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Walk through the Ala Moana neighborhood and sample Hawaiian cuisine during this 2.5-hour tour. Visit some of the local hidden gems, led by a Hawaiian native who fills you in on the history, culture and influences that have shaped traditional Hawaiian food. Taste an array of savory and sweet dishes with a small group of twelve people or less, ensuring an intimate experience. 

Highlights

  • Try a variety of Hawaiian treats during tastings that include up to six hearty samples
  • Visit locally owned establishments that are favorites of Honolulu residents
  • Sample classics including shave ice and snacks made with taro (a starchy root that is a native Hawaiian staple)
  • Note the Asian influences in Hawaiian cuisine in dishes like loco moco and spam musubi
  • Explore the Ala Moana neighborhood’s best eateries
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people provides an intimate experience with fellow food lovers

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Your guide takes you from one amazing eatery to another off the beaten path. All of the eateries are locally owned and independent, not chain restaurants. You may want to take this tour early in your Honolulu visit so that you have time to return to your favorite places on your own.

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What You Can Expect

Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local

Loco moco can be found in various forms on many Pacific islands from Hawaii to Samoa to Guam and Saipan, and is also popular in Japan

Find your way to the tour's meeting point in central Honolulu to meet your native guide and small group of twelve people or less. Listen to a short introduction to traditional Hawaiian food and get to know your group as you dig in to your first dish. Your local guide is a food-loving native who will show you the best places to eat in Ala Moana, far off the beaten path. 

During the course of your 2.5-hour walking tour, cover about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) and stop at up to seven locally-owned and operated establishments. As you walk, your guide will share cultural and historic commentary about Ala Moana, one of the most populous neighborhoods in Honolulu. 

The menu is subject to change, but you may sample such traditional Hawaiian delicacies as garlic shrimp, Hawaiian BBQ baby back ribs, takoyaki (Japanese dumplings), SPAM sushi, ube pancakes, loco moco and the ubiquitous shave ice. 

At the conclusion of the tour, return to your original meeting spot with a full belly and lots of ideas of where to eat during the rest of your time in Honolulu. 

Please note: This is a sample itinerary, and the dishes are subject to change due to availability without notice. If you have any food allergies or special requests, please note them at the time of checkout in the 'special requirements' field. 




Customer Reviews

Robert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Ryan was great. We walked to the initial meeting spot from our hotel on Waikiki Beach about 45 mins. All the restaurants were within comfortable walking distance. The food was excellent, and Ryan was a great guide. A tour like this is a very worthwhile use of an afternoon while in a different country/city to get away from the tourist eateries and experience the food locals eat. Can't recommend enough.

jen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour - places we might not have found on our own, and a great intro to Hawaiian cuisine and the many influences. Our guide Ryan was great - we would definitely recommend this tour.

Jimmy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Ryan was the best tour guide we have ever had. He rocks!

Allison

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

If you want to eat like a local - I would recommend this tour. Our guide, Ryan, was very informative and provided us with some of the history of the food that we were eating. I tried everything and liked most things. I would recommend this tour for those foodies who are open minded and adventurous in their food tastes. A great way to visit some eating establishments that most tourists would not go to or know about.

Sherry O USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The Eat Like a Local Hawaii Food Tour lived up to its name, as all of the places he took us were places no tourists ever would have wandered into on their own. In fact most were little local dives and food courts with delicious Asian-inspired food. However all of them were places I’d come back to in a heartbeat. This is the real side of Hawaii that few people get to experience. Far, far away from the touristy luaus and sunset dinner cruises. This is the real Hawaii.

melbourne505

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Your guide was very friendly and we had the opportunity to taste local foods (that locals eat!) and some more modern traditional Hawaiian food.

Richard C D

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour with Ryan as guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. Went to about six different restaurants and had a meal course at each. I am not an adventurous eater but I had things I would never eat at home and it was all delicious. Items included oxtail soup, taro coated pancakes, raw fish, garlic chicken, and eggs with hamburger to name a few. We ate at out-of-the-way places where the locals go. Easy walking tour over several blocks. Spent about three hours. Highly recommend.

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