Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Hilo-Hawaii by Tour Guide Jodi K. (Guide #22786)


Jaidev Sankar

United States
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Tour: 3 Passenger Hilo Tour and Shore Excursion: waterfalls & volcano with optional stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Date: Feb 17/20

Jodi is a wonderful tour guide! We are a family of four with two tween daughters and had one day to spend in the Hilo area. When booking our tour, she was very responsive, polite and answered every question we had. The day of our tour, the coordination of the pick up at the airport was seamless and she went over the days events which had us all excited. Jodi tailored the day to us, and we relied on Jodi's knowledge of the area and what she thought our family would enjoy. Jodi is fantastic!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Jay! It was indeed my pleasure! Hope you had a fantastic vacation!

Brian Armitage

United States
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Tour: #695071, Private Guide For Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 15/20

Jodi was a wealth of knowledge while touring The Volcano National Park. She is personable, friendly, and had a great sense of humor. If you want someone to take you to the highlights of the park and enjoy your time, Jodi is the one.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Brian! It was my pleasure! Mahalo nui!

Carolyn Price

United States
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Tour: #354447, Hilo Tour and Shore Excursion: waterfalls & volcano with options for other must see stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 11/20

Excellent tour & guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!

Katherine Lee

United States
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Tour: #354447, Hilo Tour and Shore Excursion: waterfalls & volcano with options for other must see stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 18/20

We a group of 16 booked the Hilo Tour Shore Excursion from Jodi and her husband Rob on 1/18/20. We rode in 2 Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans. They not only are expert guides but also excellent photographers, they took numerous pictures for us for free download. They also provide bottle water and snacks. We were taken to the rim of the Kīlauea volcano and visited several volcano eruption site, the scenery is so awe you can't help but feel humble. This is a awesome tour, I have no hesitation to recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy! It was definitely our pleasure!! With much aloha a hui hou!

Nan D.

United States
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Tour: #354447, Hilo Tour and Shore Excursion: waterfalls & volcano with options for other must see stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 14/20

We were a group of nine family members. Everyone enjoyed the trip. Jodi met us the NCL pier. We had a day packed with adventure in Hilo. Jodi had suggestions of places to see, and she took us to locations on our to-do list as well. She was extremely knowledgeable and informative about the area. The day was a good combination of culture, history, geology, and nature. The day after the trip, Jodi sent dozens of pictures of our family enjoying the excursion. I would highly recommend Tours By Locals.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Nan! It was my pleasure to show you all around Hilo and the Volcano! Mahalo! A hui hou!

Jane Fishman

United States
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Tour: #363463, From Hilo Side: Tour with Waterfalls and Scenic Drive Private Tour - Mercedes 11 Passenger Van, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 31/19

Jodi is a fabulous guide! We were 3 generations -aged 7-70 - and she engaged us all! We all loved being with her and learning so much about the big island from her - and she took terrific pictures so we could really focus on the experiences- an amazing extra service She thoughtfully planned active experiences so the kids weren't in a car all day, and when we had a long drive we were all engaged by the eruption documentary dvd she played Our day with Jodi flew by and we all hope we can visit again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You brought tears to my eyes Jane! It was certainly my pleasure! Have an amazing New Year and I would love to see you all again!

Nici Wertheim

United Kingdom
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo and a Hilo Shore Excursion: waterfalls & volcano with options for other must see stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 24/19

Jodi was excellent. Informative, friendly and her car and hospitality very welcoming. I'd use Jodi again if we are to come back and recommend her to anyone! Five stars!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nici! A hui hou!

Elaine Pacicco

United States
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Tour: #322818, From Kona/Waikoloa: Custom Private Circle Big Island Tour, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 23/19

Elaine Pacicco

United States
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Tour: #322818, From Kona/Waikoloa: Custom Private Circle Big Island Tour, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 22/19

Jodi was a great tour guide for our first visit to the Big Island. We learned so much about the history and landscape of the Big Island . We got to taste some local foods and had some great Kona coffee on our coffee farm tour. We learned all about volcanoes and lava flows and even walked through a lava tube. We saw beautiful vegetation and got to see green sea turtles at the black beach and rare Nenes in the national volcano park and so much more. Thanks Jodi for a great 2 days. Elaine, Tom, Linda & John

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review Elaine! It was my pleasure! I hope you and Linda enjoy your birthday month, and congratulations on the new grand baby! Have fun in Maui! Mahalo nui!

Matt Burger

United States
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Tour: #718643, Private Tour of Volcano & Big Island Consultation, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 22/19

Great 4 hours. Jodi took over a hundred photos of us and sights. Provided rain gear. Wonderful knowledge and personal touch as she lives right by park.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Matt! I wish you ALL the best fun on this island, especially since you are here for over a week! You were so smart to book this tour early so I can help advise you the best I can. Let me know when you are near Saint Benedict's Painted Church in Captain Cook, I am happy to give you a free narrative about the amazing Church! Mahalo nui! It was my privilege to show you both Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!

