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Oahu for Foodies

By Viator, June 2018

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With poke shacks and menus touting traditional Hawaiian fare cropping up in cities around the US, there’s never been a better time to visit the source. Hawaii’s rich culinary history, gastronomic fusion of Pan-Pacific flavors, and growing locavore movement help make Oahu a hotbed of food culture serving unique cuisine. Here’s where to start.

Must-Try Dishes
For breakfast, smoothies featuring lilikoi (passion fruit), mango, or guava are an excellent choice, but for a heartier option, try loco moco. It features a fried egg-topped hamburger patty atop a bed of white rice and smothered in a rich, brown gravy. For your next meal, save room for some real local food: plate lunch. The typical format includes a meat like North Shore garlic shrimp, char siu pork, teriyaki beef, or chicken katsu served with a scoop each of white rice and macaroni salad. For dinner try island-raised or -caught fish like Kona kampache or monchong and—if you can find them—sides of 'ulu (breadfruit) fries, purple mashed sweet potatoes, or fern shoot salad made from native forest-grown hoio.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Luaus and sunset cruises couple entertainment and tropical cocktails with the chance to sample many types of Hawaiian food including imu-roasted kaula pig, poi, and haupia (coconut) pie.
  • Take a food tour where tour guides help you navigate the restaurant-rich areas of Chinatown or Ala Moana. Stop at secret local spots to find the best food in Honolulu and taste-test popular options including Japanese takoyaki dumplings, boals of saimin rice noodles, Spam musubi (think sushi rolls with Spam in the middle), and shave ice. 
  • Head out on a foodie bike tour to cover more ground and burn calories along the way.
  • Take home some knowledge with a cooking class—learn the proper way to dice poke or spend time crafting a chocolate bar from Hawaii-grown cacao.

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Make Your Own Chocolate Bar Class in Chinatown Oahu, Oahu, null
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Make Your Own Chocolate Bar Class in Chinatown Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Make your very own chocolate bar! With unique flavors such as caramelized ginger and spicy chipotle pepper, you can create your own work of art! Learn how ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.49
Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, Oahu, Cooking Classes
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Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Rock your senses with a prix-fixe menu at the Honolulu Hard Rock Cafe. Classic American cooking comes to the heart of the Aloha State, where you’ll enjoy a 2- ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.49
Paradise Cove Luau, Oahu, Dining Experiences
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Paradise Cove Luau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 976 Reviews

Don't miss a sunset luau at Paradise Cove Luau - it's one of the largest and most respected luau shows in Hawaii. If there is one experience you must have ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.00
Farm-to-Table Tour at Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe, Oahu, Cultural Tours
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Farm-to-Table Tour at Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe

For the agri-curious: follow your fork from the fields to your table. Meet the farmers behind your food as they introduce you to the chickens, ducks, ...  Read more

Location: Waianae, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local, Oahu, Food Tours
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Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover the delicious flavors of Hawaiian cuisine on a 2.5-hour food and walking tour that visits hidden gems in Honolulu’s bustling Ala Moana neighborhood. ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.99
Hawaiian Style Cooking Classes in Honolulu, Oahu, Dining Experiences
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Hawaiian Style Cooking Classes in Honolulu

Cook like a local in a Hawaiiana style home! A unique three hour cooking and dining experience in the majestic Diamond Head area. We will prepare and cook a ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.00
Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise with Live Hawaiian Entertainment, Oahu, Cooking Classes
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Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise with Live Hawaiian Entertainment

4 star rating: Recommended 105 Reviews

Enjoy an island'style buffet dinner on a relaxing Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise as the sun sets on another Hawaiian day. A favorite of families and couples ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.40
Honolulu Food Tour: Best of Chinatown, Oahu, Dinner Cruises
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Honolulu Food Tour: Best of Chinatown

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

From a French dip sandwich with a Vietnamese spin to award-winning pizza, taste some of the best bites that Hawaii’s capital has to offer on a food tour of ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $138.38
Hawaiian Foodie Tour by Bike, Oahu, Dining Experiences
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Hawaiian Foodie Tour by Bike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Pedal to the base of Diamond Head with its unique neighborhoods and secluded beaches. Visit 10 to 16 local eats in the Diamond Head, Kapahulu and Kaimuki ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
The Famous Hole-in-the-Wall Tour, Oahu, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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The Famous Hole-in-the-Wall Tour

Our Famous Hole-In-The-Wall Tour (9am-1PM; $139 per person * now Includes ALL your Food, Fun, Transportation & Taxes!) is the single best tour in ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs

From USD $139.00

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