The Small Group Tour Advantage

Many of the tours available in Hawaii cater to larger groups, which may leave you fighting for space as the group piles into the bus. Large group tours have unavoidable delays between activities, precious time spent waiting for the group to assemble or disembark. In a large group, you miss out on the opportunity to establish a personal connection with your guide and are left essentially paying for an over-priced transportation service.

At Keawe Adventures, we offer small group tours of Pearl Harbor and the Island of Oahu that accommodate groups of 8 individuals or less.

Although some of our vehicles can fit 14 people, we are adamant that comfort is a top priority, which is why we limit our tours to just 8 individuals. We invite you to stretch out, get comfortable, and enjoy the views. We don’t want you to miss a thing. Our small tours guarantee you won’t be fighting for window space in our luxury vehicles.

Limiting our tour size to 8 individuals allows us to create a more intimate experience with our guests. Our expert team of local historians, veterans, and professional guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge. In a small group setting, they are able to add more information, humor, and personal-touch to their tours.

While we are happy to accommodate larger groups upon request, the majority of our group tours are small. This allows us to focus on creating the best possible tour experiences. Our tours are designed to be engaging, efficient, and entertaining because we believe establishing personal connections is the best way to create meaningful memories.

Experience Pearl Harbor With An Expert

Planning your trip to Pearl Harbor can seem overwhelming if you are not sure what to expect. Visiting the park with a tour guide not only eliminates the stress of planning but will enhance the overall experience. There is a wide range of tour options available in Hawaii, but the quality varies. A good tour guide brings history to life, which is why Keawe Adventures proudly employs an expert team of veterans, historians, and professional guides who are passionate about their craft. Our team’s expertise and personal attention to detail guarantees that we have the best Pearl Harbor tour guides in Hawaii.

With over 1.6 million people visiting Pearl Harbor each year, it is one of the most iconic spots in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor consists of four sites, including the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Each of these sites are unique to one aspect of the United States’ involvement World War II and contain a wealth of knowledge.

Visiting Pearl Harbor on your own is possible but will limit your experience in terms of time and information. Planning your visit can prove to be difficult, as it involves navigating how and when to purchase tickets, as well as determining how much time you will spend at each site.

The most popular site at Pearl Harbor, The Arizona Memorial, requires tickets for admission. If you plan to visit on your own, you should reserve tickets online at least two months in advance. The tickets themselves are free but will cost $1.00 to reserve online. If you are unable to secure tickets prior to your visit, walk-up tickets are still available on the day you arrive. However, it is best to arrive as early as possible. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center opens at 7am and it is not uncommon for individuals to begin lining up at 6:30am. You may receive a ticket time for much later in the day and be stuck waiting for hours.

If you visit Pearl Harbor with our tour guides, the tickets will be secured for you ahead of time. We will plan your visit, so you are not wasting time standing in lines or waiting to view the Arizona Memorial. Our guides can expertly adjust your schedule, which allows you to spend the right amount of time at each site.

As with any museum, there are informational displays placed throughout the park explaining the events of Pearl Harbor. There are also narrated head-set tours available for an additional cost. Both are informative but limit the amount of information you are able to absorb. If you are traveling with kids, they may easily lose interest and want to move on to the next attraction. There is a lot to see at the park and it may be easy to overlook the details and quickly move to the next monument that catches your eye.

When you visit Pearl Harbor with our guides, they will bring history to life in front of you. Our expert guides can point out small details and artifacts that you may overlook. This knowledge allows you to view the area with a different set of eyes and emotions that you cannot get from a headset or reading a display. By setting aside those distractions, we can fill your day with historical information, personal experiences, and an in-depth knowledge that can only be learned over time.

Exploring Pearl Harbor in a small group tour is the best way to make sure your visit is engaging, informational, and time efficient. Our guides will enhance your visit by painting a vivid picture of the events leading up to the attack. We will set the world stage and explain how each country’s ideas and agenda contributed to the events of World War II. Our goal is to help answer the ultimate question: Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?

Our small group tours allow you to ask questions and get to know your tour guide. The experience becomes more personable and conversational, allowing you to fully understand and explore the park.

Pearl Harbor is more than a historic site. It is an intricate story of courage, personal sacrifice, and national freedom. The experience you have at Pearl Harbor depends entirely on how you plan your visit. The park is overflowing with history and emotion that are enhanced by the presence of an expert guide. With Keawe Adventures, you will create meaningful memories and expand your knowledge of world history. It is through these personal experiences that the history of Pearl Harbor is preserved.

