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Why Open Eye Tours?
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.
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.
Let me share with you some of the sense of place and spirit
that endures of Pre-Contact Hawai'i, and the rich, abundant culture still very
much alive today.
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!
An Open Eye Tour is an excellent choice for an island orientation
or other shore excursion for cruise ship passengers!
Hawaiian nature, wildlife, language, culture, history,
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
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:
rain forests, waterfalls,
bird watching, wildlife viewing,
spiritual, gardens and architecture, churches and mansions,
myths and legends, historical context,
indigenous and native culture.
walking tours, Hawaii with kids,
family travel, learning vacations,
health & wellness,
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,
exceptional journeys, exquisite Maui,
eco-tours and other adventures.
Full or partial day itineraries/privately guided tours.
Maui with children.
upscale Maui holidays, prestigious Maui,
First Class Maui, world class service,
high end excursions,
For additional ideas and suggestions, please visit my Tour Choices page.
Once you've confirmed, I then get to work planning a one-of-a-kind
educational presentation just for you from my hundreds of files, prepare
other special surprise treats, and arrange for our delicious, healthful
meal(s) from the best local markets or cafes! We maintain
ethics of responsible tourism
on each trip.
Take advantage of my experience as teacher and professional published
photographer, with Hawaii residency since 1982.
"Thanks for showing us what it was like to live in Maui.
You were able to show us the vast beauty of Maui and the contrast:
beach, mountains, valleys.
You were extremely informative and personable.
We enjoyed everything from the food to the sacred spots that
nobody ever sees...
Tour was unusually local, interesting, personal, varied...
Excellent value; pace was just right.
This is great for people who have a limited amount of
time and want to know the "real" Hawai'i..."
Judy Chu, Congress Member
Mike Eng, California State Assembly Member
Click here to see a 2009 Visitor Industry
Endorsement/Letter of Support from a prominent Maui Hawaiian
"He gave us a tour that seemed like a National Geographic tour.
Excellent in all ways!!!! We got a glimpse at a beautiful culture
different from ours."
Keith and Carol Blandford
"Culturally enlightened, impressed by the on time service and
clean vehicle...we would never have seen all the spectacular sights if
not for Barry. Barry is extraordinarily knowledgeable about Maui's
flora, fauna and culture because of his education. He has a real
love for his job."
"Aloha Ms. Tina and Concierge Team Four Seasons Maui,
Hope all is well for this New Year and that it is filled with generosity and lots of prosperity.
I just wanted to pass on to you some feedback from the Mr. and Mrs. H. party.
They mentioned that they went on tour with Pono from Open Eye Tours,
and they had nothing but the best things to say about it. Mr. H. said that his tour
was the highlight of his Maui trip, and that Pono did a great job taking
his family around to experience the island.
I wish more of our Lanai guests would have an opportunity to do his tour.
Pono's tours are always so customized to the individual.
On top of being a joy to work with, he is genuinely a nice (and often times,
overly accommodating) guy. Like the guests I
have sent his way previously, I have no doubt that the H.'s had a
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay
"Dear Pono, I have thought about so many things to say about your
bespoke tours. I think my thoughts still remain the same:
'You are the Capstone of the Private Guide Industry in Maui.'
I cannot imagine a better guide in all of the island of Maui
(maybe the whole of the Hawaiian Islands). Your thoughtfulness and
your attention to detail were unsurpassable. You listened carefully
and gave us not only exactly what we wanted, but even more with your
additional suggestions and surprises. Your love of Hawaii is
contagious, and we still think about moving to Maui for the school
year! What a childhood for a young boy!
Again thank you,"
M. and C.A.,
Hula with Uluwehi Guerrero, Hana Pier
"Loved seeing the 'real' communities and learning about the
history of various areas. The beautiful spots we saw were very
special. Good variety. Very educational and helpful.
Teaching the kids the hula was wonderful. There was no question
we had that was not answered."
New Fairfield, Connecticut
Hawaiian Monk Seal, at Koki Beach Park, Hana, Maui
"The tour definitely makes us want to return to Maui. Very
responsive to our needs and time constraints and we were able
to maximize our enjoyment of the island. Describe how I felt
after the tour? Awesome, happy, astonished, enlightened,
well-treated... Particularly liked? The special insights and
Hawaiian blessings... The cultural stories about Hawaiian History and
legend of the flower ripped in half (Naupaka) stand out..."
A Hawaiian style restaurant
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the magical, spectacular day,
and for the beautiful pictures you took of us. This was truly the high
point of our vacation- and the most delicious!"
W. Bingham, Artist
Vancouver, British Columbia
"Invigorated, relaxed, informed... swimming holes, the stories/history...
I liked that we went at our own pace/weren't rushed to be on any schedule.
What a wonderful day! The tour was full of interesting, lesser-known
Dr. Mary Patton
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