Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Hilo Hawaii by Tour Guide Laurence C. (Guide #6456)


David Alperson

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 29/18

From the first email communication ahead of the tour it was clear Laurence had a passion for all things Hawaiian but wow what a treat. His knowledge, passion and excitement was infectious. We asked for local food options and he more than delivered. Took us to one of his favorite snorkeling spots, just gorgeous. Oh and the Botanical Gardens were a site to behold. When you think about the concept of a tour given by locals, this day more then fit the bill. We can't forget how awesome he was with our 7 yr old

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui loa for the great rating & review!

Seiji Yamamura

Japan
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: May 14/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the 5 star rating.

Judith (Judy) Choplin

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: May 4/18

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!

Richard Louis Brown

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: May 2/18

Our 8-hour tour with Laurence was relaxed but consistently interesting, especially in retrospect, given that some of the areas we visited were the site of volcanic eruptions the very next day. Laurence is an excellent guide--we recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & review!

William R.

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

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.

Gary Strohauer

United States
Rating

Tour: #57811, Amazing Hamakua Coast, Hilo - 6 hour Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 28/18

Laurence was knowledgeable about Hawaii, informative, pleasant and a very good guide. We enjoyed his tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating and review!

Charlotte Cooper

United States
Rating

Tour: #95427, 6 hour Waterfalls, Hilo, Garden/Bay, & Beaches Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 3/18

A great day. Laurence met us at the doc in Hilo and took us on a wonderful tour of the area. I use a wheelchair and he was very considerate of driving by some sites and parking in others where I had a view while my husband walked around. Laurence obviously loves Hawaii, which makes the tour special. He gave us information and about plants, trees, terrain. We went to a nice small local restaurant for lunch. We wished we had more than the one day on shore from a cruise.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating & review!

Jeff House

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 4hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 23/18

Lawrence was an excellent tour guide. He is well-versed in Hawaiian culture and the Puna/Hilo area. He took us to a number of amazing places and we learned a great deal from him. The lava tubes and volcano are "must sees." He made my husband and I feel very comfortable and he answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great rating & comments.

Joanne Cogar

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 10/18

Every moment with Laurence was informative and pleasant. He taught us names of trees and flowers, guided us through the through the rainforest and Akaka waterfalls, pointed out best spots for photos, explained the action of the volcano, explained the Hawaiian culture, introduced us to many Hawaiian words, and took us to eating spots with delicious, inexpensive food and drinks. Laurence is intelligent and genuinely nice. An excellent tour guide who gives above and beyond the call of duty.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui loa for the great rating & comments, one of the best ever!

Debra Deville

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 27/18

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.

Dan Meyer

Leawood, KANSAS, United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 15/18

Great tour, five stars !

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating.

Karen W.

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 4hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 2/18

Laurence did a great job of introducing us to Hilo when we only had a short time window. He took us to some great spots that were more local and not crowded. He also did well engaging with the children in our group as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & review!

Keri Thoma

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 4hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 28/17

Laurence was super knowledgeable, friendly, flexible, knew a lot about the native flower and fauna, and took us to an awesome place for fresh fish - and he even drove between rain clouds! It was a wonderful day!! Highly recommended!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Keri for the great rating & review! All the best, Laurence

Martin Uren

Australia
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 22/17

Lawrence was a great guide. He was friendly, relaxed and knowledgeable. Not only that, he tailored our day to suit our needs. Our family had an amazing day jam packed with the sights of Hilo. Highly recommend this guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are most welcome, thank you for the great rating & review!

Martin Uren

Australia
Rating

Tour: #54501, Ultimate 10 hour Big Island Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 21/17

This full day tour provided us with great and magical insight into the beautiful world of the island of Hilo. It's natural beauty and diversity was breath taking. Our guide, Laurence now considered a local, provided us with the best experience possible. The tour was informative and provided us with a day focused on our interests. The tour day was comfortably managed and well coordinated. Best of all, it also including some time for surfing ! One of the best full day tours we have had !

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & comments!

Terrance Rowe

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 4hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 1/17

It was so refreshing to see parts of the island that only a "local" could share. Laurence was so enthusiastic about sharing with us and was able to take us to places that were not offered on other tours. It was truly a special day for us. We are looking forward to a return visit!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Terrance, Mahalo for the great rating & review!

Steven Rome

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 8/17

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.