Tracy Dammermann

United States
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Tour: #363463, From Hilo side: tour with Waterfalls and scenic drive private tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 8/19

We had Jodi on the tour to volcano’s in Hilo.If I could give a rating of 10 instead of five star I would do 10*she is absolutely AMAZING!!! she was so friendly, knowledgeable and treated us like we were her family !!! we definitely will use her again when we come back !!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Tracy! It was such a pleasure showing you all around Hilo and the Volcano! I will send your photo link when I get home today. Mahalo nui and a hui hou!

Randy Rathwell

Canada
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Tour: #464369, From Hilo: The Foodie and Un Volcano Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 29/19

Jodi was exceptional and we would highly recommend her. This tour is well thought out, yet is very flexible to accommodate any changes. Jodi's local expertise allowed our tour to enjoy what Hilo has to offer without dealing with large crowds. We were a group of 8 and were all very comfortable in her Mercedes vehicle which not only made for a comfortable ride, but allowed for great views on drive alongs. If you are considering booking a tour in Hilo, book Jodi early so that you are not disappointed.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Randy! It was my pleasure!

Sabra D.

United States
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Tour: #557546, From Hilo 2018 Eruption Tour, Rainforest, Lava flows, Sea cliffs & Kalapana - 11 Passenger Mercedes van, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 19/19

Jodi worked well with our group of 6, we where able to see everything important to us and left out the tours we didn't care to see. I have already recommended Jodi to others on our cruise! She's great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Sabra! Thank you so much! I hope the rest of your vacation was fantastic! A hui hou!

Wendy Rawlings

United States
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Tour: #695071, Private Guide For Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 9/19

My husband and I were so pleased with our fantastic tour of Volcanoes National Park with Jodi, our ToursbyLocals guide. We appreciated her great communication skills even before we met with her, as she emailed us to explain where we would meet and what to bring and then texted us before we met with her to make sure we were in the right place. Jodi made our tour of the park so much more interesting than if we had tried to see it on our own. She even had a video about the recent eruptions

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Wendy! It was certainly my pleasure! I hope your vacation was fantastic! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Daria Teichert

Germany
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Tour: Volcano Deluxe Private Meet in The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, United States
Date: Aug 30/19

We really enjoyed the time with Jodie in the Volcano National Park. We laughed a lot and learned a lot about volcanos in general and what s makes the Hawaiian ones so special. One can see Jodie s big fascination for Big Island. This makes her a guide who doesn t tell you only some interesting facts but one who puts her heart into those tours aswell The pictures she took for us we received quickly. They ll remind us to come back as soon as possible to enjoy a tour with Jodie again. We highly recommend her

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Daria! It was definitely my pleasure! I do hope you all choose to come back to the Big Island! Mahalo nui and a hui hou (thank you very much and until we meet again)!

Tiffany Boivin

United States
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Tour: #321321, From Kona: Half-day tour to Kona Coast, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 28/19

Jodi is a very knowledgeable tour guide! She took us to see some amazing sites in Kona. The local spots she took us were so cool. The pictures she took for our group were fabulous! Very memorable experience! I will definitely recommend Jodi as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awwww thank you Tiffany! It was my pleasure! Thank you for your interest in Ola Brewery, it was amazing to see their behind the scenes efforts. Mahalo nui and a hui hou!!

Roger Danziger

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 6/19

Jodi was great and an absolute pleasure as our guide. She was professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and extremely friendly. We toured awesome waterfalls, Volcanoes Nat'l Park, an orchid farm, a Hawaiian farmers market and had a superior lunch from a great tuna poke sushi place. We also went to a black sand beach where we saw turtles. Our group included myself, my wife and my 23 y/o daughter. Jodi also took tons of pics of us and sent us the link for the pics !! We'd definitely use her again and again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Roger! It was definitely MY PLEASURE!! I am so glad you three enjoyed Hawaii! If you ever come back there are plenty of trails we can hit on the island that are fun and adventurous! And thank you SO MUCH for asking so many questions and being talkative! It's such a joy when people are engaged and have great questions! I will keep in touch! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Jenine McGrory

Australia
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Tour: #321321, From Kona: Half-day tour to Kona Coast, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 5/19

Jodie was wonderful we had an awesome time She was very informative and we learnt a lot Very easy to book with highly recommend

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow, I've only had one other 4 star, I gave you all almost 2 hours of extra time. I should of met you all in Kona like the tour specified. Also I gave you extra videos I normally only play for customers that paid for a Volcano tour. Mahalo and a hui hou. You'll get your photos when I have time to get them to you.