Before planning your trip, click here to meet our expert tour guides.

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Traveling to Pearl Harbor With Kids

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The Island of Oahu offers a spectacular range of activities for families with kids of all ages. However, the majority of group tours in Hawaii are between 10 – 11 hours long. This can be challenging for parents traveling with younger children, as these long tour hours often lie beyond kid’s attention spans. Attractions like Pearl Harbor can seem especially intimidating to parents worried that their children will lose interest.

Keawe Adventures offers shorter tours for the best way to effectively experience the island without the long hours. You shouldn’t have to spend your vacation time waiting in lines or sitting on a bus waiting for the rest of the tour group. Our tours are designed to be more engaging for families with younger kids by allowing them to explore and ask questions with their tour guides in a small group setting.

We offer a number of tours ranging from just 3 hours to full days packed with island activities. Our tours allow you to skip the lines and long wait periods. Forget about waiting for the tour bus to make 10 more stops before getting to your destination. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you directly where you want to go. Even better, we can adjust to your schedule and help you plan the day’s activities.

Booking a private tour is the best way to fit in a full day of activities, while still saving money. Longer tours with big groups have unavoidable time spent waiting in lines or waiting on transportation, which you end up paying for. A shorter, more direct tour means you are getting quality tour time with no money wasted.

Our goal is to provide you and your kids with an entertaining and engaging tours that will allow you to make the most of your vacation. Spend more time exploring with your kids and less time waiting in line. Keawe Adventures will allow you to discover new sites and still be back in the hotel swimming pool in no time at all!

Happy Veterans Day

We here at Keawe Adventures wish all veterans around the world a Happy Veterans Day.

When you serve in the military, you become a part of a tight-knit community. The same thing happens when you leave. You become a veteran, joining tens of millions around the country.  It is a bond of service and sacrifice that forever holds Veterans together.

Here at Keawe Adventures we are pleased to have our own Veterans as a part of the Ohana.   Yesterday we featured our owner, Makani Christensen, in honor of the United States Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day.  Today we would like to highlight two of our guide’s military careers below.  Both are outstanding men who have answered the call to duty and to this day continue to be well involved in their communities.   Mahalo Tony and Fernando!

 

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“I entered the US Navy on 12 February 1991 and retired 29 February 2012. I had the honor of being a US Navy Seabee, the Navy’s construction engineers. Throughout my career I deployed 9 times to locations around the globe. As a Seabee,  I completed 4 combat tours, 1 tour to Bosnia/Herzegovina, and 3 tours in Iraq, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq. To me my military service is unique, I never saw it as a job, it was my life, as well as my family’s life. My wife and two daughters had to endure 9 long deployments 12 field exercises and several humanitarian relief missions all equaling 11 years apart from each other. This is time I will never get back. You would think that these sacrifices would keep any one of my daughters out of the military. Bet yet my oldest daughter serves with distinction as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force.”

-Tony Chance, RET MCPO, United States Navy

 

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Fernando Angueira enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman in November 2002. His first duty station was 2/22 Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY. Fernando served as a scout and squad automatic weapon gunner. He deployed twice with 2/22; 10 months to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and 12 months to Sadr City, Iraq. After his second combat tour he completed the Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, GA. In 2006, Fernando was reassigned to 1-503rd Battalion, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team-Airborne in Vicenza, Italy. He held various leadership positions over the course of eight years with the unit to include: section sergeant, squad leader, platoon sergeant, rear-detachment First Sergeant. Fernando completed three combat tours with 173rd; 15 months to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 12 months to Wardak Province, Afghanistan, and 5 months to Logar, Province, Afghanistan. Fernando Angueira honorably completed his service in September 2014. He still remains committed and active to the Oahu veteran community through volunteer service and events.

-Fernando Angueira, SSG, United States Army

 

Mahalo and Aloha to all Veterans around the World!  We salute you!

 

 

Happy 242nd Birthday United States Marine Corps

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We here at Keawe Adventures would like to wish a Happy 242nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps and ALL Marines around the world.  A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps:

“This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence. At places like Trenton, Tripoli, Chapultepec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, Sangin, and so many others, Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team. It’s that intangible spirit that has formed the foundation of our warfighting reputation for the past 242 years. Now it’s our responsibility to ensure we honor and carry on that legacy. The American people expect a Corps of men and women who are committed, selfless, willing to sacrifice, who epitomize honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character. We owe our Nation and our predecessors no less.

Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!”

Robert B. Neller

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

We would especially like to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday and Happy Veterans Day to our owner Makani Christensen.

After studying at Kamehameha Secondary School, Makani graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He then entered the military as a Marine Officer, where he served his country for 5 years with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After receiving the Joint Service Commendation medal, Makani was honorably discharged in 2008.  Along with his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and his strong Hawaiian genealogy, Makani’s love for the land and sea is what inspired him to start his own business. It is here where Makani finds true joy; sharing with others about Hawaii’s history, culture, and ocean environment.

Mahalo Makani for your Service!

-From the entire Keawe Adventures Ohana

 

To Our Valued Partners, Past and Future Guests and All Our Extended Ohana….

 

To all our valued partners, past and future guests and all our extended ohana,

 

We here at Keawe Adventures would like to share our deepest thoughts, aloha, empathy and concern for the recent and impending hurricanes throughout the continental United States of America.  We wish you all safe keeping for you and your families.  We wish you all safe recovery for all of you and your families.  Know that you are in our thoughts and we will send as much Hawaiian sunshine and Aloha to brighten this dark time.   Be safe and well everyone.

Aloha-

Keawe Adventures Staff

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A Celebration of Life – Herb Weatherwax

Who was Herb Weatherwax?  Who wasn’t “Uncle Herb” Weatherwax?  “Uncle Herb” Weatherwax was one of the handful of remaining  local  and Native Hawaiian Pearl Harbor military survivors, whom passed away just days after the commemorative 75th anniversary of Peal Harbor in December 2017.  As with this “Greatest Generation”, Uncle Herb’s life was one lead with dignity and grace.

Big Island Native Weatherwax was drafted into the Army in June 1941 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks on Oahu.  On a weekend pass to Honolulu, Weatherwax bore witness to the events of December 7, 1941.   His military career would lead him to facing Germany’s Siegried Line and with his 272nd Regiment advancing into Germany, eventually freeing dying prisoners in labor camps.   After the war, Uncle Herb became a family man, business owner and ever-present Volunteer at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, helping to promote education and understanding.

“It is up to Survivors to perpetuate the history until we are gone. I am always learning from others and thought that someone might pick up one or two things from what I have gone through.” – Herb Weatherwax

On Saturday, June 3 2017, the National Parks Services at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center held a Celebration of Life in honor of their dedicated veteran, friend, uncle, volunteer, educator and legend.

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Family, friends and Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Employees gather for the celebration of Life!

An Auspicious date indeed as June 3 2017 would have been Uncle Herb’s 100th Birthday and June 2, 2017 would have been his 66th wedding anniversary!  Uncle Herb’s Wife was in attendance and got up several times to dance hula!

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Musical Entertainment was provided by Navy service members and a delicious spread of local grinds awaited guests prior to the program.

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I said delicious right?? Pictured here chicken katsu, kalua pork and lomi salmon from Kimo’s Akamai Catering.

At sunset the beautiful sound of the Pu (conchshell) and a marvelous ‘oli welcomed the guest of honor.  Uncle Herb’s photo was escorted in by the Knights of Columbus and a spirited program of song, dance, photos, and rememberance was to followed.

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I would like to believe that the heaven’s and Uncle Herb thanked us and was there in spirit.  Look at that exquisite sunset!  It was truly an honor and a gift to be able to attend this event as a representative for Keawe Adventures.

 

Kalei Scoggins

Operations Manager

Adventure Awaits with Keawe Adventures

When I joined Keawe Adventures, I knew that an exciting fast-paced work environment was ahead of me.  I also knew that the company was a leader in personalized custom activity tours.  What I didn’t know was that on my SECOND day on the job, I would have the most epic adventure day ever!  Keawe Adventures was participating in a Yelp video shoot as well as creating new content for their website.  We had the privilege to take out some guests on a full excursion tour of Oahu Island and I got to tag along.  EEK! EPIC!

Check out the stops and some awesome shots from our adventure day below.

DIAMOND HEAD CRATER

Diamond Head, or as the locals call it Le’ahi, was once the first US Military base in Hawaii. The crater itself used to also be home to historical music festivals that featured the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Elvis.   Now visitors and residents alike can enjoy a brief hike up the face of the mountain to its peak bunker which offers 360 degree views of Honolulu.

