DeWayne is extremely knowledgeable not only about the local tour but also Hawaii in general. He also has studied in detail the geology and ecology of Hawaii so the tour was deeply informative He also spent time discussing the April volcanic eruptions and was well prepared with diagrams and great photos Great tour highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Don! I really enjoyed your and Pam's enthusiasm for the wonders we have on our beautiful island. I hope the rest of your cruise is so very rewarding as well! Cheers!
Our tour with DeWaine was thoroughly enjoyable and informative. We will always have fond memories of our day seeing Rainbow Falls, the Pohoiki area and Mackenzie State Park. We also saw for ourselves the destructive powers of Pele (Fire Goddess) whilst driving and walking through areas where the recent lava flows had destroyed so much. Together with our children, we learnt so much about Hawaiian culture and history and the Aloha way. DeWaine is a true gentleman, great teacher and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Martin, to you and your fantastic family! Mahalo for your review of our day together! Again, I will say it was an enthusiastic joy for me to show you guys a little of our island. I hope to see you again! A hui hou! Aloha!
Alfonso TapiaUnited States
We are thankful for having DeWaine in Big Island, we enjoyed all the tour and learned tons about the Island.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo plenty! It was great to have you for the day! I hope the orchids are doing well in this cold!! Cheers and Aloha! -D
Walter BragoniUnited States
DeWaine was an awesome guide! He was very comfortable to be with and was very pleasant. He knew Volcano National Park like the back of his hand. He gave us tons of information that we would never had heard had we not used a guide. We picked up sandwiches on our way out and had a nice picnic lunch. I would return again and again to tour with DeWaine because I don't think he would ever run out of information to share. It was a highlight of our trip. Thank you DeWaine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha and Mahalo Walter. It was a great day to start the new year, that is for sure! A beautiful day and a fun family. It was a pleasure! Cheers!
David ThompsonUnited States
As it was my first venture to Big Island, I really had no idea what to do for a 1-day trip with my 3 other traveling companions. Well DeWaine solved that problem! Very accommodating with meeting location, great informative intro on the big island, and multiple locations that felt like a friend was taking us to the vital local spots. DeWaine is super nice and has a great sense of humor and I would definitely use him again. He knows his stuff. Mahalo, DeWaine! You da man!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo David! It's like I say, people like you guys with your engaged enthusiasm makes it easy and fun for me, too! Your crew was wonderful and thank you for laughing at my jokes! Yes, and look for my upcoming return tours to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and c'mon back! Cheers and Aloha! - DeWaine
Julio BartonUnited States
We enjoyed our tour with Dewaine, he was friendly and knowledgeable. He added that extra "bit" that made this tour standout over the "tour bus" version
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Julio! Mahalo for your kind words. It was a pleasure to be able to show you and your family a little bit of our beautiful island! I sincerely hope that the rest of your vacation was fantastic! - DeWaine
DeWaine met us at the designated place on time and we headed off on a fabulous tour. We were shown many places of interest, saw spectacular scenery, Banyan trees, Lava tunnels, Rainbow Falls, Wailku River, the Kamehamha the Great statue, and sampled a local lunch! He is exceptionally knowledgeable in many areas as we found out, not only his local knowledge but his love of insects and nature only enhanced our experience. Thank you DeWaine for a very memorable, fun and informative day. Debbie, Bill & Jan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui loa for your very kind words, Debbie. I really enjoy my time with visitors like you guys. Engaged, interested, happy to go with the flow, and interesting as well! And you even laughed at a couple of my jokes! I hope the rest of your stay was wonderful and hope to see you again! Aloha! - DeWaine
Karen FurnansUnited States
Great tour that took us off the beaten path. Walking in the old lava tube was very interesting. Guide was very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for your review and for the day! Your group was a pleasure to spend time with. I hope the rest of your cruise was fantastic! Cheers and Aloha! DeWaine
Anne F.United States
Excellent and fun tour. DeWaine changed the itinerary to meet our interests. It was a very scenic trip driving and DeWaine provided interesting stories about the Big Island and Hawaiian culture along the way. We made a lot of stops along the way to hike through lava tubes, see waterfalls and other interesting places. Communication with DeWaine to coordinate the trip was thorough and prompt. He also provided some recommendations on things to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha! I takes much more than a good guide to make a successful tour. More importantly, it take engaged, interested, and fun participants willing to 'go with the flow', and you provided that in spades! Mahalo nui loa for providing me with a great day! Aloha!
Keith ThompsonUnited States
DeWaine made this tour the highlight of our trip. He communicated via e-mail several times after booking to clarify our expectation. He clearly communicate meeting time and location and offered an excellent tour of the area. He was quite knowledgeable about history, geology and fauna. He took us to several out-of-the-way places that would not have been included in other tours. I highly recommend him. This was my first experience with ToursByLocals, and will certainly turn to them in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Keith and mahalo for your kind words! I too, had a really fun day with you folks! You know how to make it a great time for the guide as well! Well done! I hope that your crossing was also fun and uneventful. Look me up the next time you all come over and we'll go north side of island! Aloha!