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Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local provided by Aloha Food Tours

Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local

Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h 30m
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 30m
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6809MOANAFOOD
Important information
Inclusions
  • Food tastings
  • 20% gratuity at sit down establishments
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (optional) to your tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • Location Name: Central Honolulu Location Address: Entrance on Rycroft St Return Location: Central Honolulu
  • Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii
Additional information
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Inclusions
  • Food tastings
  • 20% gratuity at sit down establishments
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (optional) to your tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Location Name: Central Honolulu Location Address: Entrance on Rycroft St Return Location: Central Honolulu
  • Oahu, Oahu, Hawaii
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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21 reviews
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Ashna B
Maroochydore, Australia5 contributions
Jan 2020
I've been to Hawaii twice, and visited all the islands, and this was absolutely my favourite activity. We were picked up from our hotel, and taken on a wonderful journey through different local food spots.

Lanai was an incredible host, and clearly a knowledgeable guide and chef. Every single place he took us was amazing - I still dream of the food. He was warm and friendly, and gave us a great overview of not only the food, but the history of Hawaii. I would jump at the chance to try any of his other food tours overseas. Genuinely a travel highlight. You can't come to Oahu and not try this tour! Worth every penny!
Written January 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kristofer A
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Lanai was a great host! We learned a lot about the history and development of Hawaiian food and had great traditional and modern food in local joints. Definitely not Waikiki tourist food! I definitely recommend it!
Written January 22, 2020
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jennifer m
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Booked the Ala Moana tour wk. of July 27th with my husband, son (19) and myself. We are foodies and always very interested in trying local cuisine and found this tour to be very well rounded. Right off the bat we had dessert which was a red velvet waffle with Taro cream cheese and white choc. topping accompanied by a Taco Latte - delicious and not too sweet. Next we tried Shoyu Chicken - BBQ chicken, very good and a snack of Spam Mosubi (if you like spam you are golden). Next we visited a Food Truck where we sampled BBQ Back ribs and shrimp - melt i your mouth. Next, we tried a Steak roll with Ponzu sauce and Garlic chips and the last sampling we ended up with a Shaved Ice - great ending, very creamy, nothing like a snow cone and fresh fruit. The history of the cuisine was very informative. A must do when you are in Honolulu
Written September 3, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MrsFloyd415
Tampa, FL2 contributions
A guy called me 1-2 days before our food tour to let me know he was sick and would need to cancel our food tour. I was disappointed but hopeful he would feel better so I asked for him to give me a call back to reschedule for that same week if he started feeling better. Well, I never got a call and he never refunded the $220 either. I have since made phone calls (left a voicemail) and he has not called me back so I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do now that it’s October and we were supposed to do this tour back in July. I would not book with this company and I really hope they see this review and make it right. I will be leaving this same review everywhere I can.
Written October 27, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BClark
Belgrade Lakes, ME7 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
My husband and I own a catering business and try food tours when we travel, whenever possible. We were visiting Hawaii for the first time and were excited about this food tour. Ryan, the guide and also business owner, was nice and knowledgeable of the local food. However, we felt this tour was extremely disappointing and overpriced for what we received. We expected to visit several nice restaurants in the downtown Honolulu area, but that's not what was happened. The first stop was an average restaurant that makes poi pancakes. One plate with a stack of four pancakes was put in the center of the table for us to share with the other three guests on the tour. We also each received a drink made from some kind of poi powder and that tasted pretty good. The next stop was a Asian place where my husband and I were given a bowl of oxtail soup to share. That was very tasting and fulfilling. The tour went downhill after that. .Ryan took us to a local bar that he visits. We got rushed in and out of there because the business was booked up for the evening due to two sporting events that were being televised. We shared a chicken plate and a local dish, called Loco Moco, with the other guests. The last three stops consisted of an Asian food market, where Ryan bought two small packages of poke (raw tuna) for five guests. We sat outside at the food market at a picnic table. The next stop was a very small local place with six seats where we received one small musibi (rice with spam wrapped in seaweed), value of $2.00, which we took with us and didn't even eat, as there weren't any seats open at the time. The final stop was at a Walgreen's where my husband and I were given one cup of Dole whipped pineapple dessert to share.
Written November 16, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

atchung
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
My partner has been involved in the operation of hospitality businesses for over 10 years. We travel frequently and enjoy visiting food establishments of all kinds both on our travels and at home. Ryan who is the owner and tour guide for Aloha Food Tours is nice, but the tour was a disgrace.

