Marv MyersUnited States
Josh was OUTSTANDING! Our ohana of 9 ranging in age from 4 to 72 all voted our day with Josh as the Best of the Best during our 4 Island vacation. One of my daughters who was skeptical of hiring a guide commented that we should have hired guides on other Islands. The interaction with other guides displayed the respect he has among his peers. Josh will live in our hearts and minds as we fondly remember our vacation. I would encourage anyone visiting the Big Island to hire Josh. He covered history, culture
Omer BernardoUnited States
Jay SiskindHouston, TEXAS, United States
Joshua gave us a wonderful tour of Hilo. Unfortunately, the Volcano Nat'l Park was closed because of the eruptions but he improvised nicely and we had a great tour.
Charles W RobertsUnited States
We planned our tour over 6 months ago. Josh was very responsive and helpful in the planning process. Being picked up at our vacation rental in a comfortable van was a real plus. Josh was very considerate and professional throughout the day. On our own, we would never have been able to see as much as we did. Despite the closure of the Park, it was an amazing tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Charles, Thank you for your feedback, I am glad you and your family/friends enjoyed the tour! Please let me know when you return for a visit. Mahalo, Josh
Ferebee SmithUnited States
John HunleyUnited States
Josh was an awesome guide! He was friendly and personable, and his love for his native Hawaii came through in everything he said and did. We visited several historic sites and Josh's stories from the past allowed the history to come to life. We also saw a coffee plantation with lots of yummy samples and tons of gorgeous plants and trees. We would absolutely book with Josh again if we are fortunate enough to visit the Big Island again in our future!
Jodi WUnited States
We would highly recommend Josh.We had a rainy day on Hawaii and Josh still made it educational and fun.He had huge umbrellas for us to use and also water and snacks.Those little details add to the experience.He adapted our tour to the weather & accompanied us at all of the locations but also gave us space as a family.It was nice not to be rushed and timed at each stop.The vehicle was also spacious and clean. Josh was very friendly and just overall great. Thanks for making our trip memorable!
Julie ShenUnited States
Our Hilo tour is five star all around. Joshua was born and raised on the island, knowledgeable in the way of a true native. He was courteous, punctual, took us to this great place for local food. His Mercedes van was spacious and spotless, more than enough room for our group of 8, and so easy to get in and out of. Highly recommend.
Frances SciscivoRussell Lea, NSW, Australia
Josh is more than you could ask for, Excellent.
Catherine RobertsANCASTER, ON, Canada
Fantastic tour with Joshua, very knowledgeable, answered many many questions for us. Flexible and really good with seniors very patient. Showed us everything he could in the time we had, wonderful day with him. Would recommend him highly. Thank you Joshua.
Leonard DalbertiUnited States
Josh was amazing, took us around to see a lot of places and customized our trip to fit our wants and needs. Took us to a great local eatery. He let us stay as long as we wanted to, never rushing us. If we're ever in Hilo, we will be sure to look him up again. Highly recommended!
James GraysonUnited States
Robert ThomasUnited States
Joshua G. Was excellent,(family of 9 from 67-4) on a fabulous tour of the island, from Hilo HI. My 4 year old grandson felt that it was the best tour of all. He loved the black sand and rocks, that also had 2 juvenile turtles. He felt he was King of the Mt. Josh was very considerate of me(67) helping me up the rocks to see the turtles. Josh took us to get poke, my granddaughter wanted to do that. It was delicious.Then lunch, the National Park. It was superb. I highly recommend Josh.Money well spent.TY
Helen HarakuniUnited States
Ronan HinesUnited States
I was not part of the tours that I booked, my Daughter went in my place and this review is based on their experiences: He verbally complained about other drivers and people around us. A negative vibe.
Ronan HinesUnited States
I was not part of the tours that I booked, my Daughter went in my place and this review is based on their experiences.
Howard DossettUnited States
Josh was great! Never felt rushed and got to see some great sites. Van was clean and cool and Josh gave us alot of great info about the islands. Will definitely use him again when we go back.
Joyce ZielinskiUnited States
Thanks Joshua for a great tour, everyone in my group enjoyed it.
Christine GuilbeauUnited States
Josh was amazing! You can't ask for a better guide than Josh. Highly recommended!
