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Address: , Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
Phone Number: +1 808-572-3483
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Description: Experience your favorite day in Paradise with a one of a kind Private...
Experience your favorite day in Paradise with a one of a kind Private Tour of Maui's highlights and Best Kept SECRETS! See, hear, and experience things that no other tour on the island gives you. Visit special places seldom seen, walk or ride in comfort, to awe-inspiring legendary sights. Enjoy stops where tour vans and buses can't go, with photos of you in beautiful settings, which you may at times have all to yourself! Customized itineraries and activity levels are tailored to your special needs/interests. Complimentary consultation ensures a memorable tour that's just for you; no two are ever alike. You'll learn from the inspiring, informative interpretation by your enthusiastic and entertaining personal guide, Pono. He's been passionate about sharing Maui since 1983. Pono speaks English, French, Spanish, Hawaiian and conversational Japanese. He brings a vast knowledge of the vibrant Hawaiian culture, chants, legends, music, language, food and hands-on activities to your custom tour, adding meaning to your excursion while providing quality service, amenities and surprises. Tour enhancement includes site-specific commentary with an educational/environmental focus; Hawaiian nature, history, wildlife, bird watching, sacred sites, hidden villages, beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, ranches, gardens, farms, breathtaking views- the wonders and magic of Hawai'i! Refreshing, unique, fun! Perfect for curious first time and return visitors: seniors, families, couples, honeymooners, singles, and those with special interests. Pono is delighted to be guiding Royalty, Celebrities, and other V.I.P.'s like you! Experience the unforgettable difference of your own co-created day with Maui's Premier Private Guide. Tours offered on Maui, the Big Island of Hawai'i, and Kaua'i. With 30 plus years experience, Pono is a resident teacher with Master's Degree in Education and Hawaiian cultural immersion, and is fully credentialed/insured (including PUC license, Commercial Auto, Commercial Liability.) Top resort and guide book references. Open Eye Tours and Photos is a recipient of Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence since 2012.
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Due to circumstances, we needed to plan different activities on this trip. Because we’d been to Maui many times, we wanted to see something different, as well. So, I looked all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Due to circumstances, we needed to plan different activities on this trip. Because we’d been to Maui many times, we wanted to see something different, as well. So, I looked all over and read many ideas/reviews before settling on a private tour with Pono. As a family, we usually don’t like tours because it’s fairly restrictive – you can’t just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

After extensive research for the "right way" to see and learn about Maui, we found Pono Fried-Open Eye Tours. Our first experience with Pono was his extensive pre-tour communication. He regularly emailed us asking about our interests, likes/dislikes, areas we'd like to see. He is organized, super bright and well travelled allowing us to have a customized trip to the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

You are so awesome! We had such a great time with you learning about the Island and Hawaiian culture. We especially enjoyed your lunch spread...the fruits were amazing!!! We love how passionate and excited you are to share all of your knowledge and wisdom. Thank you for dropping the map off for us, we will never forget our Road to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We spent a very enjoyable day with Pono, the owner of Open Eye Tours, learning about the Hawaiian culture, history, trees, flowers, animals and birds, listening to music played on Hawaiian musical instruments, and having an enjoyable lunch, highlighted with fruit from his farm. We saw a taro farm, a black sand beach, numerous waterfalls and vistas, rainbow trees, rocky... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Pono Fried was an excellent guide. He was full of Hawaiian history and facts; He brought along musical instruments which he played, and sang local songs. Knew the island and hidden sights to see all along the road to Hana trip. A great day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Our family of six thoroughly enjoyed the day we spent with Pono. He engaged everyone from age 10 up to 52. We did a lot of advance coordination to ensure he chose the activities that accommodated our group best. We requested an active day and were rewarded with breath-taking vistas from the hikes we took. The "foodies" in our group... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I contacted a few tour operators in Maui before selecting Pono Fried. We were looking for something unique and not a big tour bus. Pono replied to my inquiry right away and gave me several ideas. We then talked and he customized the tour to exactly what we were looking for. He took us to some great spots, not filled... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I was so excited and inspired to share our experiences about Open Eye Tours on Maui with Pono Fried that I wrote it during our first moment of spare time once we were able to use our computers on the airplane! It’s a longer review because I wanted to share what makes Open Eye Tours unique from other tour companies... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My wife and I spent four nights on Kauai, and 4 on Maui. It was a magical vacation. Our time on Maui was filled with great weather and 2 excursions; whale watching (spectacular), and a Guided Tour of The Road to Hana. Pono shared his amazing knowledge of island culture, native fruits from his own garden, and countless stops to... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Well - he did it again. We went back to Maui and of course had to spend a day with Pono. Our family has come to expect it each time we travel to HI. This trip Pono took us up into the Maui upcountry. We sampled so much wonderful food, including fresh fruits from Pono's garden. Also - we have... More 

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