Let's go! Rainforests & volcanoes, elegance & awe, spectacles & hidden treasures- we have it all!
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!
-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
-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
- My tours are Hilo-based. If you are coming from the Kona side, we could meet at a pre-determinded spot in Hilo, or in Volcano Village, just outside the park entrance.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.