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Open Eye Tours & Photos

Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
+1 808-572-3483
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Amazing Day!

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend the day with Pono at the beginning of July. Pono is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patrice H
Comprehending Maui- Using All Your Senses

Wanting to give our grandkids: 13,11,7 and 5 a lasting understanding of the history, culture and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Oakland, California
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Experience your favorite day in Paradise with a one of a kind Private Tour of Maui's highlights and Best Kept SECRETS! See, hear, and experience things that no other tour on the island gives you. Visit special places seldom seen, walk or ride in comfort, to awe-inspiring legendary sights. Enjoy stops where tour vans and buses can't go, with photos of you in beautiful settings, which you may at times have all to yourself! Customized itineraries and activity levels are tailored to your special needs/interests. Complimentary consultation ensures a memorable tour that's just for you; no two are ever alike. You'll learn from the inspiring, informative interpretation by your enthusiastic and entertaining personal guide, Pono. He's been passionate about sharing Maui since 1983. Pono speaks English, French, Spanish, Hawaiian and conversational Japanese. He brings a vast knowledge of the vibrant Hawaiian culture, chants, legends, music, language, food and hands-on activities to your custom tour, adding meaning to your excursion while providing quality service, amenities and surprises. Tour enhancement includes site-specific commentary with an educational/environmental focus; Hawaiian nature, history, wildlife, bird watching, sacred sites, hidden villages, beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, ranches, gardens, farms, breathtaking views- the wonders and magic of Hawai'i! Refreshing, unique, fun! Perfect for curious first time and return visitors: seniors, families, couples, honeymooners, singles, and those with special interests. Pono is delighted to be guiding Royalty, Celebrities, and other V.I.P.'s like you! Experience the unforgettable difference of your own co-created day with Maui's Premier Private Guide. Tours offered on Maui, the Big Island of Hawai'i, and Kaua'i. With 30 plus years experience, Pono is a resident teacher with Master's Degree in Education and Hawaiian cultural immersion, and is fully credentialed/insured (including PUC license, Commercial Auto, Commercial Liability.) Top resort and guide book references. Open Eye Tours and Photos is a recipient of Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence since 2012.
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Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
+1 808-572-3483
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend the day with Pono at the beginning of July. Pono is very easy to work with via e mail when planning your day with him. We were staying on Lanai and took the ferry over to...More

Thank Patrice H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wanting to give our grandkids: 13,11,7 and 5 a lasting understanding of the history, culture and architectural background of the unique state of Hawaii we were guided to the excellent Pono Fried of Open Eye Tours. A former teacher he had the qualities of comprehension,...More

Thank LoveLearnLifelong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were given a day with Pono as A 75th birthday gift from dear friends. We live on Maui and thought we had done everything and been everyplace, but we were so wrong. He found us a hike that was brand new to you, laced...More

Thank Dawna M
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We had our family of 9 adults in Maui for a special celebration so we split into 2 groups over 2days to enjoy the real side of Maui.Pono took us to see beautiful bays and beaches ,waterfalls,quaint villages, plantations and much more His narrative was...More

Thank Annbettynes
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Pono, was an excellent tour guide. He was able to keep our boys, ages 7& 8engaged the whole day. He sang songs, played instruments, told stories, and made frequent stops so they could stretch. He furnished a delicious lunch for us with local foods. We...More

Thank rebeccacN1051NV
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Having traveled extensively and having a generally skeptical view of " guided tours", it was a delightful surprise to discover Pono! My daughter, teenage granddaughter and I had the good fortune to spend our first day on Maui with him. The entire visit was made...More

Thank sandrasue2015
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We have been very fortunate and have been coming to the island of Maui for over twenty years. This time our son decided he wanted to explore more of the island. As none of us in our group wanted to do the driving or navigating,...More

Thank 368tara
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I decided at the last moment to visit Maui for a few days following a work trip. The Four Seasons recommended Pono Fried as a tour guide. I spent 10 hours with him touring "the road to Hana." Within 20 minutes I knew I made...More

1  Thank Carolyn R
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We recently spent six days (about 50 hours) with Pono Fried of Open Eye Tours. I will admit that we were a bit nervous to spend so much time with a stranger, but it was the most fantastic tour guide experience we've ever had! My...More

3  Thank jenniferk972017
Reviewed 18 February 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,...More

1  Thank mat6389
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Gail V
10 March 2017|
Response from Keith B | Reviewed this property |
Contact him via his website, Open Eye Tours.
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Response from abizanda2 | Reviewed this property |
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