Aloha Food Tours
Aloha Food Tours
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Honolulu's premiere walking food tour. We will taste foods that only locals know about, while learning the culture and history that has evolved Hawaii into a diverse melting pot of ethnic food. Tourists and locals alike learn while enjoying Hawaii's local cuisine. Give us a few hours of your time and we will savor culinary delights, teach you about the background of Hawaii food, and give you memories that will last a lifetime!
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Ashna B
Maroochydore, Australia14 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
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Kristofer A
6 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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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
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L T
3 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
On the day of our tour, we got a text and email that our tour was cancelled because they "recently ceased operations". I don't understand how that can be when we got a confirmation the day before AND an email to review the tour afterwards. If you're going to cancel, at least call. A text and email is not enough. We didn't check our phones and went to the meeting place and waited. When the meeting time passed and we didn't see anyone, then we checked our phones. Sure, you can say that we should have checked before going, but why would we think that it was cancelled when we got the confirmation the day before? It's been a week since the cancellation and we have not received the refund. I've been told it takes 7-10 business days, which is double other places I've been to. Don't book with them, especially if it's true that they've ceased operations. If they haven't ceased operations, then they just lied to us, which is just as bad customer service.
Written December 9, 2018
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theresaaegan
San Francisco, CA6 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Food was delicious and of an interesting variety. Guide was friendly but did not offer any historical information related to ethnic food we were trying.
Written October 28, 2018
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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
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Mark3791
2 contributions
This tour was cancelled the morning of the tour. You would think that with such a late notice someone would call. I understand that things occur in life but this could have been handled better.
Written October 4, 2018
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j2kdad
Rancho Cucamonga, CA33 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
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Tracy B
25 contributions
We enjoyed ourselves on the walking tour. We ate at 4 lications, should have been 5 but that didn't take away from experience. Poke, spam, oxtail, shaved ice, fish were items sampled. You do get to take leftover back home. Not sure if young kids would like the choices. Good exercise and historical perspective was enlightening. I have been on tours before and i would recommend they add an adult beverage stop as well as end the tour in a local shopping district so that they can benefit from tourist dollars.
Written April 23, 2018
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1jak-ta
Federal Way, WA19 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Ryan took us to several places where we sampled wonderful oxtail soup with steamed rice, fresh poke in shoyu-sesame oil and another in a spicy sauce, baked black cod in misu. Sweet potato fries with a kahlua pork sandwich on potato bread, really good Musubi roll and much much more, ending in a strawberry/shaved ice with ice cream dessert. You get more food than you can eat, we took some home. Ryan shared some of his knowledge of these foods; very interesting & informative. Highly recommend this tour, you won’t be disappointed and you won’t go away hungry.
Written April 13, 2018
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