My suggestion is go in the morning,  as there is not much shade or coverage on the trail.   While the trail is MOSTLY moderate, there is definitely  a steep bit of stairs at the end.   The view is definitely work all the physical work to get there!

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FRESH CATCH

Ok, so what do most people want after some physical activity??  FOOD!!!  Luckily Makani Christensen, owner of Keawe Adventures, was keen on a great place to bring us.  Poke Bowls have long been a favorite in the islands, but have steadily been gaining popularity all over the world.  Fresh Catch hosts some of the best poke as well as variety on island.  It was delicious.

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PALI LOOKOUT

After a quick bite to eat, it was off to Pali Lookout, which boasts fantastic views of the windward side.  As the name suggests, it is also a very windy spot on island!  The Pali lookout is also home to a historical battle for the island of Oahu.  K43A9030.jpg

Did I mention that we were being carried around all day in a sweet ride?  Our chariot awaits!

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BYODO-IN TEMPLE

After a quick hop over the windward mountains, we headed towards the Northeast side of the island and to Byodo-In Temple.  This temple was dedicated in August 1968 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.  Here you can find a large brass peace bell and serene surroundings.

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Hey! There’s that awesome sprinter again!

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LAIE POINT & TURTLE BAY

After the Temple, we still headed towards our next adventure activity, but not without making two quick stops for some photos at Laie Point and Turtle Bay.  Can you see our group on the point? HI MOM!

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STAND UP PADDLE BOARD – HALEIWA NORTH SHORE

After some scenic stops, we finally made it to our next adventure activity – STAND UP PADDLE BOARD.  We were taken out on Haleiwa River which provided the perfect calm water for experts to novice to enjoy!  I have a weak ankle, however I was still able to go out with the group and enjoy the water.  Score!

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DINNER – Haleiwa Beach House Restaurant

Again, after any physical activity what does one want??  FOOD!  AND NOW A COCKTAIL!  So off we went to Haleiwa Beach House Restaurant for exquisite provisions.  So exquisite that we ate it all before getting some proper photos. This restaurant boasts great service, a fantastic view across from Haleiwa beach (perfect for sunset) and amazing food.  All in all it was the perfect ending to a perfect and wonderful day.

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If you are interested in an action-filled day I would definitely recommend this tour to you!  It certainly made for a memorable and epic second day on the job.  Adventure awaits everyone…..now go find it.

Kalei Scoggins

Operations Manager

 

 

Reflection Helicopter Crash Pearl Harbor 18 February 2016

One year ago today a Bell Ranger Helicopter made a ‘auto rotation’ controlled crash into the water of Pearl Harbor. I was approximately 100 yards incident. On board were a family from Canada & the pilot. The aircraft sank to the bottom in about 18’ feet of water. All onboard were able to exit the aircraft except 16-year-old Riley Dobson. The helicopter had flipped over once it sank & was resting on the bottom, blades down, skids up. Riley was stuck in the port side aft seat, with a twisted seat belt keeping him from a clean egress. I ran to the waters edge & met my friend who is a Federal Police Officer at the park. He was removing his gun belt & shirt. He told me that there was a person still in the chopper. We dove in, me headfirst like a dumb ass. I went straight to the fuselage from the dive. I swam through the front of the cabin thinking that Riley might be trapped there as sometimes the front seats of helicopters have ‘4-point’ seat belts that are harder to exit from. He was not there. We continued to dive taking turns trying to get Riley out of the aircraft. Finally we were handed a knife & took turns cutting the belt.

Riley was extracted after about 7 minutes. EMS assets had arrived & he was revived, at least for now. The following was written just for Riley about 2 weeks after the crash. I now feel the need to share as Riley Dobson would pass away 4 days later.

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“The following is kind of long & rambling; I don’t expect everyone to read it but I am struggling of late & it has been challenging to put Riley’s death behind me. I needed to share this, with someone, so why not my friends & Ohana which most of my FB friends are.

It’s been a year since we lost Riley Dobson in the crash of a Bell Ranger at Pearl Harbor. Its been tough for me, but I cant imagine what Riley’s family is experiencing. My friend Makani Christensen encouraged me to write about the crash & subsequent extraction of young Riley. Makani is a former Marine Officer, Annapolis Graduate & combat veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan and a mentor to me. He has seen combat, death & battle injuries so he knows what PTSD is first hand. His suggestion to put pen to paper has been a God Send. My mental issues pale in comparison to the men and women serving our country in the Armed Services, EMS, Fire & Police departments. In no way is my experience as heavy as what they go through, but I still needed to share my words to Riley with Ohana. I settled on writing a letter to Riley vs just telling the story of the crash & extraction.

