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Local Tastes of Maui

Makawao, HI, USA
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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.
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thegazelle26 wrote a review Jul 2021
Katy, Texas14 contributions9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Chris H wrote a review Jun 2021
Rancho Cucamonga, California45 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Meri in Cary wrote a review Mar 2020
Cary, North Carolina3 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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AlexK wrote a review Jul 2019
Lincolnton, North Carolina2 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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DLC5 wrote a review Nov 2018
Fair Oaks, California131 contributions24 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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