Paul Humphrys

Australia
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 6/17

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.

Paul Humphrys

Australia
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 4/17

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.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & review.

Leigh Ann Cates

United States
Rating

Tour: #54501, Ultimate 10 hour Big Island Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 29/17

Annie Orness

United States
Rating

Tour: #54501, Ultimate 10 hour Big Island Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 15/17

We toured the island of Hawaii recently with Laurence. He was promptly waiting for us and eager to get our tour started. He was very knowledgeable about the island - its culture and history. We visited Volcano National Park and learned a lot from his expertise. He was wonderful with our 5 kids and took us to some wonderful spots for them to see different areas of beaches and swim. He taught us all about the fruits and trees of Hawaii and took us to pick berries.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo for the great rating & review. All the best, Laurence

Nadene Gamino

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 30/17

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.

Jan Brandvold

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 4hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 27/17

We had a great time with Laurence, and saw far more than tour groups from the cruise line. We were even able to go for a swim at a hot spring park! We had him leave us at his favorite restaurant for lunch and took Uber back to the ship, so we could explore the town a bit.

Bill Hanyzewski

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 18/17

Laurence was an outstanding guide for the day. He knew exactly where to take my wife and I. Highly Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bill, Mahalo for your great rating & review. Aloha & Malama pono, Laurence

Susan Bennett

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 30/17

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

Susan Gnagy

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 28/17

His love for Hilo and the surrounding country brightened our entire day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great rating & review!

Dale Mcclellan

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 26/17

5 stars. Laurence was THE BEST tour guide. So many fabulous locations off the beaten path. So much knowledge and honor for the culture..absolutely immersive.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dale, Mahalo for the great rating and comments!

Judy L.

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 25/17

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.

Joyce Teel

Eastwood, KY, United States
Rating

Tour: #54501, Ultimate 10 hour Big Island Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 6/17

LAURENCE is top of the line, primo, A-1, "JUST THE BEST" !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had an amazing tour of Volcanoes National Park, the Hilo area, great local beaches and restaurants, our own driver and best of all added a friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joyce, Mahalo nui loa for the great rating & review...the record!

Judy Garner

Canada
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 13/17

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!

William Winberry

United States
Rating

Tour: #95427, 6 hour Waterfalls, Hilo, Garden/Bay, & Beaches Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 12/17

The tour was fantastic! Loved Lawrence. He was so flexible and showed us many out of the way sights. 5 out of 5.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: William, Mahalo for the great rating & comments!

Alan Woolf

Australia
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 29/16

We undertook a day tour with Laurence at Hilo Hawaii on Tuesday 29th November. We were very impressed with Laurence and had an absolutely wonderful day. He is very knowledgeable on the history of the area and we were fortunate to see areas not visited by the tourist coaches. We can highly recommend Laurence should you be visiting Hilo.

Patricia Gutierrez

Mexico
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 25/16

it was excellent, thanks Laurence!!

Lawrence Cohen

United States
Rating

Tour: #54501, Ultimate 10 hour Big Island Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 9/16

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".

Lawrence Cohen

United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 8/16

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".

Kerrie Douglas

United States
Rating

Tour: #57811, Amazing Hamakua Coast, Hilo - 6 hour Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 25/16

Laurence was very knowledgeable about all things Hawaiian - loved the botanical gardens and Mr. Eds jam shop - great day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo Kerrie for the great rating & teview!

Nancy Caffiero

sarasota, FL, United States
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 8/16

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.

Lou Smith

United States
Rating

Tour: #95427, 6 hour Waterfalls, Hilo, Garden/Bay, & Beaches Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 20/16

Extremely personable guide, a fountain of information about the fauna, history, Hawaiian language and culture. He was super accommodating and tailored the tour to our interests. Knows a lot of off the beaten path locations. Knows area food, beaches and warm springs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Paul, thanks so much for the great review. Best regards & Aloha, Laurence

Lorraine Canter

Auckland, New Zealand
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & VNP, Puna, or Hamakua Coast Private Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 18/16

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.

Julio Cruzak

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 4hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 28/16

Laurence knows Hilo. I recommend him 100%. If you want to visit great sites in Hilo. Some of these places not crowded by tourists, Laurence is your guy.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo/Gracias Julio!

Susan Sevranek

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 25/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Susan thank you for the 5 star rating!

