February 5, 2023

Tour Testimonials

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Aloha Friends! Please share how you liked your tour with me. Below are a gallery of friends on tour with me and all of the reviews and comments they’ve shared. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a form where you can send your comments and reviews of our time together.  Come as guests and leave as friends!

Oahu, HI at its best

Oahu, HI at its best. Our group of 11 had a great time. You organise your own itinerary, go at your own pace. Chris, our guide, was knowledge, accommodating and just wanted us to have a great time. Would not hesitate in recommending this tour company – and will definately be back to do it all again! Mahalo!”

Janice L.
New South Wales, Australia

Eight hours was not long enough!

“We were a group of 9 from Japan, with 5 who spoke little to no English, but Chris made everyone feel the aloha of Hawaii despite the language barrier. Chris made sure we did everything on our “must-do” list and kept us well-informed about the sights and background of Oahu.  Mahalo to Chris for being a great guide!”

​Dionne’s Family

Highlight of our trip!

My husband, daughter and I did the 8 hour tour with Chris our first full day on the island. I want to say it was the highlight of our trip. We visited Byodin Temple, Chinaman’s Hat, Dole, the North Shore, country roads and a Monk Seal. We ate malasadas at Leonard’s, lunch at Fumi’s Shrimp truck and Shave Ice. We couldn’t have asked for a better intro to HI. Thanks Chris – you rocked!”

Melanie in Philly

Recommend him for anyone coming to Hawaii!

Chris was very friendly, prompt, attentive to needs, and professional in every way. He adapted the tour to our needs & desires and made the day well worth while. Would recommend him for anyone coming to Hawaii!

The Hunt Family
South Carolina, USA


Thank you Chris for a great day!”

We were 14 in all including 2 toddlers. Chris picked us up on time and we were blessed with good weather on the day too. Chris was very fun to talk to and lived and breath the Aloha way which was rubbing off on all of us. There were some unplanned setbacks (like the Leonard’s Malasadas food truck being closed!!) but Chris was able to salvage them with plan B’s. His knowledge of the island and archeology background was quite educational and informative. Thank you Chris for a great day!”

​Florian G.
Victoria, Australia

Chris was FABULOUS!

He took us around the island for two days. He was friendly, funny and educational about the history of Hawaii. He was able to keep my two teenagers entertained! He catered the tour around things that we liked and our two days couldn’t of been any better! 😊”

Susan C.
Monroe, GA

Great food and a lot of fun.

The day with Chris was just faboulous! We had a great time and learned so much about history and culture, had great food and a lot of fun.

Susanne & Michael

Knowledgeable about the island and its history

We had a great time with Chris. He was so knowledgeable about the island and its history.”

Nancy M.
Maryland, USA

Chris was such an amazing guide!!

My husband, Jack, and I saw so many beautiful sites of Oahu. The island was breath-taking and Chris was so knowledgeable!! And it was all without massive tour bus crowds! Wonderful experience!!”

Colleen S.
​Ontario, Canada

Chris had great suggestions

My family could not have asked for a better couple of days on Oahu with Chris. I cannot believe how much we saw and did in such a short time. Chris had great suggestions and truly listened to the types of things we were interested in. He also was a wealth of information about all things Oahu and his love for the island was clear. We saw fantastic scenery, film locations, monk seals, turtles, and (of course) chickens. I expected a great couple of days and our time together actually exceeded those expectations.”

Wendy P.
Omaha, NE

History, customs, and language of Hawaii.

Chris picked us up at 8am and we hit the ground running! We spend an entire day seeing sites all over Oahu. From out-of-the-way lookouts to see amazing coastal views, to a Macamadamia Nut Farm, to a full experience at Pearl Harbor, through Honolulu, and finishing with a chocolate “tour” at Manoa Chocolates, Chris educated us on the history, customs, and language of Hawaii. We appreciate all that Chris did to enlighten us on our first (and hopefully not last) trip to Hawaii. The weather was excellent!!”

Tim and Sara N.
Virginia, USA

So much patience for our littlest tourists!

The age range of our 11 member family (9 months to 70+ years), and Chris truly was amazing, such a great personality with so much patience for our littlest tourists! He met us at the airport and helped work out our luggage storage, then fed us a great local breakfast to begin our tour. He adapted so well to our constantly changing needs and we all learned so much from his wealth of knowledge. He became an instant friend and left us with such a great memory! We all highly recommend this company. Top class all the way! Even if you have been here before, you will still learn so much.​”

The Weckenbrock Family
​Ohio, USA

The REAL Hawaii!!

