Kauai Food Tour - Hanapepe Walking Tour in Lihue, HI

Kauai Food Tours2959 Umi StreetLihue, HI 96766
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Overview

Come hungry and ready for a culinary adventure! Kauai Food Tours offer delicious samplings of the island’s tastiest restaurants, food trucks, and neighborhoods. You’ll spend the day learning about the island’s history, culture, people, and of course, food, all while exploring new flavors, smells, and tantalizing sights. This tour is perfect for those of all ages, fitness levels, and appetites.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lihue Travel Experts
  • Tour tastings and stops vary with seasons and availability
  • Includes five tastings with owner interaction, insider access, and more.
  • Discover farm-to-table food and the unique history of Hanapepe along the way.
  • Take advantage of private tastings and Chef demos.
  • Tour durations vary per selection.

Description

from Kauai Food Tour
Tasting Kauai Food Tours include tastings with some serious fun in Kauai’s most delicious and beautiful neighborhoods. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, you’ll enjoy delectable foods from one-of-a-kind specialty food stores, famous local restaurants, and food trucks while receiving an insider’s view into the culture and history that defines the Garden Island. Walk away with new culinary perspectives, big smiles, satisfied taste buds and the confidence to explore new flavors.

Hanapepe Walking Tour:
When you take the Hanapepe Walking Tour, stroll with us on a culinary adventure of the West side of the island. Explore hidden gems; sample traditional Japanese cuisine with a local twist and enjoy tastings at some of Hanapepe’s most quintessential cafes. This unique food tour is centered on the regional cuisine of Hawaii as well as the subsequent cultures that brought new flavors to the islands.

Highlights:
• Five tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more!
• Discover farm-to-table food and the unique history of Hanapepe.
• Private tastings and Chef demos.

Operation:
Friday - 2:00 pm

East Side:
When you take the Kauai Food Tour – East Side, jump in your car and follow us on a culinary adventure across the East Side of the island, known as the Royal Coconut Coast. Explore hidden gems; sample burgers with a local twist and enjoy tastings at some of the East Side’s best farm-to-table restaurants. This unique food tour is centered on the regional cuisine of Hawaii, where the host community lives, eats and plays.

Highlights:
• Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more!
• Discover farm-to-table food and unique history of the East Side.
• Private tastings with some of the East Side’s best chefs.

Operation:
Thursday - 1:00 pm

North Shore:
When you take the Kauai Food Tour – North Shore, you hop in your car and follow us on a tasting adventure through the lush north side of the island. We’ll experience out-of-the-way establishments, taste products made with canoe crops and exotic fruit, sample Hawaiian food, learn about Tiki cocktail culture, meet chefs… and more. This food tour is centered around the beauty and creativity of the North Shore.

Highlights:
• Six tastings including a tiki cocktail (or mocktail for those who don’t drink alcohol).
• Nosh on Hawaii’s iconic food, including kalua pork and poi grown and made by a 6 generation family farm.
• Meet local chefs and food creators and hear their story.
• Learn about and taste canoe crops such as taro, breadfruit, purple sweet potatoes, and coconut.

Operation:
Tuesday - 1:45 pm

South Shore:
Follow us in the comfort of your own car on the Kauai Food Tour – South Shore and sample the sights, flavors and culture of the island’s sunny south side. The stops on this tour are a celebration of food inspired by Hawaii’s diverse cultures.

Highlights:
• Six tastings with owner interaction, insider access and more!
• Enjoy award-winning sushi and molecular gastronomy.
• Sample tropical fruit made into jams, bowls, gelato and pastries.
• Uncover the best vendors at a gourmet farmers market.

Operation:
Wednesday - 12:45 pm

Lihue Farm Tour:
When you come along for our Lihue Farm Tour we will share with you the agricultural connection to food on the island. Kicking off at the Farm Bureau Farmer’s Market at the Kauai Community College on Saturday mornings, you will have a chance to meet farmers and farm table vendors first hand in the market setting. Additionally, you will get a chance to tour the Go Farm Hawaii project that is behind Kauai Community College and learn about the future of farming and food grown on the island.

After the market, we will continue our culinary romp through the town of Lihue and get to taste farm to table restaurant cuisine, meet local chefs, and visit Kauai’s best brewery… and more. This food tour is centered around the farm to table scene of Kauai and on getting behind the scenes in Lihue.

Highlights:
• Six stops include a farm visit, multiple farmers market tastings, 2 farm-to-table restaurant tastings, and a brewery pairing (non-alcoholic also available!)
• Meet local chefs, farmers and food creators and hear their story.
• Learn about the ingredients and taste what is fresh on the island now.
• Learn about the future of farming and food growth here on Kauai.

Operation:
Saturday - 10:45 am

Special notes to consider:
• Tastings and stops vary with seasons and availability.
• Transportation is not provided.
• Most dietary requests can be accommodated with advance notice.
• Tours run rain or shine.
• Check your E-Ticket for first tasting location.