Brent SmallUnited States
If you want an extremely knowledgable tour guide with a fantastic sense of humour and an easy going demeanour, then JOSH is your guy. We had a party of 5, including 2 seniors with limited mobility. Josh selected activities that were tailored to our group and was so very patient and helpful getting us all in and out of the van, including the wheelchair and walker. Nice size van with lots of room. He speaks with passion about his homeland and his knowledge of its history was very enlightening. EXCELLENT!!
Sue T.United Kingdom
This tour was the highlight of our holiday to the U.S. Josh is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and made sure we had a wonderful day. From seeing red magma bubbling away to stunning Rainbow Falls, huge banyan trees and big turtles, everything we saw had a 'Wow' factor. Josh lent us binoculars to see the magma more clearly and was an expert not only on the volcano but also local plants and trees. We came away loving the Island and having had a truly wonderful day. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Janice FleemanUnited States
Our party of four was very impressed with our tour guide, Josh. He made sure we saw the highlights in Hilo. He also made an effort to stay ahead of the tour buses so we wouldn't get caught up in the crowds. He was knowledgeable and thoroughly enjoyable. We will be recommending Josh to anyone traveling to Hilo. In fact, any future trips we take, we will be using Tours by Locals.
Thanks to Joshua for a fantastic full day tour today. He was friendly, entertaining, extremely knowledgable and paced the day for us beautifully. A definite 5/5 from us.
Sherri Long55127, United States
We hired Josh to take the 8 of us around Hawaii, including the Kilauea volcano. Being a native, he was VERY knowledgeable about the history and geography of the island. He also had a great sense of humor and had us all laughing and smiling thru out the tour. He was very accommodating, as we asked him to include a stop at a local coffee farm and a tour of the Volcano Winery, which weren't on the original itinerary. Josh spent a lot of time with us and we enjoyed every minute of it. He was FANTASTIC!!
Barb StrasUnited States
Josh was amazing. Very clean vehicle. Microphone REALLY helped. He was prepared, informative, helpful, humorous and an overall delight! This was a terrific tour with a well prepared guide. **Don't hesitate to book a tour with Josh!** We went to a great little spot for lunch, visited 'out of the way' places and even hiked into the woods to look into a volcanic steam vent and walk into and through a lava tube. Excellent experience for the 6 of us!
Louise VoyerOttawa, ON, Canada
Tour was ok. But we found it extremely difficult to deal with the guide (pre-arrangements)
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences, and believe flexibility & clear communication is part of this. Compensation has been provided in this case, and we will work with Joshua to improve these aspects of the customer experience going forward.
Aquanette HamptonUnited States
Joshua was our tour guide, great trip, from start to finish. Very interesting and informative, would recommend him to family and friend.
Frances SciscivoRussell Lea, NSW, Australia
Karen RekietaUnited States
Wonderful tour by Josh of the Volcano Park! Will definitely ask him again.
Patricia SchulerUnited States
This tour was one of the best I have experienced in years. Great care was taken to individualize my experience for not only my interests but my level of physical activity. Great story-teller as well! Very fun!
Constance BakerUnited States
Josh was a terrific tour guide in the Big Island. His fund of knowledge was most impressive, as was his outgoing nature and pleasant personality. He shared a lot of personal information as well. My only suggestion would be to start off the tour with a list of sites we are going to visit, with time estimates for completion of the trip. He was terrific - a 10 out of 10. Connie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Constance, I'm happy you enjoyed your visit with us on the Big Island. Thank you for the awesome feedback and great review. I will surely take your suggestion into consideration. I Look forward to your next visit to our beautiful island. Mahalo Josh
Josh was the best tour guide we had while we were in Hawaii. His gentle personality & manner was very easy to get along with. He was very aware of our groups age brackets. We had a 10yr old & two seniors traveling with us. He was easy to talk to &easy to listen to. He took us to everything that we wanted to see and more. His knowledge of the islands history is immense & has a great way of sharing his knowledge & keeping everyones interest. Our visit to the big island was the best because of Josh! Thank U!
This was by far the best tour during our trip to the Hawaiian Is. We were fortunate enough to have Josh for both of our two day visit to the big island. Josh was an amazing guide. He took us to all the main attractions we wanted to see but managed to avoid the crowds and show us attractions that were not 'mainstream' locations. His knowledge was immense, but he was also very good at explaining things for my 10yr old. He was by far the best guide we've had on any of our tours. Truly the best! Thank You!
