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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 #4 of 13 activities in Makawao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you are travelling to Hawaii - spend a day with Pono - you won't regret it! He is a walking encyclopedia on all things Hawaiian. He tailors day trips to suit your specific desires. We had been to Maui many times but had never driven to Hanna. We opted to have Pono take us - I am so glad... More

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Strongsville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

What a fantastic tour with Pono! We have been to Maui 4 times so we have already done the typical tourist things so we wanted something out of the ordinary that most tourists do not have the privilege of experiencing. He was overflowing with knowledge about Maui and was able to provide us with an experience of a lifetime. He... More

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Toronto
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

When we travel, we make a point of trying to understand the local history and culture. Often this will include guided tours. Maui was no exception. As we were preparing our trip, our friends who had just returned, had hired Pono and had a wonderful time. Hearing about their experience, the keys were: could customize and was great with the... More

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I have been on tours before, and this was easily one of the best! We wanted to explore local sites and learn about the culture of Maui, and Pono tailored the tour towards these goals. From his initial warm greeting, to exploring various sites (sacred healing site with beautiful views, seeing sea turtles come ashore), to trying... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My husband and I went to Maui for my niece's wedding a few days early to tour Maui. I check reviews for private guides and Pono was mentioned most often so I booked him for a day. What a day it was!! We knew we were in for a treat when he came to our hotel for pick up wearing... More

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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
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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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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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