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Address: Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
Phone Number: +1 808-572-3483
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Experience your favorite day in Paradise with a one of a kind Private Tour...

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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Life Memories Made with Pono on Maui

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
mbohreer
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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... More 

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Thank mbohreer
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

My husband and I took our 13 year old grandson on a tour in Maui and hired Pono Fried to take us for the day. We were overly pleased on how he could relate to the different generations making it exciting, fun and a highlight of our 3 week Hawaiian stay. We hiked, we saw turtles, we ate novel fruits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We had heard rave reviews of Open Eye Tours from a dear friend and Pono lived up to the stories and surpassed every expectation we had. We had one day on Maui, and decided to spend the day with Pono. My wife, and our two kids (10 and 9) were on a cruise in July 2016. We weren't sure what... More 

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Mendham, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We wanted to see the island, learn something and taste good food .... this experience was by far the best day on a vacation we ever had. We had our 14, 10, 9 year old kids with us and Pono had music, instruments, foods, stories & games - he kept them interested all day and they wanted more Pono time!... More 

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Syosset, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

How can you put into the words the best day of your life? My family and I had the experience of a lifetime on our tour with Pono. Staying at the Fairmont hotel with my 16,13 and 10 year old - we were looking forward to a personalized/ custom tour that is off the beaten path. We were looking for... More 

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pono808, Owner at Open Eye Tours & Photos, responded to this review

A pleasure to share some of what makes Maui "no ka 'oi" - the best! with you...Your enthusiasm, interest and willingness to participate in chants, singing, playing the hula implements, doing some traditional dance, taking part in the action song and story telling, playing games etc. really helped make the island come alive for you, and it was a joy... More 

Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

My husband and I have probably been to Hawaii more than 40 times, mostly to Maui. Several years ago we set a goal of coming here at least 2 weeks a year as long as we are able. In all this time we have never experienced Pono's unique Maui. Having met Pono/Barry on a European river cruise we were already... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Wow! Where to even begin? When we came home from our honeymoon everyone continuously asked us if we could choose one thing what would be the best most memorable and amazing experience we had while in Hawaii what would it be – EASILY our answer has always been going on the road to Hana for about 13 hours with our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

If you want to experience the essence of Maui's magic, this is your ticket. Pono Fried is an exceptional expert on all things Hawaiian, and his love for Maui is evident from the moment he greets you with a lei of fresh flowers (most likely handmade from his own garden) to the exotic fruits he shares from his own farm.... More 

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