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Address: Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
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+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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Epic Moments - An incredible day with Pono!

We wanted to see the island, learn something and taste good food .... this experience was by far the best day on a vacation we ever had. We had our 14, 10, 9 year old kids with... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Tina S
Mendham, New Jersey
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Mendham, New Jersey
2 reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We wanted to see the island, learn something and taste good food .... 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!... More 

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Syosset, New York
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

How can you put into the words the best day of your life? My family and I had the experience of a lifetime on our tour with Pono. Staying at the Fairmont hotel with my 16,13 and 10 year old - we were looking forward to a personalized/ custom tour that is off the beaten path. We were looking for... More 

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pono808, Owner at Open Eye Tours & Photos, responded to this review

A pleasure to share some of what makes Maui "no ka 'oi" - the best! with you...Your enthusiasm, interest and willingness to participate in chants, singing, playing the hula implements, doing some traditional dance, taking part in the action song and story telling, playing games etc. really helped make the island come alive for you, and it was a joy... More 

Saratoga, California
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

My husband and I have probably been to Hawaii more than 40 times, mostly to Maui. Several years ago we set a goal of coming here at least 2 weeks a year as long as we are able. In all this time we have never experienced Pono's unique Maui. Having met Pono/Barry on a European river cruise we were already... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 review
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Wow! Where to even begin? When we came home from our honeymoon everyone continuously asked us if we could choose one thing what would be the best most memorable and amazing experience we had while in Hawaii what would it be – EASILY our answer has always been going on the road to Hana for about 13 hours with our... More 

Thank abgray213
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 June 2016

If you want to experience the essence of Maui's magic, this is your ticket. Pono Fried is an exceptional expert on all things Hawaiian, and his love for Maui is evident from the moment he greets you with a lei of fresh flowers (most likely handmade from his own garden) to the exotic fruits he shares from his own farm.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

If you have one day to spend exploring Maui and you want to make the best of it, then you should go on a private personalized tour with Pono Fried. We spent 11 hours with Pono exploring the road to Hana (on the windward side of the island). It was an incredible treat. The concierge at our hotel recommended Pono,... More 

1 Thank N0nAccidentalT0urist
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 May 2016

What can I say about the man Pono Fried, allot. A caring compassionate man who wants his guests to experience all that Hawaii offers and more. We were referred to Pono by discerning friends who had toured with him on their own family excursion to Hawaii years prior. Spring Break is our main family vacation and we spare no expense... More 

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

As first time visitors to Maui, we researched many possible ways to explore Maui's wonder and beauty. After a careful search, we chose to spend a day (you decide the number of hours) with Pono Fried of "Open Eye Tours". It was an enchanting experience that we will never forget and would highly recommend! I am a traveler who enjoys... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

These are just a couple of the fairy-tale things we saw with Pono on our tour. Pono sent us many options ahead of time, and allowed us to pick and choose what we wanted to see and do. Luckily for us, we were able to do everything on our wish list + more. We are firm believers in taking private... More 

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Cunningham, Kansas
1 review
Reviewed 6 March 2016

If you want a run of the mill tour, visiting only the touristy places of Maui, don't tour with Pono Fried. If you are truly interested in learning about the culture, the history, the people, the language, the land, and if you want to find some inspiring, beautiful, hidden spots on Maui, than you need to book a tour with... More 

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