Deborah C.

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 30/19

The tour with Jodi was great. She allowed us to customize exactly what we wanted to see, and made several recommendations for the rest of our stay. Very knowledgeable about Hawaii and history of the Volcano park. Interesting, educational, and beautiful tour. Perfect!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow!! Thank you so much! Especially for still being on the island and on vacation! I hope your vacation is amazing! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Thomas Auld

Australia
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Tour: #321321, From Kona: Half-day tour to Kona Coast, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 26/19

Doris Pennington

United States
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Tour: #363463, From Hilo Side: Tour with Waterfalls and Scenic Drive Private Tour - Mercedes 11 Passenger Van, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 25/19

Jodi met us off the Pride of America as a shore excursion. Jodi is probably hands down the most knowledgeable tour guide we have ever had. Her passion for the island of Hawaii and the environment are apparent from the beginning of the tour. We really had a good time with Jodi — there were two couples. We toured around the volcanoes, Hilo, and had a great lunch with her. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends who will visit the Hilo area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Doris! You all were such a delight it was my pleasure! You brought great weather with you as well! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Jeanne Summerour

United States
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Tour: #363462, Best Kona Experience from Culture to Coffee and Turtles - 11 Passenger Mercedes van, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 5/19

5 out of 5! Jodi was extremely knowledgeable about the Big Island and shared a lot of information with us. We used her services for both Hilo and Kona so there were no repeats and we saw a tremendous amount. She is very customer service oriented and we appreciated all of her efforts.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awwww thank you Jeanne, it was my pleasure of course! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Jeanne Summerour

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 4/19

5 out of 5! Jodi was extremely knowledgeable about the Big Island and shared a lot of information with us. We used her services for both Hilo and Kona so there were no repeats and we saw a tremendous amount. She is very customer service oriented and we appreciated all of her efforts.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Jeanne! Mahalo and a hui hou! It was totally my pleasure! Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review!

Marie Knibb

New Zealand
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Tour: #321321, From Kona: Half-day tour to Kona Coast, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: May 22/19

Our time with Jodi was fantastic. She is very knowledgeable and was a great driver. Jodi taking photos during our tour was an added bonus. We would highly recommend taking a tour with Jodi.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Marie! Mahalo and I hope you all had fun for your few days you were staying after the cruise!

Angela Haynes

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: May 3/19

We had a wonderful day touring with Jodi. She is very knowledgeable and fun as well. I would highly recommend Jodi!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Angela for taking the time to write a review! It was definitely my pleasure! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Wendy Rushton

Canada
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Tour: #363462, Best Kona Experience from Culture to Coffee and Turtles - 11 Passenger Mercedes van, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: May 2/19

This was a wonderful day. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour. Jodi was so informative. Was a great tour and I highly recommend Jodi. Thanks again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wendy! It was my pleasure! Mahalo and a hui hou!

Walter Gubert

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 30/19

Jodi showed us a great time on the big island. We had our limited mobility parents along and she was more than accommodating to their needs. Very knowledgeable and went out of her way to show us the things we were most interested in. We highly recommend Jodi for your personalized touring needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Walter! It was my pleasure! A hui hou!

Ellen Thomas

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 29/19

We arrived at port and toured with Jodi. Jodi was very communicative with exact details as to where to meet at the port. She arrived in her Mercedes van that accommodated all ten of us very comfortably, had a microphone so we could all hear and provided snacks and drinks. She educated our group with extensive knowledge of both the south and north island and also took lots of photos for us. A delightful 5 hour tour and would highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Ellen! Thank you for the kind words!

Andrew Castro

United States
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Tour: #321321, From Kona: Half-day tour to Kona Coast, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 23/19

Best tour guide and tour ever. Jodi provided the most professional tour. Her passion and knowledge is exceptional. She is absolutely the best guide on the Big Island. Clean vehicle, great snacks, on time, well spoken, knowledgeable, great personality, great price. Great customer care and service. Would book with her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Andrew!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I hope you had a great time at the luau. Mahalo and a hui hou (until we meet again in Hawaiian since there is no word for goodbye).

Charles Moses

United States
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Tour: #354447, From Hilo Side: Waterfalls & Volcano with Options for other Must See Stops, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 13/19

What a wonderful day! Jodi was an excellent guide and accommodated our every request. She was prepared for anything and we enjoyed not only her knowledge but her company as well. She was also our official photographer and took some amazing pictures of our group in many locales. Thank you Jodi! Great tour! Mahalo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Charles for your wonderful review! I hope the rest of your cruise was spectacular! It was definitely MY pleasure to show you all around Hilo. Mahalo and a hui hou!