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“Do this without hesitation”
Review of Hawaii Food Tours

Hawaii Food Tours
Ranked #1 of 25 Food & Drink in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hawaii Food Tours™ was created by Hawaii's #1 Food Writer and Restaurant Reviewer, Chef Matthew Gray. It's for those who love food & fun. Voted Best Tours on Oahu for the past two years in a row! Two different daily tours; one takes place in & around Honolulu... the other goes to the North Shore. We will feed, educate and entertain you all day long! MSNBC Network called us one of the best food experiences in the world! These fantastic tours feature Yummy Food, Fascinating History, and Culinary Decadence! Our Famous Hole-in-the-Wall Tour™ includes a behind-the-scenes walking and tasting tour in Honolulu's amazingly colorful Chinatown! It's an entertaining, informative and FUN Honolulu City Tour with several stops, including 2 of Hawaii's most famous Bakeries & one of a kind Marketplaces. You'll be eating between 15 & 20 different foods! This tour takes place all over Honolulu, away from the touristy areas of Waikiki, where only the real locals go to eat. Our North Shore Food Tour™ gives guests a tasty glimpse of the colorful and rural "countryside" area of our island of Oahu. Many people read about the North Shore, about the beautiful huge waves, the garlic shrimp trucks, and rustic away-from-the-city areas, and that's what we give our guests, including some genuine Hawaiian food, a garlic shrimp plate, various pastries, Hawaiian Beer, and a visit to a coffee and sugar plantation.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Do this without hesitation”
Reviewed 10 August 2009

You can get the details of this trip from the Food Tour website and you can read the other reviews but I just have to say that this trip is more than the sum of its parts. My husband and I felt that this was one of the best things we did during our stay on Oahu and we will do it again next time we visit and will also check out Matthew & Keira's other offerings. The was the perfect way to spend the day with fun food and nice people. Even if we had found these places on our own we would not have had the "behind the scenes" access that we got with Matthew & Keira . we would never have been able to go into the back of a noodle factory or char siu house on our own. it was fun, interesting, yet relaxing and certainly "filling"...and you just sit back and enjoy the ride. and the other people on the tour (from all over the world) were great. experiencing these "holes in the wall" with a nice group only enhanced the experience.

3 Thank SusanTMiami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great way to find the really excellent food”
Reviewed 10 August 2009

We loved that Matthew & Kiera took us through Chinatown. We'd been there 2 days prior & had found nothing special at all on our own. Kiera & Matthew of course knew all the right places to go, which a tourist can never find on his or her own since the outside of these wonderful places were quite inconspicuous to what was served inside. Thank you!

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New Jersey
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Most important activity of our trip.”
Reviewed 8 August 2009

This tour provides you with a fun, interesting, tremendously useful guide to many different places to eat on the island. By going early during the trip, you can go back to places you loved and also check out many of the other restaurants that they recommend.

4 Thank goldendragon9
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Las Vegas, NV
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The "Cant Miss" tour in Hawaii”
Reviewed 8 August 2009

This tour combines great food at hidden out of the way locations, with great island information and comfort in an upscale tour bus. Anyone who loves great food, needs to take this tour. I never would have found these places on my own. And when you eat where the locals eat, you really get a feel for the local culture and lifestyle. Matthew's extensive food knowledge, combinded with Keira's island knowledge made them the perfect food tour guides. Book up early and check out the other tours.

4 Thank JayRachlen
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“2 stars for the tour, 5 for the hosts”
Reviewed 5 August 2009

I have to disagree with all of the glowing reviews....I hate to write a neg review because Matt and Kiera were great hosts (and very nice people), but i honestly felt the tour was overpriced( $100/person for the hole-n-wall tour). With a few exceptions, most of the items i sampled were things i can get back at home. I think the tour is great if you don't live in a diverse city and/or you are not an adventurous/openminded eater. The background food info they gave was good, but overall i was very disappointed. Save yourself money, just research what the locals eat and just find lists.

16 Thank lll94
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FeedTheWorld, Owner at Hawaii Food Tours, responded to this review, 10 August 2009
Management Response
(From Owner Matthew Gray)
Aug 5, 2008

Thank you for choosing to experience our famous Hawaii Food Tours and for taking the time to comment on your experience. We truly appreciate feedback, especially positive and constructive, as former guests of our tours provide us with an opportunity to gauge our performance and improve where necessary.

It is clear from your comments that we somehow fell short of meeting your expectations. Considering that all our guests are made fully aware of the details of our tours in advance, we must say we are surprised that you still took the tour armed with the knowledge we shared with you prior to the tour.

That said, please accept our sincere apologies and know that we, Matthew Gray and Keira, have both read your review.

It should be noted that we take everyone's opinion seriously. Every effort is taken to ensure that our guests have a great time on our tours. Yours is the only 2-star review (out of about 180 reviews) of our beloved business since we opened Hawaii Food Tours five years ago..

Should your future travels once again include Waikiki, we would welcome a second opportunity to exceed your expectations. Until that time, we wish you great health, prosperity, and a positive attitude.

Aloha from Matthew & Keira @ Hawaii Food Tours.
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