We researched this tour online using TripAdvisor and Aloha's website as primary sources. The testimonials were mostly not reflective of our experience, except for the lady who posted on November 16, 2017. Also some of the photos are questionable as we definitely didn't receive what was pictured. Hence we felt the need to share our experience.

In summary, it went downhill after stop 2 and the value for money in terms of food and experience was not there. After calling up all the places, the total cost for my partner and I was no more than USD$50 and the effort from the tour guide did not justify the USD$210 cost of the 2.5 hour tour.

Stop 1 - Poi pancakes from a local restaurant
Stop 2 - Oxtail soup from a local restaurant
Stop 3 - Garlic chicken at a local pub that seemed to be like Ryan's regular drinking hole as he knew most of the patrons and staff. This venue was dirty, filthy and it smelt. This was the moment when we first had suspicions that this tour was amateur, but this could have been overlooked if the rest of the tour was like the first two stops.
Stop 4 - Poke. Ryan bought about a quarter pound (113g) of poke from the local supermarket and we ate it from a container on a bench just outside of the supermarket. This was appalling as we could have gone to a local restaurant to eat poke, but instead, Ryan purchased this from the local supermarket, presumably to keep the costs down.
Stop 5 - Spam musubi to the value of $1.69 each, which I took away but didn't eat.
Stop 6 - Ryan made a substitution for shaved ice-cream. We walked to a gelato distributor that had no shop front. We walked in through the back. There was an old fridge with about 15 small tubs of gelato (5 flavors) to choose from ($2 each). Then we sat at back with the car park as a back drop. I had a couple of spoonfuls and threw the rest out.

This tour has potential, but needs work.
Written March 15, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

hrscatamacchia
Hampton, NH8 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
There were 5 of us vacationing together - all with very different food likes and dislikes - and each of us came away from our tour raving about the unique foods, interesting hole-in-the-wall spots we discovered, and how it was one of our favorite parts of the trip.

Ryan was very friendly and organized about setting up the tour. He even took into account that one of our party wasn't a huge sushi fan. The spots he took us to were definitely ones we would have walked by without a second thought, and Ryan had an interesting story about each of the dishes he ordered for us and why it was a popular local choice.

Walking around the city between the stops was a great way to see some of the different areas of Ala Moana, and it gave us a chance to burn a few calories and make some room for our next delicious tour stop.

We had so much fun during this food tour - I definitely recommend it to anyone visiting in or around the Honolulu area!
Written November 6, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amysuehere
Austin, TX9 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Wow! We were expecting the "normal" food tour - what we got was a Private tour with Lanai Tabura! Yup, just my husband, myself and Lanai. Such fun!

Not only was the tour full of yummy local food and places we would have never found (even with all my research - I base my vacations around where I'll be eating), he helped me find places to eat over the rest of my vacation, and even responded quickly to a sudden opportunity we had the next day! How cool is that?

He has great prospective and we were made to feel like friends visiting him personally instead of a tour guide. We were beyond stuffed by the end of the tour.

I would say this is a must if you are on Oahu - we came from the North Shore just for this tour and it was soooo worth it!
Written April 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

j2kdad
Rancho Cucamonga, CA31 contributions
We were dropped off by Lyft at the address shown on the website. It was a sketchy looking parking lot behind the restaurant (Yogurstory). We walked to the front and it was much nicer. We were early so we waited inside for Ryan. He came in told us about himself and asked us about ourselves. He ordered us ubi pancakes with coconut sauce and taro lattes. Everything was so purple. The pancakes looked like they would be very sweet but they were only mildly sweet and light. The taro latte was refreshing. Next we went nextdoor to Asahi Grill for oxtail soup. Ryan explained how it was made and how to eat it. He was very knowledgeable of the food. He explained that the soup was like a Chinese comfort food. The broth was flavorful and the oxtail meat very tender. Next stop was Don Quijote Market, an Asian market with a Spanish name, interesting. The market was huge. They had everything in there. Ryan brought us to the poke bar where he allowed us to pick out 3 kinds of poke with fresh fish instead of previously frozen. He was very accommodating to my wife and daughters who were hesitant about trying raw fish. He got edamame for them. We went outside to some benches while Ryan got some other food for us to try. He brought us some takoyaki (balls with octopus) and steamed buns. The takoyaki were very soft the octopus was chewy (interesting texture). My son and both my daughters tried the octopus. I was impressed. The steam buns had pork and were very soft and delicious. He got one with chicken for my wife because I had told him that she liked chicken (brownie points Ryan 👍🏻). Our next destination was Iyasume Musubi. Here we had spam musubi and miso butter fish. This was a very small place. The food was a hit. The fish was so light and delicate with a nice flavor. We all devoured our spam musubi. Everyone was stating to get full. We had only one more stop and that was for shaved ice. Ryan explained the difference between Hawaiian shaved iced and snow cones. He also explained how there were different syrups. The place we went to was Cafe Plumeria. We got three orders. Strawberry Cream, Coconut/Mango and Guava/Li Hing. All were delicious and gone in a matter of minutes.

