Roland was fantastic. We were still tweaking our freestyle tour itinerary the day before our tour and nothing was too much trouble. It was great to have a local provide commentary and avoid some of the tourist traps of the big-bus tours. If you are visiting Oahu make sure you book Roland for your tour. Thanks Roland!
Keith NixUnited States
Roland was a fantastic host. Very knowledgeable of the island and it's history, extremely friendly and accommodating, and was flexible even as we changed our minds about some items on the tour, during the tour. He definitely gave us a local flavor and took us off of the tourist beaten path, which was exactly what we were looking for. Not to mention the Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Fantastic. If you book a locals tour on Oahu, ask for Roland.
Kevin CooperUnited States
This tour was AMAZING! Roland was everything you might want in a tour guide. He was friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and most of all fun. This was our first time using ToursbyLocals, but it won't be the last. Honestly, it felt like we arrived in Honolulu and were taken on a tour by a family member who knew all the secret spots. Needless to say, it was everything we had hoped for and the tour will certainly be a highlight of our trip. Trust me...after doing this tour, you will simply say MAHALO!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kevin, Thank you very much for your glowing comments. I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed your tour; it was a wonderful day that I'll look back upon fondly. Mahalo!
Dave AddisUnited States
Terrific commentary on the history, culture and challenges faced by the the islands and the people, from ancient days to modern. We had a memorable day touring the island with Roland, it was great to get away and see the sights beyond Waikiki and the downtown shopping area. Thanks for a great day, Roland!
Thilo KoenigsbergerUnited States
Corey RobinsonUnited States
Roland is the best tour guide! We had three on this trip alone and surpassed them all. He built a custom itinerary for us and even went overtime a little to squeeze it all in. Roland is also hilarious as he told history of Oahu and told us about all the local spots along our tour. Thank you for the fantastic memories!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Corey, the day with and your ohana was fun!
Siow PeyNew Zealand
Roland was fantastic, he took us to places that the coach tour will never go to. We had a full but relaxing day. Highly recommend him for a private tour.
Allan BoltNew Zealand
We had a great day-tour with Roland who we found to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable on local history. We were taken to a number of “off the beaten path locations” where we were not fighting for space with other tourists and had time to look around at our own leisure. We would recommend Roland to anyone looking for a laid-back tour with no pressure. Thanks Roland.
Molly SysumUnited States
Roland was informational and entertaining. We got to see the entire island within 8 hours! He had wonderful activities lined up for us. We had wanted to see Pearl Harbor the next day so he got us passes ahead of time which made our day! He was very thoughtful about what we wanted to see and what kind of food we would like. Great transportation and hidden gems that most tourists would not see. We would definitely use him again and refer him to our friends!
Michele SiegalUnited States
We had a great day with Roland. We especially appreciated the insights he provided on Hawaiian history and culture. We learned a lot and saw somethings we wouldn't have without him as our guide.
Took a guided freestyle tour of the island with Roland and could not be happier. Roland took 4 of us on an 8 hour tour of the island cheaper than we could of done it on a 20 seater bus and to top it off it was catered to what we were interested in. Being in a modern comfortable SUV we also went places the bus tour couldn't go. Roland was a great guide very willing to share history, local perspectives, great food locations - all accompanied by ukulele playing, it don't come better than this.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awe, thank you for the kind review. I'm humbled at your glowing feedback and thrilled that I helped you make great memories. Mahalo
Mark SanderLenexa, KS, United States
Roland was great. He truly knows the island and its history. Highly recommend him.
Robert PooleUnited States
Simply put, Roland made our trip. We booked him for three days and it was a fantastic decision. Roland was able to easily blend the tourist-y attractions with quite a bit of off the beaten path local flavor that we asked for. His knowledge of the island and it's history was impressive and his charming and easy going personality was engaging. Aloha, Roland! Thanks for the great time!
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Scott CookUnited States
We did have some initial confusion and miscommunication, but once we met on the day of the tour and got things worked out, we had a fantastic time! Roland was great with taking us to interesting places and sharing facts that we would never have even known about otherwise. He is knowledgeable of the history (and not just what is written in the History books) and culture of the islands and shares those things with his guests. AND he was right about how good the shrimp for lunch was!
Brent SmallUnited States
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Roland was an absolute pleasure. So easy going & happy to oblige with our requests. Would recommend him as a guide anytime. Also appreciated his knowledge & advice on other attractions on the Island.
Roland was a great tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about the island and the culture. We appreciated the sites he selected for us and the great local foods (like Giovanni's shrimp!). We would do this type of a trip again to see the best sites and taste the best foods. Thanks Roland.
Mark Van RaamHampton, VIRGINIA, United States
Roland did a great job. He made some adjustments due to our getting off the ship late. He worked in our requests perfectly. His knowledge of Hawaii was extensive. I highly recommend him as a guide. His van was clean and uncluttered.
