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“Open Eye Tours Review”

Open Eye Tours & Photos
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 18, 2017

Who says you can't have it all? Pono provided us with an incredibly fun and personal tour of the exact locations and things we wanted to see. His suggestions, and list of options, were greatly appreciated and we truly loved the mix of history, culture, science, and Hawaiian folklore blended in a way that only he could do. His understanding and love of Hawaii infused every aspect of our trip. His knowledge and expertise took us to many remote locations to enjoy the best the island had to offer. We saw parts of the island that only locals enjoy because of his ability to take us to many locations that we would not find in a typical guide book and primarily known only to the locals in the area. Absolutely loved the food items he prepared and grew from his own garden for lunch, the music and stories he entertained us with, and the immediate feeling of friendship that he invokes. From the moment we met until our excursion was over, he made us feel like family. This was an absolutely incredible way to see so much beauty and learn a tremendous amount about all that we were exposed to. He made us feel safe and well cared for the entire time we toured the Road to Hana, as well as, many other locations. The food, music, scenery, information, and stories made our time both authentic and personal. You will not find this level of service or knowledge with one of the big operators that shuttles people around in a large group. Pono crafts each tour to be what you want it to be and made sure we had an unforgettable experience. I would not hesitate to recommend Pono and will certainly use him again the next time we visit the Hawaiian Islands.

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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.

Thank Keith B
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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!!

1  Thank odh88
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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.

1  Thank mbohreer
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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.

1  Thank dottie322
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