May 5th 2018. All Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivision residents are ordered to evacuate.
Massive Active Lava flows for the next 94 Days Destroying over 700 Homes and covering 13 Miles of Land in Lower Puna.
The eruption has halted and the Big Island has the lowest volcanic gas emissions since 2007.
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. Volcanoes National Park is still closed and there should be a lava viewing area soon. If you book a tour I will make sure I touch base with all customers if lava viewing becomes available or if anything changes.
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.
A Recent Review of this guide
Jodi is a wonderful guide who studies history of the sites; is prepared with water & snacks; and adjusts the tour for the group. When we return we will definitely ask for Jodi.
I am Licensed by the State of Hawaii PUC as a Official Tour Operator in the up to 14 Passenger category. TSA certified pass (TWIC) allows me to pick you up at the cruise ship pier in Hilo & Kona.
Volcanoes National Park Certified Guide.
I am licensed by the National Park Service for the Volcanoes National Park and to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (The Place of Refuge is the most historically correct site in all of the Hawaiian Islands a true must see location) Insured with a $2 Million Liability policy.