I kept coming back every chance I got until I finally got the opportunity to move here. I made many trips over the years to all the islands and in 2005 I made the move to Oahu and have given many tours there. In June of 2012 I moved to the Big Island and currently reside in Leilani Estates in the district of Puna, also known as the east cape, 22 miles from Hilo.
I have both a deep love and a great respect/reverence for everything Hawaiian from the beautiful land and ocean, to the history and culture, to the people and music as well as the beautiful Aloha Spirit which I strive to incorporate into my tours.
In the years I've lived and worked all around Oahu & the Big Island, I've discovered many very wonderful, spectacular places, hikes with truly breath-taking views and photo ops, and beaches that the large, major tour companies don't go to with the best snorkeling ever, some of these places I found on my own and some I learned about from locals that have lived here their whole lives. Whenever friends or family came over, I would take them on these circle island tours to these places and eat at these less known, less expensive, but very, very good places and they absolutely loved the tour so I decided to offer this same wonderful, more private/intimate island experience to smaller, more eco-friendly (I have a Ford Escape Hybrid) or sustainable groups at a very reasonable price. They are really and truly are "the hidden Big Island" tours.
When I took family and friends around, we would leave at 8am and end up returning by between 6 & 8pm in the evening. It was so enjoyable that it never seemed like 10 or 12 hours, not even close. It seemed to take that long to really be able to see/experience most of the island without being rushed but then I realized that many people visiting won't have that much time or want to spend that much time so I decided to also offer tours and hikes of lesser lengths (10, 8, and 6 hour tours just by either leaving some parts out that might not be of as much interest, covering only part of the island, by shortening the amount of time we spend at certain spots and/or just focus on a couple of areas, activities, and/or hikes. If you feel any or all of the hikes are too much for you physically, we can spend the extra, more time, on covering more of the island, seeing more things and/or spending some time at one of the many really wonderful, uncrowded beaches.
Since I'm a certified sailing instructor I'm going to be joining the Hilo Sailing club so that I'll have access to several sizes and types of sailboats in case you'd rather go sailing or just make that a 2 hour part of your tour, let me know.
During your tour I will answer any and all questions about other parts of the Island that we haven't covered. I look forward to hearing from you, discussing which options you're interested in, and planning your ideal tour with you. You are in for a really great treat, something you will cherish and remember always, have you wanting to come back for more soon to see and do more in this Island Paradise.
I sincerely hope you decide to join me on one of my tours so that I can share with you the amazing beauty, wonder, and some of the great food of the land (Aina) that I love and so that you can return home with wonderful memories, photos, and a real sense of the Aloha Spirit. During the tours I will also share some of the history, stories, and stats of the islands. If you decide to join me I guarantee that you will experience the best views, waterfalls, beaches/snorkeling, and photo opportunities, as well as have a great time, eat some great food, get some great photos, and be very glad that you joined me for an experience you'll always remember & cherish.
With warmest Aloha, your Private Island guide in Paradise,
A Recent Review of this guide
What a GREAT day. This tour was fantastic. We even experienced two earthquakes. Laurence had the day very organized and there was absolutely nothing he did not know about Hilo. We got to visit places that the locals hung out and loved it. This was the best tour we have been on. Laurence is very easy going and made us feel relaxed in asking him questions and not hurrying us along if we wanted to stay longer at a site. He is the best!
Judith (Judy) Choplin
ITMI Certified Tour Director/Guide, US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructor, Red Cross First Aid and CPR certified for both adults and children, Advanced Scuba certification. Hawaii Exise Tax license for my company.