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Rob K.

VOLCANO, HI, United States

A warm Aloha! I met my wife Twelve years ago on the Big Island and we both love this place (she is also a ToursByLocals guide).

To share Aloha with visitors is a pleasure and something I strive for every day. The diversity of climates and plant life on the Island is amazing along with the difference in age of parts of the Island. The Puna district is a perfect example, much of that area is less than 1, 000 years old, while other parts of the island are over 1 million years old. This Island is a very special place and I promise to provide you with a very memorable experience!

Photos last forever and are memories you can share with others, having been a former publisher I enjoy giving people the opportunity to have memories that last forever by providing a link to the photos taken throughout the day.

My goal as a tour Guide is to provide you with the very best small group experience on the Big Island, there are so many interesting facts and history about the Big Island. I provide water, snacks, and chargers for most phones, interesting DVD's about the island and narrate our stops.

I provide free photography that is uploaded to a photo sharing cloud, free of charge, where you can email links of the photographs to people, or download your images.

------------- Timeline of recent events below -------------

This has been an interesting Year on the Big Island, with a January 13, 2018, a false ballistic missile alert was issued via the Emergency Alert System and Commercial Mobile Alert System over television, radio, and cellphones in Hawaii.

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a new Lava overflow began on Halema'uma'u crater floor. A massive Lava lake was visible an awesome site.

May 4, 2018 - I was with a Group from the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship on the Chain of Craters rd Switchback Overlook when A 6. 9 magnitude earthquake shakes the Big Island the Lava in the two main Craters starts to drain. This Quake lasted over 30 seconds and the Tour van was pitched around like a Bucking Bronco. (No body hurt a few were shaken not stirred and recovered with a drink in the Volcano House bar.

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.

August 25th 2018 Hurricane Lane dumped 52 inches of rain on East Hawaii. ( Hilo side). On the Kona/ Kohala Coast we received less than 3 inches of rain. !

All is good now on the Big Island and we are back and open for business.

A Recent Review of this guide

Very knowledgeable guide, very good vehicle and very accommodating to clients. We highly recommend Rob to other visitors to island. 5+ stars.
Karen Kiefer

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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.


Please note we are not able to accommodate passengers in Wheels chairs or those who cannot climb into a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, we do have a stool to help entry to the van.

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