Food La La: E Noa celebrates 40th anniversary

May. 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

COURTESY RITSUKO KUKONUTHE AUTHOR ARRIVES AT KUALOA RANCH TO HELP CELEBRATE E NOA'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY.

COURTESY RITSUKO KUKONU

THE AUTHOR ARRIVES AT KUALOA RANCH TO HELP CELEBRATE E NOA’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY.

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

E Noa Tours and The Waikiki Trolley celebrated their 40th anniversary this year. The company was founded in 1974 by teachers John L. Brizdle and Roger Watson, who wanted to teach their students in an outdoor setting. Their first tour began with a trip around the island in a small Volkswagen bus.

As part of their anniversary celebration, E Noa invited me to check out one of their newest tours at Kualoa Ranch. I thought it was going to be too tourist-y, but it turned out to be very fun and educational.

On the way to Kualoa, our tour guides pointed out many landmarks and the different types of Hawaiian plants growing around the H-3 freeway. It was like seeing Hawaii again for the first time.

We stopped to take pictures of Chinaman’s Hat. The water was a bit murky because of heavy rain the night before.

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Right next Kualoa to the fishponds we made a quick stop at a cute macadamia nut store.

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There were lots of free samples!

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The Kualoa fishponds are beautiful and peaceful. It is the perfect place to have a picnic! I just wanted to stay there all day long.

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“Hawaii Five-0,” “Tears of the Sun” and “50 First Dates” were all filmed at this house next to the fishponds. “Hawaii Five-0” used this house to represent North Korea in a recent episode.

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The ABC show “Last Resort” was filmed at this house. It was turned into a bar on the show.

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This is the famous Kualoa beef burger with a sweet bread bun, taro chips, and fresh pineapple.

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There is also a delicious and filling vegetarian option. I felt like being healthy so this is what I ate.

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The highlight of my trip was a boat tour of the fishponds.

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This is the boundary of the fishpond. There are oysters and lots of small fish inside. But sometimes bigger fish like barracudas will somehow make their way into the pond. We also saw lots of jellyfish floating around!

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The gorgeous Ko’olau mountain range.

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For more information on E Noa Tours, check out their website: http://www.enoa.com.
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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