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Hidden culinary delights with a local

Hanalei, United States

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Experience hosted by Max Nalu

90 mins
Includes food, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Enjoy culinary delights while we sample the best of Kauai's north shore restaurants. Join us as we explore Hanalei, known for cascading waterfalls, breathtaking beaches, and rich farming & culinary history. The last commercial town before the legendary Napali coast, Hanalei is a beautifully small and prosperous community. Our group will meet up at a local spot, where we'll get to know each other and begin sampling delicious food. We will be walking to select local favorites to try signature dishes. No better way to learn about local foods than trying them for yourself. Each of our vendors has selected and prepared special servings for you. Come Hungry and leave full! A normal tour includes small lunch servings and desserts. We feature original restaurants found in Hanalei. Avoid the waiting, or second guessing what's best on the menu! Book today for a fun afternoon of delicious Hawaiian food and laughter.

Hanalei, a jewel among the islands, and hub to countless activities. Tons of activities for before or after our food tour. Perhaps, take a real rest day to just eat and relax while we cruise around paradise. An easy ticket to fun on your visit. Our many stops will satisfy all your food cravings. Come explore the local spots, and be apart of an unforgettable day!

Hele Mai (Come join us) while we share food, absorb scenic Kauai, and explore Hanalei together!
Other things to note
We CAN'T accommodate SERIOUS allergies, please notify us if you have a dietary request 24/hr before tour starts.

We order your meal a day before. Substitute tastings MAYBE provided to guests that book within 24/hr.

The Hanalei bridge does close rarely due to flooding, tours will be refunded if so.
Enjoy culinary delights while we sample the best of Kauai's north shore restaurants. Join us as we explore Hanalei, known for cascading waterfalls, breathtaking beaches, and rich farming & culinary history. The last commercial town before the legendary Napali coast, Hanalei is a beautifully small and prosperous community. Our group will meet up at a local spot, where we'll get to know each other and begin sampling delicious food. We will be walki…

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What's included

  • Food
    Our Tour stops at local restaurants, and offers a tasting from each stop.
  • Equipment
    umbrellas and water if needed.
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Mon, Jan 25
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Mon, Jan 25
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Tue, Jan 26
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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$99 per person

Meet your host, Max Nalu

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 17 Reviews
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Aloha, my name is Max Nalu Hart. Born in the Hawaiian islands, I found passion for our local cuisine at an early age. Gathering pa'akai(salt) and limu(seaweed) off costal rocks for fresh poke, to extravagant Mother's day brunches in luxurious hotels, I love it all. Hawaii, a destination with such fresh food, unique culture, and history behind it all. Starting restaraunt work round age 12, I spent summers at Simply Natural in Honoka'a. Later went to fine dinning at Hilo Bay Cafe, there I learned kitchen operations. My experience's living in Hawai'i helped shape our fun filled afternoon; from lava flow and food tour guiding, chief, server, coconut stand owner, to television production. I enjoy sharing knowledge of local foods and telling stories of the Hawaiian islands. I would love to share a fun filled afternoon of tastings with you!
Aloha, my name is Max Nalu Hart. Born in the Hawaiian islands, I found passion for our local cuisine at an early age. Gathering pa'akai(salt) and limu(seaweed) off costal rocks for fresh poke, to extravagant Mother's day brunches in luxurious hotels, I love it all. Hawaii, a destination with such fresh food, unique culture, and history behind it all. Starting restaraunt work round age 12, I spent summers at Simply Natural in Honoka'a. Later went to fine dinning at Hilo Bay Cafe, there I learned…
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Where you'll be

We will be walking the scenic kalo farming town of Hanalei. This historic town is found on the north shore of Kauai. Past a one lane bridge, this local community is the final town with commercial shops and restaurants on the way to the legendary Napali coast. We will be stopping at local eatery favorites only found in Hanalei.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 17 reviews.