Mahalo to everyone for your support & kind messages especially Vanessa Finland & Marcus & Mel Luttrell. I am no hero. I am positive all of you would have dove in to help Riley. Maybe it’s a surfing thing, a Hawaii thing, a Jax Beach thing but it’s just the way we all roll in our beach & island communities…

“We in Hawaii do not run from a fight, we run to it” I actually said that to George Stephanopoulos from ABC News when he asked why we ran to the crash. George is one reason I watch FOX News and not the liberal media but that is another story. He just does not understand surfers I am guessing.

“I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.” Marcus Luttrell said this in his book ‘Lone Survivor’. We watermen & women all have a tiny bit of SEAL strength in us. Never Quit…..

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Dear Riley,

We would have surfed together, gone spearfishing with Uncle Kevin Sakuda, skateboarded with Chase, Makena & Gary Owens, eaten Poke at Tamuras, gone fishing with Uncle Makani Christensen, gone freediving with Kurt Chambers, hiked Laie Falls with Kahana Pukahi, gone pig hunting with Uncle Stephen Dewald, paddled outrigger canoe with Denise Oceanplayground, worked the loʻi with Lisa Dewald, & Douglas A. Ka’ehuiki & Darren, go Big Island & mountain bike with Aunty Wendy Minor, ride horses in the Kahuku hills with Uncle Jim Russi, walk Chuck with Baja Brock, play herding with Carol Jaxon & Ed’s puppies Rudy & Wesson, celebrate an Awa Ceremony with Kiliona, work on a Koa canoe with Uncle Bobby, go Kauai & hike with Aunty Lisa Kaili Ledesma go for a surf lesson with Uncle Bruce Irons at Pinetrees, check out giant surf with Jamie Sterling or just hung with my boys on the North Shore. This is my Hawaii & it rips my heart open to think you won’t be able to join me. You would have fit in. You would have been one of the crew. You would have been accepted as Ohana into our crew.

I looked into your eyes as I struggled to get you out of that chopper and wanted to hear your story, to know you, to be your friend. We heard how hard you fought in the hospital; a true Hanai son of Hawaii. You were a warrior to the end. Canada must be proud…

Come to find out your were an awesome kid, a horseman, a show jumper, animal lover & friend to all who were lucky enough to know you.

We tried so hard to free you from that fuselage as fast as possible. Get you out so you could go surfing with me. I will never forgive myself for not holding my breath longer. I am so sorry it was not quicker.
A US sailor, a Federal Police officer and me, an old North Shore surfer fought hard to bring you to the surface but it was not fast enough. I wanted to be able to show you my Hawaii once we all stopped smelling like jet fuel. I am so sad this wont happen…
Hawaii weeps for your families’ loss but they need to know we are here if needed to “talk story” or just cry together. Everyone must know that you kept giving even after death. Many sick folks from Hawaii are now blessed with the “KoKo” from your organs.
So Pono…
I must confess I am selfish as I feel like I lost a potential little brother in you, a surf partner, dive buddy, paddler and a friend.

When I heard you left us on Monday I drove to the crash site at Pearl Harbor and floated flowers & placed a Lei on the shore where I had dove in to free you. I also scattered the ashes of my beloved puppy, Kolohe, so you two could hang out. He was a great dog; you will be best friends. Kolohe loved horses as you do. Take care of each other & someday we will surf, play on the beach & you can teach me to ride one of your show horses…
Rest in Peace my friend…

Love Chris

Valentines Day In Hawaii

Valentines day comes once a year.   It’s a time of opportunity and adventure. If you miss making a reservation or planning ahead, then it could be an adventure making things happen at the last minute.   For example, here in Hawaii most restaurants are booked 2 to 3 months in advanced.   Especially the fancy ones.   It is also an opportunity to shine.

This Valentines day let us help you create a magical moment for you and your significant other.   Enjoy an evening sail on one of our yacht with one of our private chiefs or watch the sunset at a remote beach.   How about a luau?   Hire a private chief to come to you.   The possibilities are endless.

If you are looking for adventure on Valentines day, how about a romantic horseback ride on one of the north shore beaches with a picnic lunch?   Hiking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or private guided tour?   If you have an idea, then give us a call.