Growing up on Big Island of Hawaii, Jay has had the privilege to be a tour guide for many friends and families from all over the world. Whether it’s a popular attraction or some where off the beaten path, Jay has explored the Hawaiian Islands from top to bottom. Combining his passion for travel and knowledge of the island, Jay co-founded Wasabi Tours Hawaii soon after graduating from college. Nowadays if you can’t find jay leading a tour on the island, he is traveling around the world as a cultural ambassador of Hawaii.
Kala Holiday was born and raised on the Big Island in the small coffee village of Honaunau. He is a state registered lineal descendent of the original inhabitants of Puuhonua o Honaunau, and regularly participates in cultural functions at the National Parks.
Kala attended the West Hawaii Explorations Academy where he heavily focused on the study of indigenous Hawaiian plants. He is very knowledgeable on the native flora and fauna as well as a number of alien species that have been introduced throughout the years.
Being of Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, and Caucasian descent, Kala has a rich family history and a unique perspective of life in the islands that he loves to share with visitors to the island.
Nickles grew up in the southeast mainland US developing a deep love for the mountains, ocean, and nature at an early age. His interest in the natural world and affinity toward the sciences led to the completion of a graduate degree in geophysics at University of Hawaii. An avid surfer, spear-fisherman, survivalist, and adventurer, Nickles has explored many remote areas of the Big Island from the highest volcanoes to the most far flung reefs. When not in the ocean or mountains, Nickles enjoy reading and meeting new people!
“He was full of information, history and stories of the island that we would not have educated ourselves with if we just drove ourselves around.”
“Dan provided us with tons of interesting and educational information about the history of the island, the local legends, the natural resources and of course the geological conditions. Keepin a 8 year old interested for that long is a huge challenge and Dan kept all of us engaged the entire tour.”
“Great tour with breathtaking views! It was a very informational tour full of interesting Hawaiian facts. My family loved every minute of it. Our guide was very friendly and enjoyable to listen to.”
“This young man (Nickles) was so knowledgeable of the island from topography, oceanography, flowers & flora to Hawaiian history and folklore. There wasn’t one question asked of him that he couldn’t answer.”
“Joseph, our guide, was great, very knowledgeable, and a super sweet guy. He had that van stocked with cookies, granola bars, pineapple, juice, and bottled water.”
“We did not feel hurried at any of the attractions, lunch was fabulous, the van was comfortable, and we saw all of the key points on the island.”
“I think what was particular outstanding about this tour was the attention, information, and services we got from Kala, our fantastic guide.”
“Kala was the best tour guide EVER! He is native to the island and has a wealth of knowledge about Hawaiian culture, history, each destination we visited, and sustainability on the Island.”
“Our driver, Joe, was a very intelligent (and entertaining) young man who was full of Hawaiian folklore and stories.”
“All in all I can say that this was the best tour I’ve ever been on, and it will take an incredible effort to beat this.”
Ehitu was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, he grew up by the ocean and learned how to live by what mother nature provided. At a young age, he was taught by elders on how to farm and fish with the moon, and night sky has always fascinated him ever since he was a child. All of these experiences were his first encounter with culture, science, and astronomy and they inspired him to continue pursuit his passion for art, music, and nature. Traveling around the islands and getting to know the Kama’aina (caretakers of the land) helped him gained more knowledge and appreciation for Hawaiian cultures and history and he is eager to share all of his insight with guests.