Local Tastes of Maui
Local Tastes of Maui
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Come see the other side of Maui! Discover the treasures of the historic plantation towns! The walking tour visits either Paia on the North Shore, Makawao in Upcountry Lahaina or Kihei.. Food samples and viewing work of local artists are included in the tour. You will hear the rich history of the towns while tasting the culinary treasures and experiencing Maui from a local perspective. Tour includes easy-listening audio device and discount card.
Makawao, Hawaii

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Chris H
Rancho Cucamonga, CA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We have never done a food tour before, so I am not an expert on these things. What I can tell you is that it was time well spent. Sharon is a great host and does her best to make sure you enjoy yourself, learn about the area, and get to try samples of food from the local shops. It was a very nice way to spend a morning strolling, eating, and learning.
Written June 7, 2021
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Eaten T
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
I went on a tour of Paia with The Local Tastes of Maui and had a blast! The tour was tasty, informative, and lots of fun. Cindi knew lots of great local stories and clearly has a passion for Maui. We had lots of good food including coconut pancakes, a smoothie, some local fruit, hummous and more. I would highly recommend this tour, a great way to learn about the culinary culture of Paia and Maui.
Written February 12, 2015
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marco d
Milan, Italy1,835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We tried the Kihei tour - which is the latest addition to their offering.
A lovely lady, Laurel, greeted us in front of Fred's Mexican Café, where we had the first delicious food sample (huevos rancheros). But the very special part of this tour are the stories , aneddoctes and legends offered by Laurel about Maui history and traditions.
She knew everything about the island and Kihei in particular, being a professional writer and historian; she also shared memories and fun facts about life in the island and changes which have taken place in decades.
We remember, among others , a few very interesting stops of the tour, when we could sample banana bread, cinnamon roll, pudding, plate lunch, smoothie and gelato vs ice cream .
Time quickly passed by , as the tour was really both enjoyable and instructive.
You also get to know good places where to go for your own meals : remember , as “ Local taste of Hawai’I customer” you have a 10% discount in those venues.
Thank you , Laurel, for the beautiful morning we spent together.
Highly recommended
Written September 7, 2014
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Bill and Lana Roderick
Richmond, CA4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
I booked a tour online and was told my card would be charged the day of the tour. Great! I thought. The night before the tour, at 7:15, I received a call from the owner saying due to COVID-19 they weren't doing the tour in Kihei, but were doing the one in LaHaina, with some changes, and she would send me a list of where they would have taken us and we could do it on our own. I called her back to confirm her message and was only able to leave a voice mail. She never called back. She never sent the list. And if they aren't doing tours due to COVID-19, which everytelse is up and running, How or why are they able to do the tour in LaHaina where it is much more crowded?
Written February 21, 2022
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Meri in Cary
Cary, NC4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I have been on food tours in several major cities where you get generous portions, get to sample a variety of great food, and learn history about the area along the way. I don't consider sampling fudge and pineapple part of a food tour because these items are free to anyone strolling through Lahaina. Passing around sheets of paper with historical facts on them also does not replace a good tour guide providing interesting facts about the area. If you are familiar with food tours, do ont waste your money on this one. The tour guide Sharon is also the owner. The people of Maui work hard and usually have more than one job, but Sharon needs to find a different profession.
Written March 22, 2020
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thegazelle26
Katy, TX16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Host stood us up. We showed up at the agreed meeting place at the prescribed time. I called the host 10 minutes after the agreed upon time. She called me back 15 minutes later and said she never got notification we had booked. Find that hard to believe given that I got an email confirm. Really disappointing because we planned our whole day around the tour. Avoid if you value your limited time in Maui.
Written July 13, 2021
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AlexK
Lincolnton, NC3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
I'm a little confused by the good reviews so maybe they were posted before the new owner took over. If you have ever been on a food tour before, this is not for you since this is not, I repeat, not a real food tour. The company has recently acquired a new owner, Sharon, who has been working for them as a guide so we were surprised when she sat us down and began to read to us from laminated sheets of paper and showed us some fuzzy pictures. We did act interested and asked questions and were given answers (that we later discovered were incorrect when we fact checked them). We were given real food (macadamia pancakes) at the first stop then it was all downhill from there. The other stops were simply samples that we could have received on our own just walking into the shops (1/4 of a cookie, a fudge sliver, a piece of pineapple, a quarter size helping of gelato, a taste of coffee). There was a pitiful caprese salad at the end with overripe tomatoes that wasn't exactly edible and we didn't receive a some items like the greek wrap that was mentioned in the other reviews. If you have ever been on a real food tour before, you know that you get real sample sizes of real food and loads of history about the area. Do yourself a favor and read some info on Lahaina on the internet then stop into the stores on your own for samples and save your money!
Written July 30, 2019
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Ann V
Richmond, TX13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Lahaina with Kent! I agree with some other reviewers, it would be great if you could do this tour at the first of your stay in Lahaina because you visit so many places that deserve return trips. Kent included some interesting history about Lahaina in the tour, but we were there for the food and it was definitely delivered! We sampled pancakes, Hawaiian shave ice, coffee, cookies, croissants, gelato, chocolate, sandwiches, caprese and more! We especially liked that we got to visit with the proprietors of the various restaurants, who were very knowledgeable and personable and willing to answer questions. Great tiime, highly recommended!!
Written August 18, 2014
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DLC5
Fair Oaks, CA131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
We took the Paia Culinary Tour with Sharon who was full of energy despite having flown the day before from Boston. She cheerfully told us about the background and history of Paia. We begin with a refreshing gelato from Paia Gelato. We then had blueberry pancakes and a breakfast wrap from Charley's. Both delicious and more than we could eat. At Mana Foods which is an island gourmet food store we sampled various island fruits. We went to three other food stops with the highlight being the crispy duck fajita. Delicious. We have been on over 20 food tours from Paris to Buenos Aries and New York. Some are high end, some casual and all in my opinion worth the effort. This is the tour is casual food but in a rural island setting that is what you would expect. But while causal it was clever, unexpected and delicious. You get some local history, introduction to some food you otherwise might not order, and a familiarity with the area where the food tour takes place. This was a fun tour with an enthusiastic host/owner. It is also the most reasonable food tour we have ever taken which is even more surprising as Maui is an expensive place. Could not recommend a tour more highly.
Written November 17, 2018
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Paradise248289
Spokane, WA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Cindy is excellent. Wonderful knowledge of local culture and it's relationship with food. She provides a relaxed, informative tour of the island of Maui. Great people skills. Ideal for a group of foodies. Local merchants and resturants r lucky to have this to promote their portion of paradise. I would highly recommend.
Written May 3, 2017
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