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My wife, daughter and her family and I were very surprised that little Makawao on the side of the volcano had so many delightful surprises for us. Cindi seemed to know everyone on a first name basis as we explored a variety of good smelling restaurants, interesting art galleries and our favorite, the spice and lotions shop. We returned two days later on our return trip from Hana, and enjoyed lunch at the Italian cafe. Thank you Cindi, for a special treat on our Hawaiian vacation.

Gery and family – Seattle


I went on the tour yesterday. It was SO MUCH MORE than I expected. The food was really great. It was more than just a taste — much more. I was so full by the time we got to the iced coffee and ice cream I could not do it. The restaurants we visited were varied and interesting and it was great to see what they wanted to share with our group. Cindy was informative, personable, organized, and very friendly. I highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn more about the area and taste lots of different restaurant flavors. It is a good tour whether you are a resident or a visitor you will learn something new.

Beth D. – Makawao


Hi, I visited Maui with my Mom a couple of years ago and we had such an incredible experience seeing the island, and in particular, getting to experience the true local feeling of ‘old Hawaii” by escaping the tourist hang outs and seeing Makawao and Paia and tasting some incredible dishes with Cindi. I highly recommend this tour as Cindi is an incredible island host and knows all of the great local spots. This is a must do on your next visit!….

Shannon – Seattle, WA


We took the Pa’ia tour one day and the Makawao tour the next day and had a wonderful and informative time. We have been vacationing on Maui for quite a few years and Cindi introduced us to places we didn’t know exsisted. We were treated to donuts on a stick, crispy duck treats, coconut lemongrass soup and many more dishes. Cindi conveyed her love of Maui by sharing the rich and wonderful history of the island with us. Thanks Cindi and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Diane – Fort Wayne, IN


I was so excited to learn about this tour. What a great way to learn about both the history of the area and all the interesting places to visit. It is evident that the tour guide, Cindi, is passionate about Maui. This tour is definitely something to look into.

Kris B – Seattle, WA


This tour was definitely a highlight on our trip to Maui! Had I not gone on the tour I would have missed out on all of the little gems in Makawao. Cindi was a fabulous guide, her knowledge of the area made the tour both educational and fun. ALL of the places we stopped at had the most amazing food. If you are interested in clean and organic eating you will be in heaven. We also had a chance to visit several galleries that support local artists. I can’t recommend this tour more. Great food, beautiful art and rich history await you in Makawao!

Diane W – Lynwood, WA


This is a fun and informative tour. Cindi definitely knows the areas and the businesses on the tours so this is a great way to find out about the local businesses, food and galleries. You can’t miss with this one!

Camiguin – Seattle


New walking tour in Paia – At the get-go, Weldon enthralled us about the illustrious north shore town in such a way that made us know she did her homework. She made us want to hear more and open our minds to facts we may have forgotten or to stories we’ve never heard before.

Plus, we tasted foods at eight different establishments while meeting the chefs, managers and owners. Now I’m a believer this one’s a winner.

Culinary Tourism: Exploring Local Culture through Food
On the Makawao tour, we sampled the famous stick donuts of the rustic T. Komoda Store & Bakery, in operation since 1916, and refreshed ourselves with honey lemonade served by owner Kathi Sparks at her outdoor Garden Cafe. We learned about the history of Mexican cowboys in the region (known as paniolos, pidgin for espanoles). In their honor we chomped down on fresh guacamole and chips at the Mexican restaurant Polli’s, where the staff stay up overnight preparing the next day’s smoked meats and salsa, and the bartender, a Bette Midler look alike, has worked for 35 years.

A taste of Maui
Culinary walking tours combine every traveler’s favorite activity — eating — with the chance to explore local neighborhoods and mingle with creative entrepreneurs.

Here’s one I wished I knew about when I did some reporting on Maui a few months ago. Inspired by the cheeses, crab and chocolates she sampled on a walking tour with Savor Seattle (, former Seattleite Cindi Weldon started Local Tastes of Maui (, with food-focused walks through the historic island towns of Paia and Makawao. The two-hour tours are $45, with 10 percent of profits going to animal-welfare organizations.