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Open Eye Tours & Photos

Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
+1 808-280-5299
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Custom Tour

We often take an extensive tour of the locale when traveling in the U.S. or abroad. Pono’s tour is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laurie G
An amazing chance to choose Pono as our extraordinary guide!

We had the amazing chance to share a week with Pono as a guide on the island of Maui 3 years ago... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Michèle W
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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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Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
+1 808-280-5299
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 December 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

1  Thank Michèle W
Reviewed 26 November 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful day touring with Pono. He's so knowledgeable about the history and habitat of Maui. We went to a bunch of places that we never would have found by ourselves. He sings songs, does Hawaiian chants, brings delicious Hawaiian fruits and...More

1  Thank scottorn
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Pono seemed to know EVERYTHING about the island and took us to all the most interesting places on our tour with him. He is an OUTSTANDING tour guide and most pleasant to be with. We were in Maui for our wedding anniversary and Pono certainly...More

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Where to begin? Whether it is your first time in Maui or you have been back a bunch of times, I guarantee you never saw the Road to Hana the way we did. If you’re looking for a unique experience, spending the day with Pono...More

1  Thank nyc327392
Reviewed 24 October 2017

I am a travel agent and booked Pono for 2 very special clients for a full day tour. He made their day so amazing! I had a conversation with him prior to their visit, detailing everything that was of interest to them, and he did...More

Thank KimberFlorida
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Pono is simply amazing!! This is the first time I have ever written a review for anyone because everyone needs to know just how good he is. We saw things and did things we never would have on our own. You can't find the experiences...More

Thank cwalsh32
Reviewed 10 September 2017

My family and I vacationed in Maui in late May. It's was a trip of a lifetime for us to celebrate our oldest son's high school graduation and to be together as a family to remember two grandparents we recently lost. I wanted a no...More

Thank MRisner
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Pono goes above and beyond. He takes time to get to know you well before your tour so that he can tailor your experience to your individual preferences. His knowledge and understanding of Maui, its history and culture, coupled with his fluency in the Hawaiian...More

Thank vjkline
Pono F, Owner at Open Eye Tours & Photos, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely reflections...So appreciate your kindness, participation in the process, and generosity of spirit. You totally attracted all those amazing experiences, by being so open to the moment and willing to learn! It was a joy sharing and thrilled...More

Reviewed 25 July 2017

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
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Gail V
10 March 2017|
Response from Keith B | Reviewed this property |
Contact him via his website, Open Eye Tours.
21 February 2016|
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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