Growing up on the 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 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.
“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.”
Born half Spanish, half Mexican, Darian was raised on an island – Galveston. Since moving to Hawaii over 7 years ago, He has been fascinated and deeply studied the history, local cultures, geology, and the agriculture of Hawaii.
He is an avid hiker during spare time and has explored over 100 miles of tails throughout the Big Island, including many locations unknown to life time residents. In addition, he is a regular in events around Big Island such as volunteering for Ironman Triathlon, Kona Marathon, charities, and cultural restoration projects.
Ehitu is a seventh generation Native Hawaiian born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, growing up by the ocean and learning how to live by what mother nature provided. He has always been interested in the night sky and astronomy from hearing how his ancestors voyaged throughout the Pacific Ocean just by using the stars.
In 2009, he started traveling around the world and doing surf photography. His work can be found in magazines such as Surfer, Outside Magazine, Hawaiian Airlines. Since the most recent volcanic eruption in May 2018, his photographs and video footage has also been published by National Geographic. Join a tour with Ehitu, he loves to share his cultures and experiences living on this beautiful island.