Tour with us around the Honolulu area tasting the local flavors and visiting an authentic ukulele maker during this Oahu Food and Culture Tour. We will showcase and sample a wide variety of tasty traditional Hawaiian and ethnic foods, enjoy the stories the locals provide, and explore the unique culture of this beautiful Island.
To start the day we will stop at Leonard's Bakery for freshly made to order steaming hot malasadas. The malasada is Portuguese influenced with the first immigrants bringing it to Hawaii at the turn of the 20th century. Opened in 1952, this bakery has become a landmark in Honolulu and their delicious malasadas are a favorite baked treat on Oahu. We then drive way up the mountain to a beautiful grassy look out area to enjoy these warm treats in a picnic setting overlooking Honolulu. During the picnic you will also taste 100% chocolate nibs grown on Oahu and taste a variety of our very own macadamia nuts.
Our second stop brings us to meet an authentic ukulele maker, located at The KoAloha Ukulele factory in downtown Honolulu. Here you will learn about the instruments history, its delicate sound, and the rare and valuable native Hawaiian koa hardwood that is used to achieve the superior sounds. KoAloha ukuleles are crafted by hand and you will also learn how the ukulele is made.
Our third stop visits Alicia’s, one of the most famous poke bars! Poke is a local staple of fresh marinated and seasoned tuna. Since its birth as a small wooden hut in 1949, started by Alicia and Raymond Kam, the menu mix has gradually grown to 30 varieties of seafood and salads, thanks to continual experimentation that yields poke delights such as smoked octopus, spicy scallop, clam, and mussel. We will supply some of these samples so you can try what the best Hawaiian poke tastes like.
'Aina awakea (Hawaiian word for lunch). We will dine at the iconic Highway Inn established in 1947. This traditional Hawaiian restaurant has seen generations of local people coming in for lunch and is regarded as the best place to try island food. Serving authentic Hawaiian cuisine, we will try all the famous dishes like poi, (underground plant stem or corm of the taro plant) ‘uala (sweet potato) laulau (authentic Hawaiian entrée, pork, chicken, butterfish, or vegetables covered in taro leaves typically pressure cooked or steamed. In the old days the imu (underground oven) was used, dating these dished back to ancient times.
Our last stop brings us to the Kaka'ako neighborhood, the artist district, with it's up and coming boutique cafe culture. Here we will visit the Honolulu Beerworks so we can enjoy samples of the island's best locally brewed craft beers. The team at Honolulu Beerworks is fueled with excitement to support the local beer loving community and is excited to share their passion with you while you taste a flight of their specialty beer.
Our tours conveniently pick up from multiple Waikiki hotels and resorts.
A 24 Hour cancellation period applies to this reservation! Refunds will not be given within 24 Hours of the activity date of this tour.