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Oahu for Foodies

Oahu for Foodies

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 featuringlilikoi (passion fruit), mango, or guava are an excellent choice, but for a heartier option, tryloco 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, orfern shoot saladmade 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 includingimu-roasted kaula pig, poi, andhaupia (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 Japanesetakoyaki 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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Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

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Experience a traditional Hawaiian luau with sunset coastal views at Paradise Cove. Enjoy a welcome Mai Tai and authentic Hawaiian fare, including fresh seafood, kalua pork, and tropical fruit during this 5.5-hour experience. Watch the sunset and enjoy entertainment from Hawaiian musicians, hula dancers, and fire twirlers. Three dining packages are available to customize your experience, and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is available.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.00
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Private Hawaiian Food Tour by Bike in Oahu

Private Hawaiian Food Tour by Bike in Oahu

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Get an insider's perspective on the best spots for local Hawaiian food during this bike tour. Stop at several different restaurants, bars, and cafes for some local favorite bites and tastes, sampling food at 5 to 6 stops, accompanied by information on Hawaiian culinary traditions from your guide. Meeting point is in central Waikiki.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Honolulu Food Tour: Best of Chinatown

Honolulu Food Tour: Best of Chinatown

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Explore the classic tastes and cutting-edge flavors of Honolulu’s Chinatown on a 2.5-hour food walking tour of this historic cultural crossroads. Follow your guide along a 1.5-mile (2-km) route, and pause for a series of tastings at locally-loved restaurants and cafés. Learn how Oahu’s colonial and immigrant histories shaped Chinatown's culinary traditions, fill up on island flavors that meld Asian cuisines with American classics, then finish your tour in the heart of the city. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.17
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Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local

Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local

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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. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.93
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Hawaiian Style Cooking Classes in Honolulu

Hawaiian Style Cooking Classes in Honolulu

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Try your hand at traditional Hawaiian cooking during this hands-on cooking class in Honolulu's Diamond Head neighborhood. It's one thing to eat out at local restaurant, but to truly appreciate Hawaiian cooking, you need to get your hands dirty. With the leadership of a chef/guide, learn to prepare Hawaiian favorites then, sit down to eat with your group, including a glass of wine or beer.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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