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Maui, Hawaii - Private guide offering unique custom tours, with or without walking.

Visit Off-the-Map places seldom seen, and enjoy the most popular sights, with extensive interpretation by your experienced, professional personal tour guide / private driver.
Winner of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012!
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"A First Class, Beautiful Experience You Can't Miss" - San Francisco, CA
"Fascinating Sites and Commentary" - Syracuse, NY

Greetings from the beautiful island of Maui, Hawai'i, Polynesia! Thank you for the kind support you have shown for Open Eye Tours & Photos through the years. My name is Barry Pono Fried, and it's a pleasure sharing some of the story of my private guide business with you.

Click here to read the story of how I was given my Hawaiian name.

Active as a teacher with a Master's degree in Education and as a life-long student of Hawaiian Language and Culture, I feel I'm on the cutting edge of custom-designed tours and eco-tourism. Since leading my first Elder Hostel Maui tours in 1983, I've fully committed myself to guiding you to the island's finest places, providing a quality experience to be remembered.

I am especially pleased with my comprehensive website, illustrating some of the kinds of sights and experiences Maui offers. Please e-mail me at with your anticipated dates, and I will be glad to help you plan your special day.

Aloha, Pono Fried
(808) 572- For Great Tours Daily (572-3483)


Hiring your very own personal guide is perfect for the solo traveler, couples, special interest groups, travel with children, seniors, newlyweds, the whole family, anyone!

Hawaiian nature, wildlife, language, culture, history, legends, ethno-botany, music, chants, food! Refreshing, unique, fun! Sharing Maui's best-kept secrets since 1983, guiding, enchanting and pampering Royalty, Celebrities, and other V.I.P's like you!

Fully credentialed/insured with top resort and guide book references. P.U.C. License Number 4870-C. Years of teaching experience (M.A. Education,) including elite, prestigious private schools and Hawaiian schools.

My one-of-a-kind scenic island land tours have an educational / environmental focus and will take you to the off-the-beaten-track Hawaii only available with guided specialty travel. You can experience:
  • Nature tours: rain forests, waterfalls, bird watching, wildlife viewing, native plants.
  • Cultural tours: sacred sites, spiritual, gardens and architecture, churches and mansions, myths and legends, historical context, archeology, farms, indigenous and native culture.
  • Your interests: specialty tours, photography, walking tours, Hawaii with kids, family travel, learning vacations, health & wellness, island sightseeing.

Your personalized day trip with my exclusive Maui private tour guide service can take many forms:

  • Customized private tours with your personal guide.
  • Unusual Maui activities, hidden treasures of Maui, exciting destinations, exceptional journeys, exquisite Maui, exotic holidays, eco-tours and other adventures.
  • Full or partial day itineraries/privately guided tours.
  • Maui with children.
  • Senior travel.
  • Sophisticated tours, upscale Maui holidays, prestigious Maui, First Class Maui, world class service, high end excursions, luxury vacations.
  • Spiritual travel.
  • Romantic honeymoon, vow renewals.
  • Executive travel.
  • Cultural vacations.

For additional ideas and suggestions, please visit my Tour Choices page.

By the way, thanks in advance for showing this site to your colleagues, friends and travel agent - I really appreciate it! I am looking forward to sharing Maui's best with you.

Note: In an ongoing effort to conserve resources, Open Eye Tours has discontinued printing a brochure. Please print out the pages of this website which most pertain to your interest. Thank you!

"Barry's knowledge of the language and approach to local people on their own terms made a big difference in how we were received. This was the smartest choice for me & enhanced my vacation."
     Kathleen Chai, PhD,
     Healthcare, Santa Ana, CA

"The tour you gave us of your beautiful island home, Maui, was amazing..."
Geri Brewster
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"I've been to Maui several times, but loved learning new things and seeing new, sacred places. Great delving deeper into Hawaiian culture. Barry is a great guide!"
Matt Link
New York, NY

We have gone on three excursions now...What made each... memorable for us... was Barry's generosity of spirit, and his ability to make us feel like we were the most important people on Maui."
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"Peaceful, knowledgeable, appreciative..remote waterfall and meeting your Auntie in the Taro patch...the mythology; info. about the plant life, tasting the nuts, berries, fruits...
You provided us with a very informative awe-inspiring experience. Your very pleasant disposition and patience made us at ease the entire time. You have such charm! Pono- thank you, this was a very wonderful experience. I will never forget it!"

Irene Dutch
Clifton, NJ

"If there is only one thing you do on your Hawaiian vacation, this is it! You will be fulfilled on every level of seeing a new culture. Barry's car is cool and comfy, too. Barry was the ultimate guide for us!! We learned a lot, saw a lot and enjoyed every minute of our day with Barry; he was funny, warm and personable. We felt like we already met him. We highly recommend this adventure! Happy, amazed, educated."
Cathy Warlich
New Canaan, Connecticut

"This tour was the best thing that happened to us during our stay in Maui, the highlight..."
La Famille Alireza
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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"What Barry gave us was worth more than money can buy... Barry is one of those rare people one finds while traveling who knows instinctively what his clients need and want, and is able to carry through with them from the time they are picked up to the last fond farewell."
Jack and Judy Witt
Ashland, VA

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"Thank you again, Barry for a wonderful trip! Breathtaking views!! Totally in awe! Loved all info. you gave us. So interesting to hear the myths/stories. It was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and the kids have not stopped talking about you or the tour! Yours was the best, the best of everything.
Your tours were so special and I know we couldn't have seen and done all this without you! Thanks for the truly beautiful memories, Barry, and hope to see you again for another trip...."

Laura and Ed
(Kipahulu 2007; Big Island 2009)
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Makawao, HI 96768 USA 

(808) 572- For Great Tours Daily