Kapi’olani Community College Farmers Market: Attracting Hawaiian Flavors to the base of Diamond Head
There were so many tourists and locals that Kapi’olani Community College Farmers Market felt like a farmer-filled Mardi Gras. Of course, New Orleans has nothing as scenic as Diamond Head, the famous volcanic crater that serves as the backdrop for the sea of farmers market stalls.
Dean Okimoto is a third generation Hawaiian, with a grandfather who farmed above the University of Hawaii and a farming father who served in the 100th Batalion. 20 years ago, Okimoto worked with chefs like Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong to develop Hawaiian regional cuisine. He owns ‘Nalo Farms in Waimanalo and saw the need to help showcase and support other local food producers, so he teamed with food writer Joan Namkoong and Conrad Nonaka, Director for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific. They started with 16 vendors in 2003, and now KCC houses dozens of stalls.
— Food GPS