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SLOcyn
San Luis Obispo, CA
"Don’t make dinner reservations!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019
We took the South Shore tour. At our first stop we, eight of us, met our guide Shane. He told us about his adventures of living in Kauai and a lot about local farms and farmers. We visited six small businesses, each with a story to tell about themselves and the different products they produced or procured locally. At each stop we were treated to a sampling (not to be confused with a sample) of their wares. We enjoyed fresh scones with lemon curd, an amazing burger from a food truck, excellent açaí bowl with fresh fruit, sushi bowl, fabulous croissants, and the most amazing tiramisu. No need for dinner as we ate our way through the whole afternoon. One of our members was gluten free, and happily accommodated at each stop. Maybe my definition of foodie is different than others, but this foodie was very happy.
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justjo008
Northeastern Ontario, Canada
"Disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019
I had booked this as a surprise for my hubby so I was really looking forward to this tour based on how it was presented and the reviews we had read. Unfortunately, the tour didn't match the sales pitch. I think it's VERY important to point out that we found out from another couple on the tour that it was supposed to be a female leading the group and when Shane arrived, he told us he was just filling in for someone and had never done this tour before. We were told to arrive by 10:50 a.m., which we did. The entire group was at the meeting place waiting for the guide, Shane, who showed up at 11 and then we had to wait around for him to get organized. He spent the first 15-20 minutes telling us about himself, can’t say we found it relevant or interesting that he just got back to the island after doing humanitarian work and photography and that he got his job because his Mom sent him an ad from Craig’s List. Truthfully, he added no value to the tour whatsoever. Thank goodness for the vendors as they gave us information on their products and information about the island. In the very beginning, Shane told us that we would be doing a few booths at the Farmers Market, then to the farm project, then to a Mexican restaurant and then to a Brewery...that was all the information he gave us. At one point, just before heading to the farm, Shane disappeared and we didn’t know if we were supposed to wait or walk ahead over, others were also confused. When it was time to leave the farm and head to the Mexican restaurant, we asked Shane for directions and at one point he actually said “they’ve put in some new traffic lights so I’m not sure how many lights you have to go through before you turn.” If he doesn’t know and he was apparently born and raised on Kauai, how am I supposed to know when I live in Canada? At the Mexican restaurant, we all sat around a table and a waitress brought three bowls of chips and salsa and sat them down on the table with water. Shane said nothing. He tended to spend most of his time talking to one couple and a woman who was on the tour alone. After sitting at the table for about 10-15 minutes with no direction, I asked someone else if they had any idea what was going on and they said they knew nothing. Finally I asked Shane what was going on as we didn’t know if the chips and salsa was it or what. At that point he said “they are probably going to serve us a sandwich type thing. The chef may or may not come out and talk to us but she’s pretty shy so I’m not sure.” When it came time to go to the Brewery, same thing with directions. As I said from the beginning, thank goodness for the vendors because they provided information except at the Mexican restaurant. The other person who was absolutely amazing on the tour was "Eric" who met us at the garden and provided us with information, personality and even some comedic humour. I would also like to add that when we got home from Kauai, the fact that this tour was so disappointing really sad badly with us so I contacted "Tasting Kauai Food Tours" and advised them of our experience. I had several e/m exchanges with Dr. Addison Bulosan and he was very quick to offer us a refund or tickets for another tour. We weren't trying to get something for nothing so we agreed to a half refund. I thought this was fair. I really think a different tour guide would have made a BIG difference.
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RobinF108
Peoria, Illinois
"Farm to Table Tour Fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 11, 2019
This organization has several tours. My husband and I had done and loved the North Shore tour and wanted to do the South Shore when staying there. The regular tour was not available when we were so we took the farm to table tour. It was fantastic. We started at the Lihue Farmers Market where a number of vendors had food ready for us, including frozen ground pineapple (tasted like sorbet), all natural frozen bars, Persian based sauces and rice, and the most fantastic croissants I have ever tasted. All were great. We then went to visit the Go Farm Hawaii program at the Community College. It works to educate individuals wanting to become small producers, and helps them with beginning land, tools, and refrigeration to earn enough to buy land. It was a great education about food production in Hawaii. We then visited a couple of restaurants which are farm to table. I highly recommend this tour.
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KariPotter21
Cambridge, United Kingdom
"Great Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 08, 2019
The food tour was excellent, would definitely recommend. Food was delicious! Recommend booking early in your trip so you can go back to your favorites again.
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ralfeez
Tracy, California
"Not what we had hoped for"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 08, 2019
We went on this excursion hoping to taste the best of the best foods of Kauai. Instead it was focusing on health food, homeopathic medicine, and organics. Most foodies are looking to be wowed but this did not deliver for us.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kauai Food Tour

Is transportation included?
Transportation is not provided

If I have dietary needs can they be accommodated?
Most dietary requests can be accommodated with advance notice

If it rains does the tour close?
Tours run rain or shine.

When do tours run?
Each tour runs at a specific time. Please refer to individual tour details for departure times.

Where do tours begin?
Please read the instructions on your tour confirmation for details about the meeting place.