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5 Star tour

My wife and I wanted to take a guided tour of Maui to celebrate our anniversary and after some... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David H
"Pono" means rightness and balance, optimistic and full of hope. So befitting of our journey with Pono.

Close your eyes, and soak in the true soul of tranquil island music and authentic Hawaiian... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
kathy k
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One of a kind Private Tour of Maui's highlights & Best Kept SECRETS! See, hear, experience things no other tour island gives you. Visit special places seldom seen, walk or ride in comfort, to awe-inspiring legendary sights. Enjoy stops where buses can't go; photos of you in beautiful settings, which you may at times have all to yourself! Customized itineraries activity levels are tailored to your special needs/interests. Consultation ensures a memorable tour just for you; no two are ever alike. Learn from the interpretation by your enthusiastic, entertaining personal guide, passionate about sharing Maui since 1983. Pono speaks English, French, Spanish, Hawaiian conversational Japanese. The vibrant Hawaiian culture: chants, legends, music, language, food, etc. Hands-on activities add to your custom tour, providing quality service, amenities, & surprises. Maui's Premier Private Guide. Resident Teacher with Master's Degree in Education. Top resort and guide book references.
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“pono fried” (25 reviews)
“own garden” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I wanted to take a guided tour of Maui to celebrate our anniversary and after some research decided to book a date with Pono. We thoroughly enjoyed our journey, visiting many scenic spots and learning more about the island of Maui. (Pono...More

Thank David H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Close your eyes, and soak in the true soul of tranquil island music and authentic Hawaiian language, drift in the fragrance of ambrosial pikaki, savor the burst of unique tropical tastes from homegrown island fruit, let your wholistic self discover surprisingly wondrous vistas that rival...More

Thank kathy k
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pono is VERY knowledgeable about not just Maui, but the all of the Hawaiian culture, history, language, secret places to visit, etc. If you want a customized tour for your family, this is the way to go. We had our 7 and 8 year old,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent our last full day on Maui (of a ten day trip) with Pono on his tour. Our group was myself (woman in her 40s), my husband (man in his forties) and our mothers (73 and 82). My husband and his mother have been...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

I have never done a review, but I felt compelled to write a positive review about Pono, our guide in Maui. I was referred to him from a friend, and I’m so grateful I got the chance to take a tour with him! We stayed...More

Thank jeanneconner
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pono808, Owner at Open Eye Tours & Photos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Nice memories made! Enjoyed sharing some of what makes Maui special with you....Thanks much for your enthusiastic interest, participation, kindness, and generosity! Your son picked up on 'ukulele chords and rhythm quite well, and I was delighted he got to play through a whole popular...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

I found Pono while searching for a tour guide for my small family - (my husband,2 kids 9&11 and mother inlaw). I wanted a tour that was informative, educational and fun. Pono asked lots of questions about my family and what are interests are. He...More

Thank celiatripp
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pono808, Owner at Open Eye Tours & Photos, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Loved your special day and you guys, too! Great family! Love the 3 generations experience... We had fun and discovered, learned, experienced, immersed, ate, played! Appreciate your interest, willingness, participation, kindness, fellowship a lot! Blessings, aloha, love always, Pono

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Pono was recommended to us by the concierge at our resort stay (at Ho'olei - amazing!!) because I was interested in a custom tour of no longer than 8 hours instead of the group tours all the way to Hana that are 10-12 hours. Pono...More

Thank ERSkin26
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Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

Pono capped off a wonderful Anniversary Celebration with a nice tour of areas of Maui that we would have never seen. His knowledge and explanations of the areas we visited really added to the tour. I had many text/email interactions with Pono prior to our...More

Thank Sean G
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Reviewed January 10, 2018

We often take an extensive tour of the locale when traveling in the U.S. or abroad. Pono’s tour is the best we have ever experienced. His extensive knowledge of the culture, people, and especially the most interesting places not mentioned in the guidebooks makes him...More

Thank Laurie G
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

We had the amazing chance to share a week with Pono as a guide on the island of Maui 3 years ago - and what a week! so happy with our experience with this extraordinary guide, that we turned to him again to visit during...More

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Hello. Don´t worry about that. If you contact with Pono he will prepare the excursion just in the way you need. Perhaps you can´t do all the walks that he usually prepares, but, for the problem you tell me, I think he is the... More
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