Darin B.United States
Absolutely wonderful tour with an excellent guide. Taking the tour with Josh was like taking a tour with a good friend. Would definitely take this tour or another tour with Josh if we get back to the Big Island.
Paul QuigleyUnited States
Josh, Thanks so much for a tour of a lifetime. You met us at the cruise dock, took us to our wish list plus more of the places to we wanted to visit and returned us safely to the ship. What stands out about your tour is your knowledge of the area to include geology, extensive plant and animal life, Hawaiian folk lore and sacred stories along with many picturesque stops. With very good tour rhythm, you used native Hawaiian language and culture to make this a world-class experience.
Martha SpatzUnited States
Our tour with Josh on Tuesday, September 27th was outstanding. My husband and I had 6 hours to see the Big Island before flying back to Oahu. With Josh we got to see and learn so very much in a very limited time. Josh was very very knowledgable about everything: the volcanoes, the wildlife, the people and the culture - Just what we wanted! We would very highly recommend Josh!
Tina DiGelloUnited States
Everything we were looking for! Josh was very accommodating and taylored the tour to our personal interest. He was knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions regarding local history, plant life and volcanic history. What an incredible experience our twilight tour was...thank you Josh!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great review! I am glad you enjoyed your tour. Please let me know when you are headed back to the Big Island. Aloha, Josh
A great day out with Joshua. We did a full day, leaving from Hilo and going nearly all the way around the island. We enjoyed all of his recommendations for places to go and he was very accommodating in adding on a few extra places that we also wanted to go to. He was very knowledgeable and you could see that he pitched his discussion to the interests of his audience rather than than going through a set spiel. Doing this with Joshua instead of being part of a group added extra levels of enjoyment.
Steve ColtreUnited States
Mary Lou DonkerslootSC, 29941, United States
Josh is terrific! Great tour, very informative. Very comfortable car. Enjoyed every minute. Would not hesitate to recommend him.
Gail StoddartMarion, NY, United States
Josh is a perfect tour guide! He took us (5 adult family members) to Volcanoes National Park and along the way explained what we were going to see and do and asked us if we had anything in particular we wanted to do that day. He is full of information and shares it clearly so that we could understand it....always welcoming questions. He gave us time to view the volcano and take photos. I highly recommend him as a tour guide!!
Patti VliegerUnited States
Josh was a lot of fun. He took us places we would have never found without a local. Definitely recommend.
Steve LyonUnited States
Joshua did a wonderful job. He meet us at the airport on time in a nice minivan with a car seat for our 20 month old granddaughter. He really knows his island and it's history. You can tell he loves to guide and loves his home island. He showed us a wonderful day on the island. We enjoyed our time with him and all that he showed us. I would recommend him to anyone who likes to have a stress free day of sites, information, good food, and making a new friend! Thanks Josh!
Vara KesavarapuUnited States
Joshis the best tour guide and showed more places than what we asked for. Highly recommend to any who are visiting Kona. He knows in and out of the city and can customize the tour according to our needs. Best tour guide that we have worked with so far.
Vara KesavarapuUnited States
Josh is the best tour guide and showed more places than what we asked for. Highly recommend to any who are visiting Hilo. He knows in and out of the city and can customize the tour according to our needs. Best tour guide that we have worked with so far.
Ginny PuhlUnited States
Fantastic tour! Josh is incredibly knowledgeable and heartfelt about his island! Our small group of four immediately felt comfortable and at home with Josh. He was able to answer any questions we had and regaled us with many tales of history and folklore. We highly recommend him to anyone traveling to Hilo!
Carol NashUnited States
Josh went out of his way to accommodate all of our requests!
Geraldine WestNew Zealand
We were 2 ladies on a cruise & nervous re booking trips online. After reading trip reviews bout large groups wanting to see sights at the same time & spending precious time at shops we felt it would be better to do on our own. The cost was similar but instead of sharing a 50 seater bus with others we had Josh to ourselves in a lovely comfortable van. Josh was great, took us where we wanted at times when there were no buses. Was very informative & helpful. We recommend him highly & would use him again.
Geraldine WestNew Zealand
We were 2 ladies on a cruise nervous re booking trips online but after reading reviews of trips on 50 seater buses trying to see the sights at same time and spending precious time at shops we chose to do on our own. The cost was similar - we had Josh to ourselves in a lovely comfortable van. Josh was great, took us where we wanted at times when there were no buses. Was very informative & helpful. We recommend him highly & would use him again.
