Oahu is home to an abundance of interesting and delicious fruits and vegetables, including common foods such as bananas, cabbage, and carrots as well as more exotic foods including lychees, rambutan, and taro. As you feast your way through a two week vacation, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy many of these Oahu favorites.
For a more in-depth look at Hawaii’s produce, however, consider visiting one of the many Ko Olina area farmers’ markets. In addition to tasting a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be able to interact with local farmers and learn more about each food item’s peculiarities. If you’re a food enthusiast, consider visiting one or several of these local markets:
1. Kapiolani Community College (KCC): KCC hosts a Saturday morning Farmers’ Market from 7;30 to 11 am each week. The largest local market, farmers sell a wide selection of produce as well as homemade jams, breads, and pastries, fresh meat and seafood, and flowers. Vendors also sell specialty food items such as seasoning mixes and homemade honey. Visitors often arrive to peruse the various items for sale while enjoying breakfast on the go provided by one of the area restaurants.
2. Fresh Fridays: Kaiser-Permanente’s Honolulu Clinic hosts a farmers’ market each Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm to sell fresh, local produce. Periodically, the market includes cooking demonstrations and various educational programs regarding healthy living, dietary suggestions, and other food preparation and preservation techniques.
3. Waikiki Farmers’ Market: Every Monday and Friday, King’s Village in Waikiki hosts a farmers’ market from 4 to 9 pm. This market includes fresh fruits and vegetables as well as pre-prepared Hawaiian foods. The artisanal foods section features crafty dishes made by small local restaurants.
4. Haleiwa Farmers’ Market: Located on the North Shore, the Haleiwa Farmers’ Market offers fresh produce, meat, cheese, and eggs to visitors to the northern areas of Oahu. This market is open every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm and also features ready to eat food items ideal for a meandering lunch.
5. He’eia Open Market: The He’eia Open Market is more focused on arts and crafts, artisanal products, and flowers and other beautiful plants rather than raw produce. Located at He’eia State Park off Kamehameha Highway, the market is open to visitors from 9 am to 3 pm on Sundays.
These are just a few of the many farmers’ markets located on Oahu. Their selection of produce, meats, dairy products, and various creative goods will allow you to experience another dimension of Oahu life. By meeting and interacting with farmers, chefs, and local artists, you will learn more about the rhythm of Oahu and better understand the basis for Hawaii’s fresh and flavorful cuisine.