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DeWaine T.

Keaau, HI, United States

Aloha travelers! All of us on the island are glad you are here!

Now, are you ready to experience the Big Island of Hawaii via the roads less travelled? Let's go! Rainforests & volcanoes, elegance & awe, spectacles & hidden treasures- we have it all!

**A special note to visitors: Due to the current eruption of Kilauea Volcano, both at the summit and along the lower east rift zones, some island attractions are no longer accessible. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed until further notice and no agency is able to legally provide ground-based close up views of flowing lava. That said, the safety of our clients is first and foremost and as such we only visit areas that are completely safe. We are confident that we can show you wonders to last a lifetime!**

Hawaii is the perfect place to share my life-long passion for the wonders of the natural world. I have been an interpretive naturalist guide, and educator- both in and out of the classroom- for nearly three decades. Before being a Hilo-based guide, I led eco-oriented, family-friendly tours in Alaska, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Over the years, I have guided film crews from the BBC, Discovery Channel, Disneynature, and Animal Planet. In 2010, I became a permanent resident of Hawaii, and since, have had the great fortune of showing visitors from around the world the spectacular diversity of what many believe is the "Best Island. "

Your interests are my primary concern! What intrigues you- our unique flora and fauna, and how it came to be? The island's dynamic geological saga? Hiking across a sunken, hardened, lava lake? I love bringing history to life, and to "talk story. " It has been a personal quest of mine to make a concentrated study of the distinctive Hawaiian history, rich culture, and traditional stories as taught by our Kupunas (Hawaiian Elders).

My philosophy as a guide is to take an immersive approach. I believe that quality is more important than quantity. If you are one who wants to check an attraction off your list and move on, then my private tours may not be for you. We do not rush; we take the time to absorb- to learn the history, to listen to the birds, to luxuriate in the moment.

The advantage of having a single, (Honda) van which carries a maximum of 6 passengers is that we can be flexible- not only for alternative start times, but it allows us to choose, spontaneously, to change our itinerary to skirt around rainy weather, or avoid the big-bus crowds. I provide ice & drinks, snacks & a picnic lunch, umbrellas & rain ponchos, and folding chairs, should we opt to take a restful break. All the photos that I take on our adventure will be uploaded to the 'cloud' and I will provide you with a special access code so you are able to view, download, and share as you like- free of charge.

Being committed to the future of our island community, a portion of all my net profits goes to local organizations that protect and replenish our island's unique and delicate natural ecosystems. You can rest assured that your tour fee will also be benefitting the same habitats and people that you are experiencing and enjoying.

I truly believe in the spirit of Aloha; I hold it in my heart. Together, let's share the Aloha of this land, and each other!

-DeWaine

A Recent Review of this guide

Excellent and fun tour. DeWaine changed the itinerary to meet our interests. It was a very scenic trip driving and DeWaine provided interesting stories about the Big Island and Hawaiian culture along the way. We made a lot of stops along the way to hike through lava tubes, see waterfalls and other interesting places. Communication with DeWaine to coordinate the trip was thorough and prompt. He also provided some recommendations on things to do.
Anne F.

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Credentials

-Fully Insured and Licensed by the State of Hawai'i to conduct tours on the Big Island
-Certified Guide for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
-TSA certification (TWIC) allows me to pick you up right at the cruise ship pier in Hilo.
-Permanent resident of Hawai'i, sharing the wonders of our island since 2010
-Continued attendance of lectures and excursions pertaining to Hawaiian Natural History and Culture
-Experienced guide- 25+ years leading tours in Alaska, Central and South America

Restrictions

- My tours are Hilo-based. If you are coming from the Kona side, my favorite spot to rendezvous is at the parking lot located at the east side of Saddle Road, but I'm open to suggestions.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.

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Tours by DeWaine T.

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Go for the Glow- while lava supply lasts!

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