We had the best day with Josh exploring some key attractions in Kona. He was so relaxed and funny, and very caring when my 70 year old mother was unwell on the tour. I would recommend him, and book with him again, in a heartbeat! Thanks for a great day Josh :)
Lawrence EpnerUnited States
Very Knowledgeable Guide with lots of local detail.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo! I look forward to seeing you again. Aloha, Josh
Laura MathewsUnited States
I five starts that I gave joshua don't begin to relate to our once-in-a-lifetime experience. He was the most fabulous guide we have ever experienced and we will recommend him to all of our friends who are looking for an incredible guide and tour of the island. Our experience with him was so much more than we could ever have imagined and he even gave us extra time to show us the volcanoes at night. It was the highlight of our trip!!!!! What an asset he is!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laura! I am glad you enjoyed your tour around the island. Please let me know when you return to Hawaii. Aloha, Josh
Josh is a great guide - informative, personable, very flexible and accommodating. He did an excellent job tailoring the tour to our interests, fitness level and the like. This was a wonderful intro for most of our group to Tours by Locals. Very impressed!
Mabel YeungUnited States
Mabel YeungUnited States
Thank you Josh for a fabulous day! 10 out 10 for your service! Your knowledge and attention to detail - remarkable. Not only did the adults love your tour but the kids thought it was fantastic as well! Highly recommend the Twighlight Volcano Tour with Josh!
Luis ColonUnited States
In a few words Josh was outstanding as a local tour guide. Punctual, neatly dressed, articulate, very friendly, excellent driver and pleasant. His fund of knowledge helped us better understand our tour with accurate historical background. Really enjoyed the Greenwell Kona coffee plantation tour, but he shined the best at City of Refuge and Captain Cook's. Without reservations I would recommend him and your business to family and friends. Thank you Josh!
Josh is a very professional, friendly and excellent tour guide. His knowledge about the island, foliage, the volcano and the area is exceptional. I would definitely recommend him to do your tour. We have done many excursions with Tours by Locals and each guide has been excellent but he was the best.
Roz BrilliantUnited States
excellent tour guide. Personable,knowledgeable. Definitely a must guide for the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui loa!
Roz BrilliantUnited States
Joshua is a find. He is fun to be with. He knows the Island & the history. Great guide. Deserves more than 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha to the Brilliant family! It was a pleasure sharing our island with you. I hope to see you the next time you return to Hawaii whether for a tour or just to say hello. Mahalo, Josh
Ann P.Honolulu, HI, United States
Having been to Kailua-Kona area many times, we were so pleased that Joshua to us to the City of Refuge. We had never visited this National Park before. He added marvelous commentary to go along with the visit and several other stops.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui loa Ann!
Ann P.Honolulu, HI, United States
We live in Honolulu and have been to Hilo many times, but Joshua was still able to show us things we had never seen. His commentary was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Ann, I am glad that a local from our islands was able to enjoy the Big Island even after being here several times. I look forward to your next visit and hope to share more with you! Mahalo for the review, Josh
Sandra FormanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Sandra! I am glad you enjoyed your tour. Aloha, Josh
William RathbunUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo William! It was fun traveling with you and your friends.
