Media & Links

Maui’s Best Walking Tours Open Eye Tours is listed as one of “Maui’s Best Walking Tours”, an article in Travel and Leisure
My Tripadvisor listing My Tripadvisor page, with customer reviews.
Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture A video about the dangers of carrying agricultural products from Hawai‘i to the mainland.
An article in the October 2014 issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine has a great description of my work, on pages 43 and 44. (If the above link doesn’t work for you, here are pages 43 and 44.)
I am delighted to be a member of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, which also includes the Maui Visitors Bureau.
Moon Maui: Including Molokai & Lanai (Moon Handbooks) 
Page 249: “For a private tour guide who delivers a cultural connection to the island, Pono of Open Eye Private Tours (808/572-3483, has been a private tour guide on Maui since 1983, and communicates with the clients before the tour to get an assessment of of what sort of activities might suit them best.” To read the rest of this article, please Click here.
Hawaii with Kids by Rachel Christmas Derrick 
“Barry ‘Pono’ Fried, an outdoorsman, certified SCUBA diver, language teacher, and musician as well as a published photographer, loves getting children of all ages involved in the fun whether he is leading visitors to the island’s most popular spots or to nooks and crannies they might never find on their own.”
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Social and Cultural Tours to Hawaii An article in USA Today that mentions Open Eye Tours (go down to “Customized Tours”).
Open Eye Tours and Photos A wonderful mention in Travel and Leisure. “Longtime Maui resident Pono Fried, an extremely knowledgeable guide and teacher of Hawaiian culture, reveals the unseen island on privately guided, custom-designed tours. The tailored educational and nature outings could include the island’s evolution, medicinal and cultural plants (with sampling of fruit and other edibles), language, history, legends, and hidden temples and sacred sites. Tours are conducted on all the islands.”
From the American Express Travel Insights article Undiscovered Maui “With inviting beaches and the requisite stunning scenery, Maui has long been a popular destination for a variety of travellers. But most people see the island on rather predictable tours. Pono Fried, owner of Open Eye Tours and an expert on Hawaiian culture, history, and nature, has a few ideas about how to see the island in a whole new way (and avoid the crowds in the process).”
Talkin Travel Hawaii articles Four paragraphs from the very bottom of the page is the article Hawaii: the Holiday Antidote by Axel Olson. “Open Eye Tours gave me a new appreciation of Paradise.”
Iao Valley with Pono Fried (video) This is an example of just ONE type of service I provide- the tour was geared toward Culture, Ethno-botany and Spirituality based on the nature of the interviewer’s mission/interests. Also, this sample tour with Lilou was more than 3 hours and the footage was edited down to under 20 minutes, so this excerpt (not in sequence) is just meant to be a brief introduction/sampling of some of the things that might take place on certain tours only.
Travel With a Challenge website:
Tour Operators and planners
Maui Agri-Tourism
Maui’s Kaanapali Hotel
Hawaii Operators
As per our advertising partnership, Open Eye Tours now has a presence on four distinct pages of the Travel with a Challenge web magazine.
Uluwehi Guerrero Uluwehi Guerrero, Kumu Hula, Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winning Recording Artist, Singer and Entertainer. Perpetuating Hawaiian Culture through Hula, chanting, music, study and cultural exchange.
Diana Lehr, Artist Beautiful world-class art done by a lovely new friend of mine. Her work speaks to my spirit and touches the heart of my soul deeply. Breathtaking! Please visit Diana’s site today!
Extended Horizons Dive Erik Stein’s Extended Horizons Maui/Lana’i for your underwater experience second to none.
Maui Points Of View Award-winning web ezine about Maui. Articles, photos, VRML panoramas, and much more.
KALANI Oceanside ECO-RESORT A unique tropical get-away. The only coastal lodging facility within Hawaii’s largest conservation area! Adventures, accommodations and events; fun and affordable!
All Ways Maui’d Weddings and Ceremonies All Ways Maui’d Weddings and Ceremonies
Seventh Wave PhotoGraphics
“Short Notice Okay!”
Aloha from Kolleen and Bruce,
Ka`eleku Caverns/Maui Cave Adventures Never before offered visit deep into the heart of an extinct lava tube. Unforgettable geology lesson!
Freesun News Weekly newsletter edited by Freesun News, the Belgian magazine for the travel trade since 1983
Big Island Vacation rental and Hiking Tours Comfortable vacation rentals on the Big Island with customized hikes to lava fields.