James Smith

Canada
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 6hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 21/15

Laurence was very accomodating to making some changes due to our short day off the ship in Hilo. The day went by way too quickly, we thoroughly enjoyed it all. Mahalo nui loa Laurence and Okole maluna!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, thank you for the great rating and review! Malama pono, Laurence

Allanie Yau

Canada
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 13/15

We arrived at Hilo via cruise ship and Laurence was waiting there at the terminal when we disembarked the ship. He made the day there absolutely fantastic. He was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to tailor the day to what we wanted to do/see and Laurence was able to help accomodate! (Even took us to one of the best Mexican restaurants on the island). If we went back we would definitely book with Tours By Locals again! Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mahalo nui Allanie for your great review and comments! All the best to you and your family.

Gabriella Feher

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Hilo/Puna or Volcano NP Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 19/15

This tour was fantastic!!! No words to explain how beautiful was this trip with Laurence. I keep thinking about him and I am so happy that I found this opportunity to visit the Big Island. We saw so much during our visit. Laurence is great! He is super friendly, knowledgeable, he went above and beyond to make us happy, feel comfortable and give us a special tour what we never forget and always remember.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gabriella, thank you for the great rating and review...I got "Chicken Skin".

Lawrence Krasnow

United States
Rating

Tour: #57811, Amazing 6 hour Hamakua Coast Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 17/15

Great tour from very knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed the day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lawrence for the great rating and review.

Jonathan Storer

Australia
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 6hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 11/15

We had organised our tour with Laurence several months in advance, and emailed each other a lot about our requirements. Laurence always responded promptly and with great suggestions. We were met by Laurence on time at Hilo Airport, and the tour started immediately. It was incredible! Laurence's knowledge made it a truly interesting, educational and enjoyable experience. Not one minute was wasted, and we have left with some terrific memories. We would completely recommend Laurence for a Big Island tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jonathan for your great rating and comments. Best regards & Aloha, Laurence

Phlyn Simpson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #53636, Amazing 6hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 30/14

Laurence was waiting for us as we got off the ship. Laurence gave us an excellent tour of everything we wished to see around Hilo. His knowledge was absolutely excellent, answering every question we posed. He stopped at a roadside fruit seller, who let us try fruits new to us and the pineapple we bought was really succulent. I would recommend anyone travelling to Hilo who would like a tour led by local to contact Laurence, who will ensure where he can to tailor a tour to meet their needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review! All the best, Laurence

Maryanne Karpovich

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 6hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 16/14

Beautiful side of Kona, Hilo was best experienced with a local. Lawrence was an excellent guide with endless knowledge of the plants, culture, and people. Loved it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maryanne for the great rating & review! Aloha, Laurence

Ruby L.

United States
Rating

Tour: #95427, 6 hour Waterfalls, Hilo, Garden/Bay, & Beaches tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 3/14

Laurence was great. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. We learn a lot about the Big Island's history and culture from Laurence. Fantastic scenery! The 6 hours tour was enjoyable. And, we had a relaxing ,delicious lunch on the way too. Good job Laurence.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ruby, thank you for the great review. All the best, Aloha, Laurence

Neal Weinstein

United States
Rating

Tour: Special custom 6 hr Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Date: May 6/14

He was awesome. We give him all 5's. He was timely and friendly and extremely knowledgeable. And flexible.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Neal, thank you for the great review! All the best, Laurence

Audrey Chin

United States
Rating

Tour: Hilo and Puna tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Date: Apr 21/14

This tour was the highlight of our tours on the islands. Laurence was a wealth of information. He knows so much about the area of Puna including great "off the beaten path" scenic views and beaches. He's also very knowledgable about the fauna in the area. Some of us had mosquito bites and he told us to rub this leaf on the bite...next day, mosquito bite was gone! Wish we had brought some home! Everyone enjoyed the tour including our 84 year old parents. BOOK THIS TOUR...YOU WON'T REGRET IT!THANKS,LAURENCE

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Audrey, mahalo for the great review! Aloha, Laurence

Jessica Lee

China
Rating

Tour: Special custom 8 hr Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Date: Feb 4/14

Laurence is a great tour guide, we were a group of 26 visiting Hilo, he was very thoughtful to prepare drinks and meeting us at the airport. The one-day tour was absolutely fantastic with his lead, fully pack with attractions. If you are visiting Hawaii, he is the one you want to be with as the tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jessica, thank you for the great rating & review! Laurence

