Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market : This takes place every Saturday morning from 7:30 to 11:30 in the parking lot, about a five minute drive from Waikiki . Check their Events calendar for more information.

To get there, take Monsarrat Drive (near the Honolulu Zoo) for just over a mile and it will turn into Diamond Head Road. You will see the college on the left. There are about three dozen vendors from Hawaiian farms, restaurants, and bakeries, plus booths selling crafts and flowers. If you are going to be doing any of your own cooking while in Hawaii, this is a great place to pick up fresh fruits and produce. Munch on some fried green tomatoes, sample the salsa or the cookies (not at the same time), and stroll by the huge cactus garden at the college.

While you’re in the  Diamond Head  neighborhood on a Saturday morning, it’s a good time to stop off at some garage sales. Score some great bargains on books, luggage and beach toys. If you didn’t like the tiny coffee cups or coffee maker at the hotel, pick up a few mugs and a used coffee maker. You may also find a few unusual souvenirs... or visit with some local folks and pick up a few tips on what to see or do during your vacation.

The viewpoint from atop Diamond Head is famous and much recommended. However, if you are not in the mood for climbing there is an equally nice view from a spot that is not nearly as well known. The Pu’u Ualaka’a State Wayside is just off Round Top Drive and has a view of about 1/3 of the entire island of Oahu. There’s plenty of free parking, and it’s a great spot for a picnic. 


Another fun and unique thing to do is to visit the Diamond Head Winery where you can taste wines and even try your hand at making your own wine.

The Hawaii Food Tours company does a popular daytime tour called the Hole-in-the-Wall Tour that travels in and around Honolulu, showcasing the food, culture and history of the 50th state.  Definitely for those adventurous types who wish to learn about new places through its food.

Oahu Trailblazer, 2009

This guide has some great walks and waterfall hikes in the hills above Honolulu.


Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts 

There are many great shops for Aloha shirts, some are listed here, and you can find them at the swap meets, ABC stores, malls and marketplaces.  But one store stands out, that is Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts, located at 517 Kapahulu street.  It is off the beaten path and not for everyone.  It has thousands of shirts, new, vintage and antique.  The most prized ones hang from the ceiling like on a museum display, they are from the 1920's to 1950's, original shirts.  These shirts fetch premium prices, as in if you have to ask, you cannot afford them.  There are others from the 1960's to now on other racks and rounders. These are priced from $9.99 to several hundred dollars. They also carry very unusual new shirts, you won't find 10 people wearing on Waikiki. Last visit there were 2 aloha print COATS!  The best thing is that the staff is very friendly and can help you with histories of Aloha shirts from movies, etc., as well as information about other local events that you won't find in the guide books or here.  Enjoy, Aloha.