Anne BackenstowUnited States
We enjoyed our guide Roland very much, he was a wealth of information about the island, the history and the culture and suggested great place for us to go to. He was easy going and played great Hawaiian music in the car. We saw turtles, hiked in to a wonderful waterfall when we swam. Had great food at unusual food trucks. Saw turtles on the beach and ended up with an amazing shaved ice cone. Thank you Roland we leave with fond memories of a beautiful island!
Roland was friendly, informative, patient and flexible. Would recommend to others travelling. Was cheaper for us than doing group tours as there were 6 of us travelling, and with young children the flexibility was perfect. We got to see everything we wanted and more as he let us personalise our tour to suit our needs and made a few recommendations as we travelled around! Thanks Roland
So glad we booked this tour With Roland for our final trip on Oahu before making our way o the airport. Roland was on time at the pier to pick us up and we had our bags always with us whilst we visited the sights carefully picked up by Roland based on the itenary we planned to do...it was one pleasant surprise after another and nothing beats having someone local to take you around to show you how the locals live. Thank you Roland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Jennifer, Thanks for a great day that I'll long remember! Roland
Lanelle GarciaUnited States
Roland was punctual, knowledgable and fun. He was very attentive to my mom who is a senior citizen. We appreciated him for his spontaneity and ability to mind the clock on our custom private tour to make the most of our time. We would definitely recommend him to others.
This was our second day with Roland. It started badly for us as our hotel was terrible. Roland took us to a nearby Maccas for breakfast and using his own phone and contacts, found us a beautiful hotel in Waikiki. It meant that our luggage of dive gear was in the car for the tour, but we managed. Our tour circumnavigated the island. We didn't have a lot of time for stops, so Roland chose them carefully. Lunch at Giovannis shrimp truck was great. Thanks for everthing from Aussies Rob, Karen, John and Julie.
Gary KeighleyConway, NH, United States
Sandra HiserUnited States
Roland was excellent! We had rainy weather but he still showed us the whole Island with the sea turtles on the beach being the highlight of our tour( my Husband would probably say it was Giovanni's food truck)! It was a once in a lifetime moment for my family. Roland went beyond his time with us by taking us to his shopping area for us to get some gifts for the Family left at home and groceries for back at our resort. I highly recommend Roland as your tour guide! Thanks Roland for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're quite welcome! A "once in a lifetime moment" is much more than I can hope for every tour we host - thanks for the glowing comments and a fun day.
Chip RankinUnited States
We loved our island tour. We wanted to try some hidden food spots along the tour and Roland knew right where to go. He had booked us tickets for the palace and fit them into our plan, which was a great way to start the day. He also had a special rainforest lookout point where we took some great pictures. We used all 8 hours and with all the traffic you need a local like Roland!
Patrick JankowskiUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and conversations with Roland. He has a knowledge of the history of the islands that was extremely interesting and enlightening. We would definitely recommend Roland 's services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Patrick, Thank you all for the fun day with a great group of people. I am humbly moved that you found the time "enlightening." At the end of the day, as much as I want guests to have a good time, enlightenment is really the goal - it is, for me, rewarding on so many levels. And then there's the enlightenment you shared with me: that business about the parrot fish. Just "wow." Do come back soon! Mahalo nui loa, Roland
Lee HarkleroadUnited States
Roland very personable and professional - local knowledge very high - able to take a time frame and fill it with intersting stuff - also demonstrated flexibility - Roland ROCKS
Joe WatsonUnited States
Roland was wonderful. He went out of his way to accommodate us. He was knowledgeable and funny. He took us to an old sugar mill that is now a soap and beauty factory that I doubt any other guide would have known about. I highly recommend Roland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Joe (and family), Mahalo for your kind comments. It was a joy to spend the day with you and your family. Hurry back! Roland
We had an amazing day with Roland and he was an amazing guide. He had a great sense of humour and was very accomodating. Roland was very knowledgable and we enjoyed seeing around the island. We thank you very much Roland for an amazing day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank YOU for choosing my 100% Hawaiian Freestyle tour, it was a joy to spend a memorable day with you & your family. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Hawaii!
Andrew HoneggerUnited States
Roland was great. Very personable and accommodating. Enjoyed his company and his authentic perspectives of Hawaii and its culture (including its food culture!). You can't go wrong with Roland! -- A family from Peoria, Illinois.
Sarah HeathUnited States
He was very knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. Even though I am a Hawaii resident I learned a great deal about the "hidden" Hawaii. I would recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui loa e Sarah. It was a great day with you all!
Kimberley RawlingsDickson, 2602, Australia
Our day with Roland was the highlight of our time on Oahu. We asked for a tour covering history and culture and that's what we got! Roland's passion for his heritage shines through. It was a great privilege to be taken to "sacred sites" that are off the usual tourist track; we will never forget the temple site above Waimea. His stops for local delicacies introduced us to tastes we never even knew existed. Thanks for a day to remember.