We spent a day in Feb.,2018 with Chris and we had an awesome day. Took us to all the hot spots even Wal-Mart hahahah. Could not have asked for a better way to see the beautiful island. All I can say is we recommend this tour for seeing the real Hawaii.. AWESOME Thanks”

The Kiervin’s
Peter and Cathy

Highlight of our Hawaii vacation

Just have to say that this tour was the highlight of our Hawaii vacation. Chris, our guide, was awesome. Very knowledgable about the island and provided for a fun trip. We ended up extending our tour by a few hours because we were having so much fun. Chris took us to the local spots for lunch and the shaved ice was awesome! Thank you so much for such a great time. Not only a great tour but we created a great friendship! Can’t recommend enough!”

​Chris M.
​Massachusetts, USA

GREAT places that we would never have found!

Chris took us to the places that we requested, but he also took us to some GREAT places that we would never have found without him! We ate one of the best meals of our 10 day stay at a shrimp farm near the North Shore! And it was only $11!! The four of us definitely recommend Chris. Mahalo!”

Ann and Nick
Tennessee, USA

We’ll definitely book again.

“We absolutely loved that we could customize our day and Chris had great ideas on stops for what we wanted to see and experience. Chris was knowledgeable, with a fantastic sense of humor, and we learned and saw so much! Loved the food stops that were recommended! When we’re back on Oahu we’ll definitely book again. Outstanding experiences. Thank you!!”

The Murphy’s
Arizona, USA

A great guide, and a funny fella!

We just returned from a 15 day cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. Knowing that we would only have one day on each island, we needed to pack in as much as we could each day. Chris was great at executing it. We spent 15 hours with Chris and saw absolutely everything we wanted to see. He was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, a great guide, and a funny fella.

​Thanks for making our day in Oahu memorable!”
Chris Abel
Pennsylvania, USA

Chris was the best tour guide we have ever had!

Called half and hour before pickup to let me know what vehicle to look out for. He arrived on time and the fun started. He took us around the entire island. 7 hours in all. The day was spent laughing and learning so much history about Hawaii. The sights Chris took us to were lovely. He even waited to allow us to walk Waimea falls. He supplied water and juice and took us to Fumis Shrimp truck for lunch and it was delicious. Highly recommend dealing with Adam and and having Chris as a tour guide. Great day enjoyed by my young family.

Helen M. Klemzig


Timely and flexible

We are all seniors except for one, let say from 65 to 84 years of age. We are family of seven, two from Australia and the rest from Canada. Our pick up from the cruise port was superb by a guide named Chris. We do not know him but he carries himself like a true professional. Timely and flexible, is the word for this company. For someone, who will take a tour of Honolulu please do not forget Fumi Shrimp, it was truly an experience for all of us. We been to many places but I believe Private Tours Hawaii is truly personal run by people who knows how to do their job properly. Till we meet again…

Judy, Toronto, Canada

We really enjoyed the 2 days.

We organised two days of private tours. Chris was our tour guide. We really enjoyed the 2 days. Chris was very obliging to suit our requirements. Highlights would have to be Pearl Harbor followed by swim at Waikiki Beach. Chris found us a great coffee shop on the way to the North Shore. Enjoyed the North Shore and had a snorkel. Our first taste of Hawaiin Shaved Ice. Enjoyed the Shrimp lunch.

Greg B.
Brisbane, Australia

We saw things that only a local would know.

Chris was our tour driver. It was like being with family. Chris toured us around the island and we saw things that only a local would know. The tour was fun, excited and full of great sights! I highly recommend !

Edwina R.

2 perfect days on Oahu with Chris
We had a company group of 19 people from Hungary, taking 2 full day tours on Oahu. Chris came to pick us up and from then on we had 2 days of total fun. Chris was very knowledgeable, funny, had great stories basically about anything we saw en route. I had to translate him to the group, but even though the language barrier the group got to like Chris instantly due to his personality, he is a true rockstar.
We had 2 awesome days on Oahu with PTH, one of the best tours I’ve ever had. Highly recommended, do yourself a favor and book them if you want an unforgettable experience on Oahu!
Thanks a million Chris and Adam, hope to work with you again in the future!

Budapest, Hugary

What a great time we had!
Five of us had the most delightful tour with Chris. We did a ten hour private tour of Oahu.
He arrived promptly, the minivan was very comfortable, and we knew from the start we were going to have a great tour.
The suggestions that he had were perfect. We felt that we really experienced Oahu, from eating a delicious shrimp lunch from a truck stop, seeing the turtles swimming in Turtle Bay, or just stopping to see jaw dropping scenery. Chris let us stay as long or short of time we needed at each stop.
Chris is a wealth of information and we learned about the island’s geology, geography, and history. We can go back home with a new appreciation of the culture of its people. Chris’s enthusiasm was contagious.
The best thing about the trip was the fact that Chris gave us his undivided attention and that he wanted us to have the best experiences, and we did.
I HIGHLY recommend you book a private tour with this company. Their rates are reasonable and so much better than a big tour bus!

