Barry TenenholtzUnited States
Laurence is a most exceptional guide and gave a remarkable tour of Hilo and surrounding areas. No way we could have ever figured this out ourselves; his love of Hawaii was quite obvious and I know that we saw areas that other guides would have known about. I always want to try local food - Laurence took us to Kaleo's Bar and Grill - they had the best coconut grilled shrimp and calamari I have ever had. But even more importantly, his knowledge contributed to such a wonderful trip! Thanks Laurence!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the gre at review & rating!
Susan RotoloUnited States
We asked for a tour to include off the beaten track and we got it!
Tracy GihlUnited States
Wonderful tour. Laurence was very informative and fun! We had a great time. I highly recommend this tour and this guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tracy, thank you for the great rating & review.
Had a wonderful Tour with Laurence. He was very informative to all the places we went
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating and comments.
Alice SchmidtUnited States
We had a very special day in Hilo with Laurence. He loves his island and you feel like you are spending the day with a friend. We were shocked to see the devastation that the volcano caused. It took my breath away. If you are looking for a shore excursion in Hilo....look no further.
Alter 2 hours of botanical garden we had to spend 2 hours for lunch in a crouded and noisy restaurant on a downtown crossimg. Thereafter no time left for the volcanoe tour, only a long ride to a Lava Patch that had crossed a road. Not worth the money and Time Sprint Very disappointing , not recomended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry you were so disappointed. You seemed extremely happy with the botanical garden and the food at the restaurant. It was the busiest I've ever seen it. The drive to see the recent flows is what it is and everyone seems amazed and impressed. Yours was the worst and only bad rating and review I've gotten in 10 yeears of giving tours.
Just weeks before our trip to Hawaii, our tour guide for the big island closed operations. In our search for a replacement we came across Tours by Locals and Laurence. He agreed to be our tour guide on short notice. Laurence is the consummate tour guide. He took us to what we wanted to see and more. His knowledge about the island is outstanding. Since it was just us and Laurence, we were able to go places where the big tour companies can't. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrew, Mahalo for the great rating & review.
Howard (Rex) DimmigLakeland, FLORIDA, United States
Laurence made our day in Hilo truly memorable. Following his advice we skipped Volcano National Park, much of which was still closed, and instead went to an area where we were able to see much more of the effects of the recent lava flows. Laurence's extensive knowledge of the area and its history really enhanced our tour. We visited places known only to locals and met several fascinating people. One highlight was a stop at a quaint store selling home-made jams. Will enjoy them for many weeks. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rex for the great rating and review!
Sandra EngwallUnited States
Laurence was a wonderful guide, with lots of local knowledge, and great flexibility. His knowledge of Volcanoes National Park area was exceptional. It was a wonderful day trip.
Judith (Judy) ChoplinUnited States
What a GREAT day. This tour was fantastic. We even experienced two earthquakes. Laurence had the day very organized and there was absolutely nothing he did not know about Hilo. We got to visit places that the locals hung out and loved it. This was the best tour we have been on. Laurence is very easy going and made us feel relaxed in asking him questions and not hurrying us along if we wanted to stay longer at a site. He is the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & review!
William R.United States
Laurence was a great guide. We were 3 couples looking for a tour mostly focused on volcano related sites but flexible to do anything else that sounded interesting. We had a great lunch with Laurence at a place he was familiar with and added in a stop at a local coffee shop/mill. Tour was 6 hours and he did not run out of interesting facts about the local area, volcano, coffee, agricultural, music facts and stories, and Hawaii in general. One of the highlights of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & review.
Debra DevilleFalls Church, VA, United States
Laurence was a fabulous guide. His love of Hawaii is overwhelming! His knowledge of all things Hawaiian was amazing...he definitely kept us entertained and informed. I would highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Debra for the great rating & review.
Steven RomeUnited States
Perfect in every way. Laurence listened to our needs and ideas, made suggestions, and constantly modified the day according to our wishes. He shared his vast knowledge in many Hawaiian customs, nature, and history. We saw many things off the beaten path, and came home with smiles on our faces!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Steven for the great rating & review.
I had 2 tours earlier this month with Laurence. Both tours started from Hilo on The Big Island of Hawaii, and both were most enjoyable. Laurence is very knowledgeable and passionate about his tours and what he does, and it was a pleasure to discover we had a number of common interests.
Nadene GaminoUnited States
If I could give 6 stars I would. Laurence was a pleasure to get to know and he modified the trip for our requests. Our favorite part of the trip was the Volcanic warmed pools! Definitely the best place to relax and end the tour with. Volcano National Park is beautiful! He is very knowledgeable to Hawaii's history as well as plants, animals and music. Lunch spot was wonderful!! Highly recommend!! Pretty sure he may he Jimmy Buffet's long lost brother of the Pacific! Aloha!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great review! Funny u should mention Jimmy Buffet....a friend of mine thinks I look like his twin brother and we actually have s lot in common. You guys were great...u have 2 really awesome daughters.
Susan BennettUnited States
This was truly a 5 star tour! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Laurence as he shared his knowledge of the area around Hilo. Highlights included a stunning garden, waterfall, local restaurant, roadside fruit stand, local bakery and beautiful hidden ocean views. These are things we never would have experienced on a typical cruise ship shore excursion. Many thanks for an enjoyable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for your great rating & review! All the best, Aloha
Judy L.United States
We got to see red lava bubbling in Volcano National Park! That has to be a highlight of our Hawaiian trip. Of course the fumes forced us into Jagger Museum. We spent most of our time in or around the park which made everything perfect. We made a stop to order orchids and ate at a local cafe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating & review.
Laurence's love of Hawaii and especially the Big Island shine through in his tour. He took us to special places that he especially loves. He also took us to buy the cheapest Kona coffee and to his favourite lunch place. He was relaxed and most helpful to my Mom who uses a wheel chair. All in all, we couldn't have spent a more enjoyable 6 hours. Many thanks Laurence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Judy, mahalo for your great rating & comments!
Lawrence CohenUnited States
We spent two days with Laurence as our guide (he was really more like our host). He was WONDERFUL!! His love of his island comes through. He took us to out-of-the-way places that were really fun. His knowledge of the flora, the history, the culture, and the language of Hawaii made our time with him very special. We would recommend him without reservation to anyone who wants to visit the "Big Island".
Nancy Caffierosarasota, FL, United States
Lawrence was knowledge and agreeable to modify our stops depending on what we wanted to see. I felt we got not only the history of Hilo and its beautiful geography but also a perspective of someone who lives and LOVES the island . My only "negative" feedback related to his vehicle which held on;y 4 passengers and would of like more space, as there were 4 ladies. I may have overlooked this element when booking our tour.
Lorraine CanterAuckland, New Zealand
Laurence is easy to talk to. His tour was as he described and he was waiting for us on the wharf. He was considerate and knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating and comments. Best regards & Aloha, Laurence.
We had three excellent guides in Hawaii. Donna in Honolulu, Tony in Maui and Laurence in Hilo. All three had a very different style and yet absolutely delightful and knowledgeable. They all went beyond the call of duty to please us. I would highly recommend all three of them
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Remy, thank you for the great rating and review! Regards & Aloha, Laurence