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Rob K.

Waikoloa Village, HI, United States

A warm Aloha! I met my wife eleven 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

Our family of six thoroughly enjoyed our volcano tour with Rob Kitsell. He was both personable and very knowledgeable about all that we were able to see. He made this a personalized tour and was very accommodating with what we wanted to do, offering us several choices once we'd completed the volcano tour. My teenage daughter particularly enjoyed seeing sea turtles! Rob also took many great photos of our day, which he promptly shared with us. Definitely recommend both the tour, and Rob as your guide!
Dianne Ely

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Credentials

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.

Restrictions

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.

Guide Requirements for United States

Private tour guide Rob

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Tours by Rob K.

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Private tour guide Rob

Kona Adventure to Black Sand Beach Plus,...

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Kona Adventure to Black Sand Beach with free Photography the must see,...

795 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours

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Kona Coast to 2018 Eruption Tour, Sea,...

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Experience a Road less traveled. The newest land on the Big Island.

1050 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

9 hours 30 min.

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Volcano Tour + Sea Cliffs & Waterfalls,...

Ultimate Volcanoes National Park VIP Tour includes Photography

750 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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2018 Eruption Tour, Sea cliffs, Rainforest,,...

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Experience a Road less traveled. The newest land on the Big Island.

799 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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From Hilo Side: Custom Volcano Tour with,...

Ideal for Cruise ship passengers looking for a Custom Tour.

750 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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The UnVolcano Tour. An Adventure of North,...

Visits the Most Mature and Beautiful part of the Big Island North of,...

749 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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Kona Coast: Adventure to Volcanoes National,...

Ideal for visitors staying on the Kona & Kohala coast (Volcano Twlight,...

990 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

9 hours

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Hilo Waterfalls, Sea cliffs, Rainforest,,...

Experience a Road less traveled. Old Hawaii and the newest land on,...

675 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours

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Circle Big Island Tour - Mercedes Benz,...

Ultimate Big Island Adventure Tour Includes Photography

1199 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

11 hours

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Kona Ultimate Experience from Culture,...

Best of Kona Tour with free Photography the must see Kona tour

595 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours

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Kona Coast Coffee & Turtles Tour - 11,...

Kona Coast Tour Includes Capt Cook Monument (kealakekua bay) & Turtles

475 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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Best Big Island Experience South Point,...

Unique Opportunity to experience A Fish BBQ in a remote location the,...

750 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours 30 min.

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Waikoloa: Adventure to Kona Coast Coffee,...

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Kohala Coast Tour to Kona Includes Capt Cook Monument (Kealakekua bay),...

599 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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Waikoloa: Ultimate Kona Experience from,...

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Best of Kona Tour with free Photography the must see Kona tour

699 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours

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Waikoloa: Hawaiian Cowboy Country. Hawi,...

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Awesome Backroads Tour, a taste of old Hawaii

599 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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Waikoloa: Kohala Coast: Adventure to,...

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Ideal for visitors staying in Waikoloa & Kohala Coast who want to experience,...

999 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

9 hours

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Active Lava Adventure from Kona/Kohala,...

Tour to the Active Lava from Kona Coast Resorts - Mercedes 11 Passenger,...

1295 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

10 hours 30 min.

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