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Top 5 Hawai‘i Food Tours

Kathryn Drury Wagner | Photo by Daniel Lane, Pono Photography | November 3, 2016 | Food & Drink Best of The Best Eat

Hawai‘i's restaurant scene is epic, to be sure, and wonderful restaurants abound. But there's another way to sample food in the islands—one that's tailor-made for epicures. Food tours let one mingle with chefs and experience out-of-the way establishments. Bite into one of these top tours.
Tasting Kaua'i' offers a variety of culinary tours on the Garden Island, where guests experience fresh Japanese food.
1. Royal Treatment with Kaua‘i Food Tours

North Shore, South Shore and everywhere in between. This well-established company has tours available all over the Garden Isle. Take, for example, the five-stop tour along the Royal Coconut Coast, which will have you sampling traditional Hawaiian food, learning about taro farming, and sipping a handcrafted cocktail at a breezy seaside restaurant. Coconut Coast tour, $120, 12:30-4:30pm on alternate Thursdays, 888.431.6660,

2. Net Gains at Kualoa Ranch

Try your hand at throwing a fish net, Hawaiian style on this farm-to-table Taste of Kualoa tour at the famed Kualoa Ranch on O‘ahu. You’ll visit many areas of the ranch, including where they grow produce; raise seafood, such as shrimp, tilapia and oysters; and herd cattle. $110-$120, 808.237.7321, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe, O‘ahu,

3. A Unique Feast at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Traipse through orchard and garden paths on a tour before enjoying a three-course dinner at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas new “He Aina Ola Farm Dinner Tour.” Wine pairings are included with dinner, making this a truly special evening. $135, dinners are hosted the 2nd and 4th Monday each month. 3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kaua‘i, 808.827.8808,

4. Culinary Decadence with Hawai‘i Tasting Tours

Spend the evening with Hawai‘i Tasting Tours, which offers elite, private tasting tours of Wailea, Maui at night. This tour will cover the history of the volcano, and endemic species, while also feeding your five senses. Email for more details on these private tours, 808.359.8159,

5. Expore Oahu's Hidden Gems with Hawai‘i Food Tours

Find authentic, special spots, from noodles to dim sum, via The Hole-In-The-Wall Tour by Hawai‘i Food Tours. These tours focus on fusion Asian flavors and local-style comfort options, including crack-seed, baked manapua, and Korean barbecued chicken. The company also offers a North Shore food tour. Both tours were designed by Chef Matthew Gray, a food and wine expert. 9am-2pm, $139, 808.926.3663,


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