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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 LuauDay Trips

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
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Hawaiian Foodie Tour by BikeDay Trips

Hawaiian Foodie Tour by Bike

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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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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

The Famous Hole-in-the-Wall TourBus Tours

The Famous Hole-in-the-Wall Tour

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Taste the foods of Hawaii on this 3-4 hour culinary tour of the Oahu. Sample tropical fruits and Asian-style dishes, visit local bakeries, and explore China Town with two knowledgeable guides. Try manapua - a delicious, savory, filled bun - learn how to choose the best Ahi poke, and peruse the fresh fruit markets in China Town. This tour goes beyond the tourist spots and introduces visitors to authentic Hawaii food experiences.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours