people were there we decided that we had to prioritize and try to grab some hot food before the vendors started running out of food. We didn’t even have time to do a scouting lap – if we saw something good we just jumped in line right away. All of the lines seemed to have between 5-15 people.
Our very first stop was Big Island Abalone where you could buy two medium-sized Big Island farm raised BBQ abalone for $7. Back home in Vancouver these cost about $9 each so two for $7 seemed like a steal and they were delicious! It ended up taking about 10 minutes to get through the line and we decided it was better to divide and conquer. Mrs A|T went one way and I went the other, each with one kid in tow. We would meet back in 20 minutes to divvy up the haul.
Since it was getting closer to mid-day the heat started to get to me. My first stop was Pacifikool Ginger Ale (left) for some refreshment. The Mrs and our kid that likes green things ended up getting a healthy looking veggie drink (right). We each also grabbed a some other cooked foods and headed back to our meeting place.
We weren’t sure if there would be any place to sit but then found that they had a box of bamboo mats that they loan out for free near a small grassy hill at the entrance to the market! Very Aloha!
I quickly scarfed down the food and ran back to the Ono Pop stand that I saw to buy some handmade Hawaiian Popsicles. If you ever see these in Hawaii or anywhere else stop and buy some. We bought one for each of us and then went back and got two more for sharing.
Located near Diamond Head [maps.google.ca], if you’re only in Hawaii for a week I think it’s worth fighting the crowds for the experience. I was tempted to keep my mouth shut and not blog about this place but there are already buses full of people who I assume are tourists that roll into the parking lot so it isn’t exactly a secret. The next time I’m in Hawaii I’ll probably check out the other farmer’s markets listed by the Hawaii Farm Bureau which I’m told are less busy and have some of the same vendors.
Note that the Saturday market runs from 7am to 11am. By 10:30 a lot of vendors had run out of the more popular items. If you plan to hit the Saturday market you’ve got to go early!
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