Open Eye Tours & Photos


Enjoy your favorite day in Paradise with a one-of-a-kind Custom Private Excursion of Maui's highlights & best-kept secrets!

See, hear, taste, experience things no other tour gives you.

Visit seldom-seen sights not found in guide books and where the tour buses can't access, as well as more popular areas, and gain an understanding of their significance.

You'll learn from the inspiring, meaningful interpretation by your enthusiastic, seasoned & entertaining Master Guide, Pono. He's been passionate about sharing Maui since 1983.

Capture photos in beautiful settings which you may at times have all to yourself, and let Pono take photos with you in them so you can relax.

All tours are with or without walking, tailored to your preferred activity level and special needs, creating an unforgettable, personalized day.

100% customized private tour itineraries with generous pre-tour consultation & planning for your interests & logistics. Pono has never repeated an exact tour in 35 years! The level of personalization provided is second to none. Each journey is co-crafted with you as he truly listens to ensure your goals are met.

Pono has decades of professional teaching experience to draw on, with hands-on experiences available for kids and all interested; a Master's Degree in Education; is Multi-lingual (Fluent in English & French; Conversational Spanish, Japanese, Hawaiian.) He's well-traveled, and can relate to people from all walks of life.

Choose from the following themes (options for each provided upon receipt of the on-line reservation form,) or create your own:
Na Wai 'Eha (The Four Waters)
Halfway to Hana
Orientation Tour
Road to Hana & Beyond
Hawaiian Culture & Nature Tour
Upcountry Maui
Local Flavors
Lahaina, Land of Hawai'i's Royalty
Walking Tour
Na Wahi Pana- Sacred Sites
'Ike Hawai'i lessons & activities
North Shore
Gardens & Farms
Shoreline Secrets/Scenic Wonders
Photography Tour
Wildlife & Birdwatching
Honeymoon/Vow Renewals
Art Tour
*Combination of 2 or sometimes 3 of the above

Long-time alliances may help you meet locals on their terms in their environment.

Clean, comfortable stylish new SUV vehicle (for up to 7 passengers with children)- the Honda Pilot, with all-wheel drive for extra comfort, & more leg room than any other vehicle in its class, perfect for winding country roads & off-the-beaten-path spots.

Tours typically range from 8-14 hours, and can sometimes extend to multiple days and to Hawai'i Island & Kaua'i Island.

Provided amenities:
Seasonal homemade fresh flower lei greeting with traditional Oli lei (lei chant;) Generous array of seasonal fruit tasting from guide's own organic farm, fresh baked goods, sampling of traditional Hawaiian items, other healthier food & drinks - enjoyed picnic style; OR a local-style cafe meal (both are included on tours of 10 hours and more;) Other surprises.

Clients include Heads of State, Professional Athletes, Entertainers, Celebrities, in addition to wonderful families, couples, singles, groups.
An Open Eye Tour is perfect for curious first time & return visitors.
Fully licensed & insured, including Harbor permit for cruise passenger shore excursions.

Top Five Star Trip Advisor Reviews; recipient of annual Certificate of Excellence.

Vendor at some of the finest Maui resort properties and select guidebooks.

"Every word in every Trip Advisor review is from what they experienced! Always well done! Maui's Premier Personal Island Guide. Knowledgeable, educated, respectful, experienced, sensitive, caring, attentive, personable. Pono exudes the Aloha Spirit and Hospitality of our people." Kumu Uluwehi Guerrero, Halau Hula Kauluokala, Maui

Tour with Pono Fried, Maui's Premier Private Tour Guide, Open Eye Tours & Photos, Providing outstanding service with Aloha since 1983!

Maka'ala is how you would say "Open Eye" in Hawaiian. Maka'ala also means alert, watchful, vigilant, wide awake, to be aware, to attend to vigilantly. May your eyes be opened!

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