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Address: Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
Phone Number:
+1 808-572-3483

Experience your favorite day in Paradise with a one of a kind Private Tour...

Experience 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. Enjoy 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. 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.

Tour enhancement includes 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, 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 with Maui's Premier Private Guide. Tours offered on Maui, the Big Island of Hawai'i, and Kaua'i.

With 30 plus years experience, 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 since 2012.

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Tour de force in Hawaii!

I decided at the last moment to visit Maui for a few days following a work trip. The Four Seasons recommended Pono Fried as a tour guide. I spent 10 hours with him touring "the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carolyn R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I decided at the last moment to visit Maui for a few days following a work trip. The Four Seasons recommended Pono Fried as a tour guide. I spent 10 hours with him touring "the road to Hana." Within 20 minutes I knew I made a friend and stumbled upon a secret treasure of Maui in Pono. He showed me... More 

Thank Carolyn R
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently spent six days (about 50 hours) with Pono Fried of Open Eye Tours. I will admit that we were a bit nervous to spend so much time with a stranger, but it was the most fantastic tour guide experience we've ever had! My husband and I have been married 27 years, with a son who is 19 and... More 

1 Thank jenniferk972017
Springfield, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Who says you can't have it all? Pono provided us with an incredibly fun and personal tour of the exact locations and things we wanted to see. His suggestions, and list of options, were greatly appreciated and we truly loved the mix of history, culture, science, and Hawaiian folklore blended in a way that only he could do. His understanding... More 

Thank mat6389
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Why is Pono "simply the best"? This is our second time to have Pono as a guide and friend. We have kept in touch over the years and when we decided to return to Maui we made arrangements to spend time with him. I'm sure there are many competent guides who have learned this, that and the other about places... More 

Thank Keith B
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

What an amazing day! After chatting with us about our interests prior to our arrival on Maui, Pono arranged a custom full day tour, sharing hidden gems of Maui that we thoroughly enjoyed. 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... More 

1 Thank odh88
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see Maui but only had a day; Pono to the rescue. He created us with the most beautiful leis and off went went. Pono spent time before we arrived learning about us and what we wanted to see and do. He took us to a breathtaking black beach, to the blow home where he and our son... More 

1 Thank mbohreer
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

The four of us had a memorable day in November with Pono Fried. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, personable, interesting, and passionate about Hawaii and how he presents its people, culture, sights and products. He gives a very personalized tour after exploring his clients wishes and interests and any concerns. We were greeted with leis and a Hawaiian chant of welcome.... More 

1 Thank dottie322
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We received our tour with Pono as a gift for our wedding. It was one of the best gifts we received! We chatted with Pono a few weeks before arriving in Hawaii. He got to know us and planned a personalized tour. During our Road to Hana tour we saw so much of the island of Maui including waterfalls, gorgeous... More 

Thank Taylor K
Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

My husband and I took our 13 year old grandson on a tour in Maui and hired Pono Fried to take us for the day. We were overly pleased on how he could relate to the different generations making it exciting, fun and a highlight of our 3 week Hawaiian stay. We hiked, we saw turtles, we ate novel fruits... More 

2 Thank LBW52
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

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. We had one day on Maui, and decided to spend the day with Pono. My wife, and our two kids (10 and 9) were on a cruise in July 2016. We weren't sure what... More 

1 Thank Sally M

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