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Sip a local brew while grazing on a chicken katsu musubi. Rub elbows with locals as music lifts the spirit and aromas waft from a brigade of food trucks. Your clients can always count on a “fare affair” to satiate when they’re craving Oahu’s culinary culture.
Makers & Tasters (MakersAndTasters.com) has debuted at the former Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant site at 1011 Ala Moana Blvd. More than a farmers market, the open-air cuisine scene provides “makers” with an ideal stage to hone dishes, share goods and cultivate a customer following. Enjoy shaded outdoor seating for lunch Monday through Saturday and dinner Wednesday through Saturday.
The same venue revs up on the last Friday of each month as Eat The Street (EatTheStreetHawaii.com) unfolds from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. With evolving themes, the food truck rally draws live performers, plus more than 40 street vendors.
Honolulu Fish Auction (Hawaii-Seafood.org) is the only fresh tuna auction in the U.S. The fresh-catch action can be experienced during Saturday morning tours that peek into Hawaii’s dock-to-restaurant seafood route. The tours include visiting vessels dockside to tracing daily hauls into the facility. Visitors can learn how Hawaii manages its fisheries and what makes local seafood “best in class” in terms of quality, safety and sustainability.
The multifaceted Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF.me) has become the Pacific’s premier epicurean destination by presenting 100-plus internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirits producers. On Oahu, Kamehameha Schools’ Urban Luau takes it to the streets at Kakaako’s SALT on Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Twisting tradition, contemporary chefs pair with a local restaurant to concoct their versions of a classic luau dish.
Whether intimate or grand, Hawaii’s foodie fetes are all garnished with that signature aloha spirit.