Whenever Ryan Conching goes on vacation, enjoying specialties of the places he visits ranks high on his itinerary.
He launched Aloha Food Tours to make such experiences easy for visitors to Hawaii.
All of the stops on his Ala Moana and Chinatown tours are locally owned eateries that he, his family and friends frequent.
Many are off the beaten path and are not well known even to kamaaina (island residents).
Samplings include taste-as-you-go treats as well as dishes at sit-down establishments; think Coconut Horchata, Steak Roll with Garlic Chips and Ponzu Sauce, and Red Velvet Waffle with Taro Cream Cheese.
Want to explore on your own? Submit a wish list to Conching, and, for a separate fee, he’ll provide you with recommendations—a personal culinary itinerary—based on your preferences.
Monday through Saturday, reservations required