Danning
March 2020
My original plan to check out Na Pali coast was cancelled that day because of the storm in the south side of the island. Then i found this tour to make up for the day, which turned out to be a great decision, and the experience was far beyond my expectation. More of an ambassador than a tour guide, Max shared deep knowledge about not just the food, but also the community, culture, history, and geography of the island. Through the food tour, I was able to learn so much from him about various angles of the island life, while enjoying the happy dance on my taste buds from all the great food options he arranged, all of them are delicious, unique, local and carries meaning for the community. Without him, i would feel so lost. I saw a lot of passion and dedication from Max on this job, that along with the care for his guests and community made the secret sauce of a great experience for all of us. It started as a food tour but ended up way more than that. Thank you, Max!
My original plan to check out Na Pali coast was cancelled that day because of the storm in the south side of the island. Then i found this tour to make up for the day, which turned…
Lynnae And Garth
March 2020
Max has an insider's perspective on how to find culinary experiences that will heighten your appreciation for Kauai and its residents. He pointed out that due to the cost of living on the island, innovative "foodies" have created a host of different culinary experiences, often as the owner and operator of a food truck or other small food establishment. If it's possible to get off the beaten path, Max knows the best trail, but more than that, he has a personal relationship with the people harvesting, cutting, preparing, and presenting meals that visitors depend on to make their stay in Kauai special. If your culinary adventure is anything like ours, you won't be dining on coconut shrimp during happy hour. That's the kind of touristy experience available to anyone. Instead, Max could give you the opportunity to sample some traditional poi, or hike you to the best food trucks on the island while he tells stories of people who came to surf but stayed because people came from miles around to sample fish tacos they sold from the back of a van. He might sneak you into a back alley for a dessert pudding you're not likely to find on your own, show you a hidden garden where you can watch the waterfalls while you savor fresh ahi tuna, or introduce you to a charming retiree who took up a hobby growing cacao and now sells mouthwatering hand-dipped chocolates she crafts with the fruits of her farming labors. Max is as charismatic and scrappy as the islanders who serve up the culinary specialties he shares with you. Part history lesson, part storytime, and part small-plate lunch, this experience was one of the highlights that made our trip so memorable.
Max has an insider's perspective on how to find culinary experiences that will heighten your appreciation for Kauai and its residents. He pointed out that due to the cost of living…
Westin
March 2020
We had an amazing experience in this food tour with Max. He has a deep understanding of the local food and culture and he was very friendly and enjoyable.
Alexandra
February 2020
We loved our food tour with Max. As a native Hawaiian, Max has a wealth of info and knowledge to share. He also has worked in the food industry since he was a teenager, and therefore knows his food! He has chosen places in Hanalei with items that you can't get elsewhere, only here, and we loved everything we tried. Of course you can read through tons of reviews of places and make your own guesses as to where to eat, but Max shares his recommendations with you while walking down the main strip, so you know something about nearly every place you pass. I've done numerous food tours like this in many places I've traveled, and it's a great way to spend a few hours. While the price might seem off-putting at first, you are not only paying for the food, you are paying for a carefully-curated experience by a local expert, and again, no amount of review-reading will bring you to the same places. We also learned a bit about the people who own the businesses we visited; again you won't get that on your own. Max also shared his local knowledge about hikes to go on, beaches to visit, etc.; not to mention that we had probably the best poke and among the best fish tacos we've ever had. We highly recommend this tour! Thank you, Max!
We loved our food tour with Max. As a native Hawaiian, Max has a wealth of info and knowledge to share. He also has worked in the food industry since he was a teenager, and therefo…
Alison
February 2020
Max is a very nice and knowledgeable young man that is passionate about Hawaii and the state’s food. His knowledge specifically about Hanalei and all of the locals was quite the special touch. He worked hard to make sure we were comfortable through the whole tour. We tried foods and restaurants that we would not have, if it wasn’t for Max. Recommend the tour at the beginning of your trip, so you have more time to check out all of the places he recommends. Thanks Max for a fun afternoon!
Max is a very nice and knowledgeable young man that is passionate about Hawaii and the state’s food. His knowledge specifically about Hanalei and all of the locals was quite the sp…
Virginia
February 2020
MUST DO if you are on Kauai and especially if you are anywhere near Hanalei. Max clearly loves his subject matter! Biggest benefit: We ended back in Hanalei for other activities and each time we’d go to a spot that Max had pointed out or we had sampled from. Delightful treat to know where to go instead of just guessing or trusting googled reviews. This tour is definitely the real thing, do it early in your trip!! Thanks Max!!
MUST DO if you are on Kauai and especially if you are anywhere near Hanalei. Max clearly loves his subject matter! Biggest benefit: We ended back in Hanalei for other activities…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Bring your comfortable walking shoes, positive vibes, and an appetite!