Christina B
New York

You will not be disappointed!
This was one of the best tour that we’ve every taking. Chris was our guide and he has the most loving and kind spirit. We were able to chose the different attractions that we wanted to see. Chris took pictures for us and we didn’t even have to ask. If you’re every in Oahu, take the private tour. You will not be disappointed.

McLean Family

Excellent Day in Oahu!
We had a family of 8 ranging in age from 18 months to 86 years. Chris picked us up on time and went out of his way to attend to our needs throughout the day. He was helpful to my 86-year-old mother kept the conversation very interesting. We planned a 6-hour day but extended it during the tour to 7-hours and altered the original plan slightly but Chris was very flexible & easy to deal with on the modifications. We could not have asked for anything to be better than it was. Thanks PTH!

South Carolina

No Crowds!

Chris was our tour guide and did an amazing job. My husband, Jack, and I saw so much of the beautiful island of Oahu and Chris was so knowledgeable !! It was just us and Chris in the super comfy SUV. No crowds of bus tours of people. Chris made sure the whole day was beyond a memorable experience for us. We really, really enjoyed ourselves ! Thanks!!

Colleen Barnes-Scrive, Ottawa, Canada

8 Hour Circle Island Tour of Oahu
On the day of our tour Chris was right on time, if not early. He was a wonderful driver and guide and gave us a very interesting commentary on the history of the island and pointed out, and was happy to stop at, various locations on our tour. If we are ever lucky enough to return to Oahu, we will definitely plan another tour.

Kathy H.

Private tour exceeded expectations!
My family could not have asked for a better couple of days on Oahu with Chris. I cannot believe how much we saw and did in such a short time. Chris had great suggestions and truly listened to the types of things we were interested in. He also was a wealth of information about all things Oahu and his love for the island was clear. We saw fantastic scenery, film locations, monk seals, turtles, and (of course) chickens. I expected a great couple of days and our time together actually exceeded those expectations.

Wendy P.

Fabulous day at the North Shore
Our group consisted of four slower moving folks, one of whom is in a wheelchair, who wanted a five hour tour from our cruise ship to visit the North Shore. Chris was the perfect guide who met our needs in every way. We began our day with fresh malasadas from Leonards food truck, then local coffee, a visit to Sunset beach, a shrimp meal, followed by a delicious shave ice. All the while Chris showed us the beautiful sights of the North Shore. It was a perfectly lovely relaxing day

Jennifer H.

Best Local Lunch Ever!
Chris not only showed us the sights, but gave us fascinating info about his interest in archaeology in the Hawaiian Islands. We saw some places that we would never have found on our own and stopped at 3 great local food places!! Mahalo

Ann K.

Fantastic / fun day of touring & learning!
We booked an 8 hr tour of Oahu. Chris did an amazing job of showing us the island, introducing us to some great local food, teaching us a lot of history of the island, answering lots of questions, and he even revealed the secret of the chicken island leprechauns (just ask). He customized site seeing and discussions based on our preferences. Chris is super-personable and was fun to be around as well as super helpful. We highly recommend if you want to spend time learning & getting to know Oahu

Jill R.

Wonderful, Personalized Oahu Tour
The tour we had was everything we hoped it would be. Chris picked us up at 7 AM and took a few minutes to review our expectations for the day and then took us straight to Leonard’s for a feast of their famous malasadas. Chris is a friendly, knowledgeable guide who was a pleasure to spend the day with. Our second stop was a small coffee grower/producer. When we talked about our interest in LOST, he knew just the place for us to visit…and it was nearly deserted! Our day included the North Shore, Waimea Bay, the best shave ice ever, and poke bowls the way the locals do it. Our trip ended with a snorkeling adventure. The only downside was that there wasn’t snorkeling equipment for everyone. We had gear for two of the three of us, so it was disappointing that there wasn’t the gear necessary for my husband. He used their mask and went out without flippers and still had a good time. I would recommend without hesitation

Mary Paul
North Carolina

Big Day Out
We booked with PTH for a full day tour of Oahu for 3 families, with 2 families having been before and 1 newbie family. Chris our guide did a brilliant job of showing us new sights while retaining those quintessential Hawaiian experiences we all love. Chris was a great tour guide who was a font of knowledge of all things Hawaiian. Very entertaining guy, a real rockstar of the tourist guide world, as was Adam when he took us last time. Would DEFINITELY book with this company again. Very flexible itinerary which can change on the day if you like. Mahalo!

