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Open Eye Tours & Photos


Enjoy your favorite day in Paradise with a one-of-a-kind Custom Private Guided Tour of Maui's highlights & best-kept secrets! See sights not in guide books, where buses can't go, & more popular areas, with or w/o walking. Hawaiian Culture, history, nature, food, music. Service with aloha since 1983!

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Happy brother and sisterCultureKids enjoyed sewing their own fresh flower leiImpromptu Paradise seranadeSpecial visit to a Wahi Pana- Sacred SiteSmiling Mama loving Maui's scenic splendorBlack sand!Guide Pono harvesting Mango from his organic farm to be shared during Farm-to-Table fruit tasting!Enjoying the view at a lovely lookoutWaterfall photo opp. with the familyHawaiian Green Sea TurtlesCultural wilderness walk along a rugged Maui coastGorgeous day on the Windward side, looking toward Haleakala and the North ShoreViewpoint along our Eco-TourOn the nature trail in a rainforestHands-On Cultural ImmersionFamiles love the Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) at sunset


Enjoy your favorite day in Paradise with a one-of-a-kind Custom Private Tour 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 Waterfalls 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-an authentic Farm-to-Table experience; 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! The following excerpts are from testimonials posted by satisfied guests on Trip Advisor. To read the full reviews and more, go to and search Open Eye Tours & Photos. "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 places we had never seen..." O.H., Seattle "The sights, the sounds and the love Pono brought to our day in Maui can not be matched." M.B., Houston "If you want to see & be a part of Maui that very few people will ever experience, book a tour with Pono." C.D & L.S., Cleveland "Treat yourself to an experience that you will never forget." M.T., San Francisco "Memorable and enriching customized tour for all five senses." S.S., Boston "Our second tour with him. Simply the best. Superior." K.B., Dallas "It was so much easier to travel this remarkable area of Maui in his comfortable vehicle than if we had attempted it on our own." D.G., Chicago "We were overly pleased on how he could relate to the different generations making it exciting, fun and the highlight of our 3 week Hawaiian stay." L.W., Miami Beach "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. It was obvious he had years of teaching experience and that he loved his job." S.M., Springfield, IL "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! Epic incredible day...simply amazing...feeling blessed & educated." T.S., Mendham, NJ "We definitely felt very special and taken care of due to all of the small details and care he put into every minute of our tour. We were able to see things that would never be found in any of the guidebooks. We especially recommend him to any future honeymooners out there as well – Pono played romantic Hawaiian music all day, performed a beautiful Hawaiian wedding, told several tall tales of romantic love stories in Hawaii, and so much more!!" A.G., Indianapolis