Remy Richard

Canada
Rating

Tour: #53638, Amazing 6 hour Hilo & Hamakua Coast Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 27/14

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

Kenneth Jessop

Australia
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 6hr Hilo & Puna or Volcano tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 14/14

Laurence and the tour out of Hilo was great. There was a bit of a mixup on the dock, not Laurence's fault, but recovery was easy. Had the situation involved a large number of people then it might have been a different story. Laurence took us to places we wanted to see, not the tourist dives. There were five people in our group, including Laurence, and at some places we visited we were the only people there. We swam at one of his favorite swimming spots and had lunch at one of his regular shops.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ken, mahalo for your great review. Best regards & Aloha, Laurence

Candice Huber

United States
Rating

Tour: #54501, Ultimate 10 hour Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 29/13

Awesome day trip from Hilo to Kona. Laurence was great!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Candice, thank you for the great review/rating,great attitude, and generosity! You guys were awesome as well1

Greg Peel

Parma, OH, United States
Rating

Tour: #57811, Amazing 6 hour Hamakua Coast Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 16/13

If you are looking for a guide that can tell you all about the plant life growing around you and perhaps sample a fruit or two, Laurence is your guy. He is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and will show you some amazing scenery along the Hamakua Coast. We enjoyed the drive, short hikes, waterfalls, Waipio Valley Lookout which is a "must see" and I even had a (believe it or not)"peanut butter and jelly" malasada. Tours By Locals is the way to go!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the great review Greg! Aloha, Laurence

Les Greenberg

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 12/13

Laurence is a very competent tour guide. He went to places that were off the beaten track and we had very little interference from other tours. He led us around the island and we got to see great sites as well as great photographic opportunities. Being a local inhabitant of the island we also were treated to some very fine food for lunch. Laurence is personable and knowledgeable about the culture and geology of the Big Island. I highly recommend him as a tour guide and would not hesitate to book again

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Les, Mahalo for the great review! A hui hou, malama pono, & Aloha!

Nickki Parlet

United States
Rating

Tour: #54213, Memorable 8 hour Big Island Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 10/13

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 5 star rating Nickki! Aloha, Laurence

Vanessa Punsalan

Canada
Rating

Tour: Special custom VNP/Puna district Tour w/van, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Date: Aug 27/13

Laurence took us on a tour that was beyond expectation. He took us to the sites that were similar to the VNP without the crowds. He brought us to lava tube sites, red roads, fresh water grotto's where we swam alone for over a half an hour, snorkeling at vacationland tide pools (you will not see this listed anywhere), and the beautiful lava cliffs. Laurence introduced us to the flowers, fruits and veggies, and countless other things. It was unbelievable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Vanessa for the great review! Aloha, Laurence

Pam Osmanski

United States
Rating

Tour: #53636, Amazing 6hr Hilo & Puna District tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 2/13

One of our favorite tours EVER! Laurence knows this land and really enjoys sharing it's Aloha the way YOU want to experience it. We snorkeled at areas that would blow your mind and sat in natural hot springs. We enjoyed the food and stories of the islands and the hospitality shown to us by Laurence was tremendous. THIS is the way to see Hilo!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pam, Mahalo nui loa for the great review & rating! I really enjoyed all of you as well! Thank you for your very generous tips...you guys are No Ka Oi (da best)! A Hui Hou, malama pono (until we meet again, take care)

Sally Duncan

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #57811, Amazing 6 hour Hamakua Coast Tour, Hilo, Hawaii, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 18/13

Mahalo nui loa Laurence for a wonderful trip up The Hamakua coast. I would reccommend this trip and would not hesitate to book with you again. Your company was much appreciated and your knowledge and passion you shared for Hawaii was great. The jam doughnut and shrimp burger was amazing and the scenery even better. Thank you for a great trip. Sally x

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sally, Mahalo nui loa for the great review1

Donna Archer

United States
Rating

Tour: Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Date: Jan 22/13

He communicated well with us regarding the scheduled tour, meeting location, time, etc. We had a wonderful experience with him during our trip to the Volcanoes National Park. Laurence was most informative and enjoyable as a guide. We would highly recommend him and the Tours by Locals group for a private tour - which is really the only way to go! (Mass groups of tourists crowded into a bus is awful!!!!!!!!. ) Thanks for making our personalized trip a pleasant one.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donna, Mahalo for the great review! Malama pono (take care) & Aloha, Laurence