William RathbunUnited States
Alfred HolzheuUnited States
Josh is an amazing resource on everything Hawaii. Our tour was a weather disaster, but Josh made lemonade out of the lemons we were given.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Alfred! I am glad you enjoyed your lemonade. We've been experiencing some more of that wild weather we toured with that day. Please let me know when you are headed back to the Big Island, I will be happy to share more of our island with you! Mahalo a hui hou, Josh
Marjorie EversonUnited States
Josh was awesome. He is very knowledgable about the island. He is accommodating to our interests. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and tried to book another with him, but he was already booked. We will use him again and recommend him to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marjorie for the kind words! I am glad you enjoyed your tour and look forward to your next visit to Hawaii Island. Aloha, Josh
Swamy KandadaiUnited States
We are a group of 10 and we contacted Joshua for a tour of the Big Island. Two qualities that describe Josh are his patience and flexibility. He is very flexible and we enjoyed the tour of the Big Island in his 14 seater van. We were very impressed with his knowledge of the area and explained the historical significance of several areas. Every member of the group was very happy and Josh made our stay in the Big Island, HI memorable. I will not choose a different tour guide if I were to visit again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Swamy, I am glad to hear you and your group enjoyed the tour of the Big Island including the fresh island fruit! I look forward to your next visit to Hawaii Island. Mahalo, Josh
Ruth LockwoodLancaster, OHIO, United States
We had a wonderful tour with Josh. He was very informative and knowledgeable about the area, and he was willing to show us any place we were interested in. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed your time touring Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I hope to see you on your next trip to the islands. Aloha, Josh
Charles PeelerUnited States
Josh showed us the reality of what it is to be Hawaiian; we wouldn't have expected that from any tour we could have arranged. He gave us his undivided attention and was thoroughly knowledgeable about folklore, geology, history, and flora and fauna. Entertaining, enthusiastic, and energetic about showing his island with us, Josh's goal was always to please us and provide us with the ultimate experience. Josh gave 150%. Loved him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha to the Peeler Family, I am glad I was able to share a true island experience with you! I look forward to the next time you visit Hawaii Island. Mahalo, Josh
Great visit, a very dynamic guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Hilo. It was fun to share the history and culture of Hilo with your students. Aloha, Josh
Friendly, knowledgeable and adapting to the customer's needs.
We had an absolutely great day with Josh. He picked us up on time in his very clean and comfortable vehicle. We weren't sure what we were doing the day before so Josh agreed to keep our agenda flexible. We ended up doing all that was promised on the tour and more. We never felt rushed and Josh absolutely wanted to make sure we got the experience that worked for us. His knowledge of the island was excellent and he was very honest about what he knew to be fact and what he was unsure of.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julie! I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. I look forward to having you along on your next visit to Hawaii Island. We will be sure to get your huli huli chicken. With much Aloha, Josh
Fred FloweUnited States
The tour by Josh was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!! Josh is a very personable young man and was very caring. Knowledgeable, very happy, witty and positive. Excellent driver!! We could not have ask for a better guide and enjoyed every minute of the tour! Thanks to Josh for a great and memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! I look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to the Big Island. Aloha, Josh
Jeanne HillegasFairhope, PA, United States
I've used Tours By Locals several times in my travels and have never been disappointed. My group of 16 was met at the dock by Josh and John. Both Josh and John were very interesting and had a wealth of knowledge to share with our group. I would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeanne for the review! I am glad you enjoyed your Volcano Adventure tour. We had a lot of fun with your group and look forward to your next visit to the Big Island. Mahalo, Josh
Jacques BenkoskiUnited States
Great job by Josh. Took us everywhere and had insights on everything that made it so much more interesting. He took all the time needed for us to enjoy every part of the tour even if it meant for him to extent past the expected time. Thanks much for a wonderful day !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Jacques! I am glad you enjoyed your Big Island Adventure Tour. It was great to meet you and your family. I enjoyed touring with you around our island. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Mahalo, Josh
Francesca FreelandUnited Kingdom
Joshua was brilliant, very knowledgable about the island and the Volcanoes National Park. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Pick up was easy and excellent, the vehicle was very good, clean and comfortable. Took us to all the major spots and got us back to the ship in plenty of time. Willing to divert off from previously agreed itinerary. HIGHLY recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Francesca! I am glad you enjoyed your tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Aloha, Josh
Karen WardUnited States
Our day with Josh was AMAZING! He was very knowledgeable about the Volcanoes National Park and Hawaiian history/culture. He was energetic and friendly and great fun. Because of frequent weather changes in the region, he was prepared with umbrellas and ponchos for us. He took us to a great local spot for lunch and included a stop at a specialty store where he knew we would find an unusual souvenir for a friend at home. We had a blast!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Karen, I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hope to see you on your next trip to the Big Island! Aloha, Josh
David AherreraUnited States
Josh was an excellent tour guide. He made sure that we had a great time and catered to our needs. He hiked with us down to the Kilauea caldera, the Thurston lava tube, and took us to different places we didn't expect to see. He had water and snacks ready for us to consume after the hikes. I highly recommend touring with Josh - he is a true local with a cute pigeon (Hawaiian local) accent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the awesome review David! I had a great time with you and your hanai family the Sparrow's. I hope you are able to visit again, I would be happy to show you more of our beautiful island. Mahalo, Josh