This is indeed a food-lover's idea of heaven! Culinary tourism in Honolulu has evolved in the form of Hawaii Food Tours, ... More
Hawaii Food Tours
This is indeed a food-lover's idea of heaven! Culinary tourism in Honolulu has evolved in the form of Hawaii Food Tours, which organizes delicious trips to restaurants around the city. With rates depending on which tour you book, this is the perfect way for you get to indulge in a gamut of delicacies, most of them Hawaiian. Hawaii Food Tours offers different themed tours, including the Hole-in-the-Wall Tour which features food from locations a little off the beaten path, and the Gourmet Trilogy Tour which allows you to taste the offerings from three of Oahu's best restaurants including wine with each course. Each location unique, making this a food experience you won't soon forget. Bon Appetit!
What a great way to get to know the city, the culture and the very best places to eat (as well as ones to avoid). We did the Hole in the Wall Tour our first day in Honolulu and really enjoyed it. We returned to some of the places later in our trip. I learned about wonderful local fare that I may not have tried otherwise. Matthew and Keira are knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed ourselves so much that my husband was recommending the tour to strangers in the elevator back at our hotel. A bit pricey but well worth it.
We travel to Hawaii every year because we have a time share. When we heard about Matthew Gray and his Hawaii Food Tours we thought this was exactly what we were looking for.
Well, the Hole in the Wall tour was amazing. Our group of 10 all got along swimmingly and by the end of the day we felt like old friends. Matthew and Keira are the greatest hosts ever. They know their beloved city of Honolulu and the food scene so well that they are considered the culinary experts of Hawaii.
The tour itself took us to several interesting stops, local gems, bakeries, markets and an underground visit of the Chinatown district. By the end of the day we were so full, happy, satisfied and entertained!
We highly recommend this tour, but do try to take it at the beginning of your vacation because Matthew & Keira are a wealth of knowledge and suggestions.
Truly, this was the best tour, the best day, we've ever had in Hawaii. We'll be back next year! Thanks guys!
Matthew and Keira were great people to spend an afternoon with. They have a wealth of knowledge about food and the Oahu area.
The food you get to eat is fantastic! It is some of the best food I have ever eaten!!!!!
I will be taking the food tour again if I go back to Oahu for business or vacation.
Matthew's food savvy and Keira's friendliness made for a truly original and pleasant walking food tour!
At first, I wasn't expecting much because I was already familiar with quite a few local favorites (e.g. manapua and malasadas). Boy, was I wrong!
Now I have a whole new list of places to go to and things to eat next time I'm in Honolulu! (Hint: The Sweet Mochiko Garlic Chicken at Sugoi's is a must!)
Thanks, Matthew and Keira!
Unique, fun, exotic, and quality tour for all ages!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 6/29/08
Three generations of our family (ranging in age from 3 to 67) joined Matthew and Keira on this tour. The service was impeccable and courteous, as well as fun and lighthearted. Keira had a magic tote bag of preparedness containing everything from bottled water and umbrellas to toothpicks and handiwipes. Matthew and Keira were both a wealth of information on the foods and flowers from all over the world we experienced. And the food! We drooled and nibbled our way through Hawaii by airconditioned van and on foot. The sights, sounds, smells, and narrative were delightful, informative, and entertaining. All the foods and flowers were the freshest of fresh. If I could give Matthew and Keira's tour more than five stars, I would!
My whole family took Hawaii Food Tours "feast in paradise" tour. We enjoyed some really great hawaiian treats which we would not have found on our own. We enjoyed our first stop (for malasadas) so much that the following day we walked 2.5 miles each way to get back to them.
We made three stops over the evening and each one was unique and charming. We got all the food of a luau without all the kitsch and the tourist trap feel. We all found some new favorite foods and dessert was in the most beautiful setting you can imagine on waikiki. So quiet and sophisticated you forget that waikiki beach is overcrowded and loud.
We also loved having a chance to go out with locals who were truly excited about food and sharing their culture with us. It didn't feel like a tour, more like friends taking us out to dinner. The conversation was lively and they were super-friendly and informative. Also they were very helpful in suggesting some other restaurants to visit for the rest of our stay.
This tour is a MUST DO for anyone who wants a unique experience and not just the typical tourism thing... as a culinary arts teacher, I found this tour to be informative- learned alot of new things and enjoyed our gracious host and hostess- Matthew and Keira who teach you not only about the culture of the Hawaiian people and food- but also show true "Aloha Spirit" and make you a member of their "Ohana" with great recipes and an experience no other tour company can give.
This tour offers the cultural and culinary expertise of two wonderful people that truly love to share their beautiful city and foods.
Don't miss this one... you will be sorry if you do! By far, the best value in a tour in Hawaii and such a great time with interesting people, places and foods.
We did this tour yesterday and can absolutely attest to all the positive things that have been said by previous reviewers. Matthew and Keira were welcoming, full of wonderful information, and the food was outstanding. It was all tastes that were different and great - manapua (incredible stuffed buns) started us off and I didn't think it could get better than that but each stop added another unique taste. I had never seen a lychee nut in a shell that you could peel to reveal this wonderful juicy fruit - we bought some to bring back. The noodle shop where you could see how they were made and then taste the result was great. And the malasadas - Portuguese doughnuts that ended the trip!!!!
This is a great experience and one that will be the highlight of your stay in Oahu. Don't miss it.
After taking the Hole in the Wall tour we now understand the breadth, beauty and multi-cultural choices this very special city offers.
Matthew Gray and Keira run this tour like you're part of their family. They are really sweet and genuine people who LOVE food and people. Everybody seems to know them too; shopkeepers, restaurant owners, cops on the beat, and lots of regular people we encountered throughout the day on the town.
We ate and ate and ate some more, but the stops were spaced out smartly, separated by either a bit of walking, or a brief drive through town to our next destination.
The foods were delicious and were a lovely cross-section of styles and flavors that are found in Hawaii. We loved the baked manapua, the freshly-made rice noodles (and the tour of the noodle factory!), not to mention the fantastic lychee and pineapple.
Wow is what we kept saying; you should do this tour at the beginning of your vacation. Ask Matthew for his list of restaurants before you get to Honolulu!
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