Overall, Ryan was very knowledgeable about the food. Like me he likes to eat and shares his love of food with others. My wife and kids liked him. He was personable and he even emailed us a little review of our tour with pictures that he had taken at every stop. If you like to try places not overrun with tourists, check out Aloha Food tours.
Written July 14, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Torin F
2 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Had a wonderful time getting an opportunity to walk around a few blocks of Ala Moana and sampling some of the local eats that you can't really get back home. Every stop had something new and interesting to try, and there wasn't a single thing I tried that I really disliked. Ryan (our guide) was super friendly and knowledgeable and made sure everyone was happy at each stop, and really took a personal touch with each stop. I would strongly suggest bringing a bottle of water and an empty stomach. While almost every stop did offer water or something else to drink, the last two stops did not and I found myself wanting water right at that point. The empty stomach is self explanatory, as I thought I would be famished if I skipped breakfast, but quickly got full by the third stop. Pace yourself and you'll be fine.
Written February 4, 2018
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l3tang
l3tang
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Ceased Operations
On the day of our tour, we got a text and email that our tour was cancelled because they "recently ceased operation
theresaaegan
theresaaegan
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food tour
Food was delicious and of an interesting variety. Guide was friendly but did not offer any historical information r
1jak-ta
1jak-ta
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Highly Recommend Aloha Food Tours!
Ryan took us to several places where we sampled wonderful oxtail soup with steamed rice, fresh poke in shoyu-sesame
cfparent
cfparent
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Accommodating and knowledgeable
Ryan did a great job of introducing us to Hawaiian culture and food. We have been on food tours in other cities/cou
Phyllis S
Phyllis S
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Exactly what I signed up for.
If you are looking for high end restaurants with wine paring this is not the tour for you. If you want to know how
heidik473
heidik473
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Lots of food!
I've been on other food tours where you left hungry- not this one! Very knowledgeable guide and lots of variety.
remy s
remy s
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An amazing experience
Thanks to Lanai we had an unforgetable experience visiting Waikiki and Oahu for the first time. Our experience was
Laura A
Laura A
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Most amazing tour!
Lanai was the best tour guide! He brought us to many different local spots to try Hawaiian cuisine, from shaved ice
Brayball
Brayball
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Foodie Fun in Chinatown
We had a great time in Chinatown with Ryan. Lots of food to enjoy and good conversation. This is our "go-to" acti
Aleks S
Aleks S
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A Great Allrounder
A great walking tour. It was just the three of us which although myself and wife were thinking this might be intimi
lsuzanne2017
lsuzanne2017
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Chinatown food tour
Our tour guide Ryan gave us a great food tour of Honolulu's Chinatown. We had a delicious array of food plus we enj
Frances V
Frances V
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Honolulu Food Tour: Eat Like a Local
Excellent. We had a chance to try typical foods enjoyed by the locals which are not commonly seen on tourist menus
Jill226
Jill226
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Fun Food Tour
Great off the beaten path food tour with a genuine foodie. Tried a lot of items that we would not have otherwise kn
crys1908
crys1908
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Awesome experience!
Ryan was totally awesome! I'm so glad my husband and I were able to enjoy the foods that the locals enjoy. It was r
Duke4365
Duke4365
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Excellent Tour
This was an amazing tour. Perfecto! My wife and I came here for our honeymoon. She wanted a food tour from the loca