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Pono Fried

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Open Eye Tours & Photos

  • Locations

    Maui, Hawaii, United States

  • Activities

    Island Tour, Nature

  • Guiding Experience

    39 years

  • Languages

    English, French, Spanish

  • Awards

    Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Favorite Trip

    Anniversary /Honeymoon couples' tour with Vow Renewals/ Hawaiian wedding ceremony, photos in romantic settings

Guide Bio

Enhance your Maui experience with Pono, Maui’s Premier Master Private Guide. Enjoy 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. Discover 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.
Seasonal hand made fresh flower leis and a generous array of organic fruit sourced from your guide’s Upcountry farm, along with fresh homemade baked goods and some Hawaiian food traditions create a Farm-to-Table adventure!

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.

Tours include 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, shore excursions, 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. Tours offered on Maui, the Big Island of Hawai’i, and Kaua’i.

With 34 plus years guiding, 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.

Open Eye Tours & Photos

Whether you're feeling outdoorsy or not, you're likely to be the only people around at some of the more unique stops you'll make during an Open Eye Tour, so photos can be taken in settings not usually found! I'll be your designated photographer for the day, documenting your journey so you can be included in your photos for a change. You'll have fun while you learn about the island's evolution, plants of medicinal and cultural significance (with seasonal sampling of fruit and other edibles), language, history, legends, chants, music, and food. Let me entertain you! I've been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, based upon ratings by guests, every year since 2012. Here are my reviews.

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