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Address: Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
Phone Number:
+1 808-572-3483

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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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... read more

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Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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... More 

Thank Keith B
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 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... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 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... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 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.... 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 

Thank Taylor K
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 

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