Sydney, Australia


Hawaii at its best!

We flew into the eye of the hurricane not knowing what to expect when we arrived. What we found, was Oahu on lock down in anticipation of the storm.We were fortunate that it didn’t hit the island and even more fortunate that Chris was so accommodating in moving our dates around so that we would get the most out of our booked tour.Chris was a great tour guide, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. The day is yours to make your own itinerary and we would suggest a full day to really experience all there is to offer. There were eleven in our party – adults ranging from 26-70. Everyone had a great time and all interests were covered.

We would absolutely recommend him to show you Hawaii at it’s best – when we return we will be booking this tour company again!

Janice L.

Enjoyed our time with him!

We were a group of 5 with my parents in their 70s and the rest of us in our 30s and 40s. It was our first time in hawaii and just after hurricane Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm. Our guide was Chris, and we throughly enjoyed our time with him. The 10-12 hr tour didnt seem long or boring and Chris was really knowledgeable and provided interesting insights to the people and the land. The van was clean and well maintained and there was water and juice provided. Would recommend the company!

Pixie S.

Two fun-filled days!

We had Chris as our tour guide for two fun filled days. Not only was he friendly and funny, but full of information about the history or Hawaii. We had two teenagers with us and he kept them entertained as well! 😉 We highly recommend using this company!

Susan C.

One of the best tour days ever!

We booked a tour of Honolulu and enjoyed one of the best tour days ever! As a group of ten from a cruise ship, we wanted to maximize our sightseeing time and not worry with driving and directions. Chris picked us up promptly and started our tour by asking what was important to us for the day. He planned our itinerary around our input, and covered so much more in the 8 hours than we ever could on our own. Chris is an excellent tour guide-he loves Hawaii, he was timely, has a wealth of knowledge and stories to share– he was a guide, archeologist, story teller, scientist, philosopher– and great fun, too! Everyone had just the day we each wanted.
Brenda B


Our last day on Oahu couldn’t have been better! Our driver, Chris, was fantastic. He took us to a number of places on the island that we had never been to or, for that matter, even thought of going to. We never would have seen all that he showed us on our own without getting lost and constantly “recalculating”! Don’t think twice about booking. You won’t regret it! Thanks Chris for making that last day on Oahu a memorable one!

Susan F

We had a great day with Chris!

We saw so much in a short time. Lunch at Mike’s Huli Huli…yum! Thanks for the lessons in learning how to pronounce Hawaiian words. A fun, informative day with beautiful scenic stops!

Kim S.

FANTASTIC ! We were a group of 4 couples just getting off the Pride of America Cruise Ship and did not need to be at airport until 7 pm. Chris picked us up at the Pier and we toured around the island. He took us to see Chinatown, Downtown Honolulu, Iolani Palace, Kamehameha Statue, Waialua Coffee Farms, North Shore Soap Factory, Kaena Point, Haleiwa Surfing Village, Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, Laie Town, Chinaman’s Hat, Kualoa Ranch, Nu’uanu Pali Rainforest and sample local food (Roy’s Beach House / Macadamia Nut Farm)!! And seeing the big surf on the North Shore was icing on the cake…..Our last day on Oahu could not have been better. We really appreciated the service along with knowledge of island and fun we had with Chris.

Eugene Bender

Fantastic places, sights & real local attractions that you simply won’t find ( even with Google !)

I would highly recommend this as a much better option to hiring a car and trying to drive yourself around. With only a week in Waikiki we were very keen on seeing as much of the island as possible. But knowing where to go & what to see is the hard part. I first communicated via email  (which was quick & easy) & he pointed out how they would customize our tour to exactly what we wanted to see & do. Our tour guide was Chris & he was brilliant. He collected us from our hotel and spent the day showing us so many fantastic places, sights & real local attractions that you simply won’t find ( even with Google !)
Some of the highlights in a spectacular day were the Diamond Head Lookout, Hawaii Kai Lookout, Makapu’u Lookout, Magnum PI’s “Robin’s Nest”, Nu’uanu Pali Rainforest, Sharks Cove (Snorkel ) Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline surfing beach, Haleiwa Surfing Village, and sample local food (Leonard’s Bakery / Mike’s Huli Huli Chicken / Hawaiian Shave Ice) !!
We had a terrific day with Chris hosting us like were had known each other for years. A huge thanks to Chris for all your local knowledge.
Regards Brendan, Cath, Rhys, Jacinta F.

Tour with Chris !

Fantastic great knowledge and very personable Aloha till next time..
Nora Bartolotta

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