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Open Eye Tours and Photos - Private Guided Customized Day Tours

P.O. Box 324, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
808-572-3483
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Ranked #6 of 19 attractions in Makawao
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Ultimate Private Tours of Maui since 1983.Privately guided informative visits to places seldom seen, with or without walking, and/or to the most... more » Owner description: Ultimate Private Tours of Maui since 1983.Privately guided informative visits to places seldom seen, with or without walking, and/or to the most popular sights, with extensive interpretation. One-of-a-kind totally customized itineraries tailored to client's special needs/interests; complimentary consultation. Customized activity levels. Your very own personal guide has 30 years experience, is a resident teacher with Master's Degree in Education and Hawaiian cultural immersion, and is fully credentialed/insured (including PUC license.) Top resort and guide book references. Tours provide an educational/environmental focus; Hawaiian nature, wildlife, language, culture, history, legends, bird watching, music, food- the beauty of Hawai'i! Refreshing, unique, fun. Guide speaks English, French, Spanish, Hawaiian and knows conversational Japanese. Sharing Maui's best-kept secrets since 1983, guiding Royalty, Celebrities, and other V.I.P's like you! Perfect for seniors, families, couples, honeymooners, singles, special interests- everyone! Experience the unforgettable difference of your own co-created day! « less
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New Market, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Pono is eager to share his knowledge of the island, it's history, it's customs, and do so in the context of whatever your interests are. He asked about our interests and it seemed as if he could have found appropriate activities no matter what we'd answered. He took us to some hidden gems, gave us a fruit tasting - much... More

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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This is our second trip to Maui with Pono as our tour guide. Our first trip was for one full-day tour. Pono made it so interesting that on this trip we came back and scheduled five days of tours with him. Both trips were customized just for us. We have seen so much of the Island and done so many... More

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This review is long over due. We spent an amazing day with Pono during the summer. I have been meaning to write a review since our day with him. To this day when we talk about our trip to Maui, Pono's name always comes up. It definitely is the most memorable day we had on our trip. He made sure... More

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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

To experience a unique, customized and memorable tour of Maui, Pono is your guide! In preparation for our tour, we shared our requests and interests ahead of time and Pono planned for our perfect day. He drove our car on the Hana Highway, showed us spectacular remote overlooks and filled us with endless tidbits of Hawaiian culture and natural resources.... More

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Kapalua, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Pono sets the bar so high, that I can't imagine other tour guides being able to jump the hurdles. Since he's been in the Islands for 30 years, I doubt he's ever met a stranger. This is what makes his tours so memorable. He has "aunties" and "uncles" everywhere, which gives you access to places that are marked "private." Often... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We gave Pono challenges no other guide could have adapted to: we were a group that included two Ph.D. students (economics and ancient near eastern languages), a law student/novelist, a math professor, a civil rights law and a hedge fund manager. The challenge: keep each of us interested, engaged, learning, and fascinated by Maui all while having fun. Pono orchestrated... More

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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My travels to Maui were made all the more special and memorable with my daylong tour featuring the mystical and spiritual traditions of the Hawaiian island. From the start, Pono was thoughtful and attentive, asking questions about my preferences and desires for my tour. We had several email exchanges to ensure that my tour would be just as I wished,... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We ended 2013 with our tour of Maui with Open Eye Tours, one word..EXCEPTIONAL. From the minute we arrive and were greeted with fresh leis and a Hawaiian greeting from Pono (tour guide doesn't begin to adequately describe all the qualities of Pono) we had a time that exceeded expectations. Pono shared Maui in a way we could have only... More

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southport ct
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Pono is the absolutely perfect tour guide. He is so knowledgable and so accommodating regarding individual interests. We toured two days with him on Maui, two days on the Big Island and one day on Kauai. He made all the inter-island arrangements (flights, hotel, restaurants, etc) and was just as knowledgable about the Big Island and Kauai as he is... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I saw the information about Pono and Open Eye Tours on TripAdvisor, and I'm impressed that he has all those positive reviews. So my family (2 adults and 2 children, 11 year old and 7 year old) decided to book with him. And we are glad that we made that choice. One the first day we had a trip to... More

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