We hope to have more information on that by the end of July 2018 **
I love the Big Island and believe it is one of the most amazing places in the world. I have a Mercedes Sprinter 11 passenger van with DVD screen and I provide snacks and water. I also have a Canon DSLR camera I take group photos and give you the link for free. We started doing that 3 years ago and have really loved the results and so have many families.
I arrived to the Big Island in 2007, as soon as I got off the plane it felt like home. I spent quite a few years in the Philippines growing up and my parents moved us to the Seattle area just as I was going into high school. The climate, trees, lava rock reminded me of the Philippines. Not to mention the rice and spam for breakfast!! I met my husband while living on the Big Island ten years ago. This island is a very special place and I love showing people the wonders here.
It is extremely important to me that you have a memorable tour and experience. I am newer with ToursByLocals but my husband and I started a tour company a few years ago, my husband has been with ToursByLocals for a couple years and has successfully completed over 100 tours. I decided I would like to join ToursByLocals as well and they just had an opening. Customer satisfaction is a huge priority for us. We have two Mercedes Benz Sprinter Vans with DVD's, one is silver and one is black.
All tours are customized to fit your needs and what you want to see. We change things depending on weather if that is a factor. I have umbrellas and provide ponchos if we run into rain. Most of the time we can avoid the majority of the bad weather.
The Big Island the newest and largest island in the Hawaiian island chain. I have a deep respect of the island and the culture here. Through experience I have found it's important to customize each tour to ensure everyone sees what they want.
Have a tour in mind you don't see me list? Send me a message and I will work towards accommodating you if possible.
All tours include photography: the photos are typically available by the next morning.
My husband Rob K. Is also a TBL guide, we can offer larger Tours groups up to 16 to 25 people, please contact us for availability.
** Regarding Cruise Critic and mixed groups. I recently had the displeasure of having someone try to take charge of the tour and they were not the Primary. They were the Primary on the previous day with my husband, but on the day they were with me they were not the primary. I only do private tours, that means whoever books me that is the person that calls the shots on the tour. If you join other people on a tour and you are not the Primary and you want to go to other places that is between you and the Primary (the person who booked me).
There is a reason I do not sell seats. I like to customize things so everyone has a good time and can see as much as possible. The Primary (the person who booked) is who I look to for the changes. If all of you don't know each other and you want to see something else you need to talk to the Primary. If you don't like something being nasty or demanding is not going to work because I only do private tours and if the Primary doesn't want to do what you want that is between you and them.
A Recent Review of this guide
In spite of the fact that Volcanos Natl Park was closed when we just visited (and apparently may continue closed for a couple more years), we had a really great day with Jodi and saw/did plenty of other things that made our day trip over from Oahu well worthwhile. Weather turned out great and Jodi was very pleasant/easy going and willing to adjust the day as we wished. Both the adults and kids in our little group thoroughly enjoyed her and the entire day. Mahalo to all!
TSA certified pass (TWIC) allows for pickup right at the cruise ship pier
State of Hawaii PUC Motor Carrier License
Certified Guide Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Licensed by the National Park Service for Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park