A Food Tour of Oahu


When in Hawaii — EAT!

When in Hawaii — EAT!

There is a rather unique tour operator on Oahu.  They tour the island through food stops.  This operator is Hawaii Food Tours, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.  And contrary to what you hear about Hawaii, there wasn’t even one slice of Spam on the myriad food stops.

Our Carriage Awaits

Our Carriage Awaits

Most of the food stops were along Kāneʻohe Bay and the North Shore area, but we saw (and ate) plenty elsewhere.  Our first dining experience was at Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop, where we grabbed our malasadas (Portuguese yeast doughnuts) and headed out to Kāneʻohe Bay to enjoy them and the view of Coconut island.  You wouldn’t recognize the built-up Coconut Island today, but back in the mid ’60s through some skillful camera aiming it looked like this:

Coconut Island back in 1966

Today it looks more like this:

Coconut Island (Moku O Lo‘e) today

But I digress.  Here is Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop:

Our first food stop — Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop

Our first food stop — Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop

Inside Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop

Inside Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop

After that it was north along Kāneʻohe Bay to the Waiahole Poi Factory and some exquisite roast pork.  By the way, in case you’re wondering what all this food looks like, you’ll see those photographs on Wednesday.

Waiahole Poi Factory — The place to go for roasted pork

Waiahole Poi Factory — The place to go for roasted pork

Fresh Poi from Waiahole Poi Factory

Fresh Poi from Waiahole Poi Factory

Off to the North Shore and the amazing Ted’s Bakery.

Ted's Bakery — Some really great eats

Ted’s Bakery — Some really great eats

Don’t let either the name or that sign lead you astray.  There’s a lot more to Ted’s than pie.  There is also an incredible hot menu that for us included Hawaiian garlic shrimp.

Ted's Bakery

Ted’s Bakery

It’s these garlic shrimp that we’ll attempt to duplicate on this week’s special Fun Food Friday.

Eating at Ted's Bakery — Try the garlic shrimp as well as the pies

Eating at Ted’s Bakery — Try the garlic shrimp as well as the pies

Turning southwest from North Shore we stopped and took some photos of Kaiaka Bay Beach Park before hitting Paalaa Kai Bakery.

Paalaa Kai Bakery

Paalaa Kai Bakery

You’d think we would have had enough by now.  But we had one more food stop to make at the Old Sugar Mill run by Waialua Coffee.  Here they serve both coffee and island-grown chocolate.

Old Waialua Sugar Mill — Now selling island coffee and chocolate!

Old Waialua Sugar Mill — Now selling island coffee and chocolate!

Here we loaded up on yet more sweets from the oven before heading back to Honolulu.

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