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You will not find a guide who puts in more love, time and energy into a tour than Pono. The... read more

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Outstanding touring experience with Pono!

Open Eyes Tour in Maui is certainly the most appropriate name for traveling with Pono for a tour... read more

Reviewed January 12, 2020
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Why is Pono "simply the best"? This is our second time to have Pono as a guide and friend. We have kept in touch over the years and when we decided to return to Maui we made arrangements to spend time with him. I'm sure there are many competent guides who have learned this, that and the other about places and then can recite that to you.

Pono is different. He has immersed himself in the Hawaiian culture and history. He has studied it, made many friends in the culture and has participated in its performances and activities. As a result he brings alive the past and ties it to the present. Time with him is not just beautiful and interesting scenery. And restaurant recommendations (Pono certainly can do that. He'll know the owners or cooks.). After a day with him you begin to understand the history, culture, and people in the context of the islands. And we have come to understand that its the people who really make Maui wonderful.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

What an amazing day! After chatting with us about our interests prior to our arrival on Maui, Pono arranged a custom full day tour, sharing hidden gems of Maui that we thoroughly enjoyed. We have been to Maui a number of times and like to explore off the beaten track; despite our prior explorations, we spent the whole day visiting places we had never seen, interspersed with traditional Hawaiian activities. Pono shares his wealth of knowledge of the Islands, culture and language, making the day fascinating and informative. We can't wait to return to the Islands to spend more time exploring with Pono!!

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see Maui but only had a day; Pono to the rescue. He created us with the most beautiful leis and off went went. Pono spent time before we arrived learning about us and what we wanted to see and do. He took us to a breathtaking black beach, to the blow home where he and our son sang while he played the Ukele. We learned so much about Maui and the heritage of the people. We saw the most and largest sea turtles we could have imagined, which was an item our son really had hoped to see. Oh, and he even made my husband the best banana bread we have ever eaten as I mentioned how much he loved banana bread. We tried fantastic fruit he had grown. The sights, the sounds and the love Pono brought to our day in Maui can not be matched.

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed November 20, 2016

The four of us had a memorable day in November with Pono Fried. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, personable, interesting, and passionate about Hawaii and how he presents its people, culture, sights and products. He gives a very personalized tour after exploring his clients wishes and interests and any concerns. We were greeted with leis and a Hawaiian chant of welcome. He had beverages and Hawaiian snacks for us throughout the day and gifts at the end. He was always happy to allow photo time and to take them of our group. It was so much easier to travel this remarkable area of Maui in his comfortable vehicle than if we had attempted it on our own.
He was highly recommended by a friend, and we would recommend him also.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

We received our tour with Pono as a gift for our wedding. It was one of the best gifts we received! We chatted with Pono a few weeks before arriving in Hawaii. He got to know us and planned a personalized tour. During our Road to Hana tour we saw so much of the island of Maui including waterfalls, gorgeous views, caves, lava tubes, sea turtles and tons more. He is so knowledgable about Hawaiian culture and history, which was perfect since my husband loves history! We tried so many different foods that were all delicious, he is a fantastic cook with his own organic farm. I could go on and on, but I won't give too much away! Thank you so much Pono! We loved our day with you and would recommend you to anyone and everyone!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Taylor K
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