Sent: Wednesday, January
26, 2011 10:11 AM
Subject: Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo!
I wanted to email you to advise
how much I enjoyed snorkeling. Since I'm 58 years old, not a swimmer and
deathly afraid of water, my intention for signing up on your tour was to
merely accompany my niece and watch her have fun. Never in a million years
did I think I could actually participate! I attribute my fun experience
all to Nicole. She is not only a very nice, friendly individual, but she
exudes professionalism and confidence in her skills. I had no difficulty
trusting her with my life and only wished she lived closer so I can hire
her to teach me to swim! Snorkeling was indeed the highlight of my week
long visit to Hawaii!
I would definitely recommend your tour to anyone visiting Kauai. You are
so blessed to be there; we in NJ are expecting 6 to 10 inches of snow on
top of what we already have!
Thank you so much again!
Sent: Saturday, January 01,
2011 7:18 PM
To: Info @ Aloha Kauai Tours
Subject: Re: Aloha - confirming your snorkel tour Dec 24th
Terri and all..............
My deepest, deepest most sincere appreciation to your wonderful staff for
the most memorable time of my life....truly. I have dubbed Kailee my
new Fear Therapist. She never left my side in what turned out to be
probably something on the top five of my fear list and I did not even
realize it until I got out there. I worked thru a lot of fear and
can't wait to get back and do it again. Natalie (Nicole) was great
and has such a deep respect for the ocean and all that lives in it....and
both made my first snorkel experience the best ever. They both took
such great care in making sure we all understood now fragile the space was
we were about to enter. I have a new respect for the ocean, even
more than I thought. Thanks so much for what you did for me.
It was fabulous....I am writing to the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook author as
well for his recommendation.
West Richland, WA
Sent: Thursday, December
16, 2010 2:11 PM
Subject: Kudos for Paul
To whom it may concern.
We went on the 4 hour rainforest 4x4 tour with Paul as our guide.
From the moment we left Pono Kai with suitable sound effects from the
laugh-meister Paul, we went our merry way to the rain forest.
Along the way Paul kept up an informational monologue about sights,
animals and vegetation we saw before we got to the forest.
Paul is encyclopedic in his knowledge of all things Hawaiian and a
humorist too boot.
Our trek to the stream and end of the walkable trail had Paul noting
many interesting sites like where parts of Jurassic park was filmed.
We enjoyed eating some of the local flora courtesy of Paul's knowledge
of what the native Hawaiians ate over the centuries and how things have
changed in that time period.
Overall, we rate Paul 2
thumbs up or a Shaka sign for his entertaining and informative guideship
Aloha Terri & Mike,
I just received an email from the Rotterdam - they had great
feedback on your Snorkel tour - I'm passing it on to you!
We know you do a great job every single time - but it's nice to hear
it from the cruise line too !!!
We have received nothing but great comments on the Kauai snorkel, which I
have passed on to Melissa in Seattle.
Everybody loved it
Shore Excursions Manager
My husband and I did a Kauai
Backroads adventure tour on 11/18/2010, we were passengers of the N.C.L.
This is just to give our guide Paul, six stars. We thoroughly
enjoyed the tour, he is a very entertaining person and very
knowledgeable in his profession. We would certainly look
forward to having him as a guide if we ever come back.
Judy and Paul Clarkson
From: Teri Charrois
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2010 7:40 PM
To: Info @ Aloha Kauai Tours
Just wanted to let you know what a great time
we had today on the trip.
Kailee, Nicole and Paul were excellent. In
particular Kailee was especially attentive a patient with the 2
youngest of our party (7 year olds).
Thanks again and we will be back!
Remember the private
tour you did on October 28th with the Japanese-and-American-mostly-seniors
group? I'm Phyllis, who sat next to you. We all had a
good time on the tour! My husband's relatives even commented later
that the tour guide was funny, which gave us pause since they couldn't
understand anything you said... Then we remembered that your noise
imitations crossed the language barrier!
Just a thank you for the
service provided to our party by Aloha. She was great and a compliment to
Mayor, City of
Blue Springs, MO
Sent: Wednesday, October
27, 2010 4:53 AM
Subject: Re: Tour
Just wanted to let you know what a
great time we had on the 4x4 tour of Kauai with Paul, on Oct. 21st.
He is a great guide, funny and
full of information and takes the time to talk to everyone on the tour.
Loved it and we would recommend
it to anyone.
He also helped people with
their cameras when needed and I got some great close-ups of flowers
because he showed me how to use Macro.
Thanks to Paul for a great day.
I've been meaning to
write to let you know how much I enjoyed my two trips but, as usual,
it's taken me longer to send this note than it should.
Paul was my guide for
both trips. He's a trip all unto himself. I had a great time
both days - 4x4 on 9/4) and then snorkeling (9/6) - and wouldn't
hesitate to join you again for other excursions. It was 21 years
between trips to Kauai for me so hopefully it won't take me that long to
get there again. There's too much to do there and too easy to get
there from LAX so no excuses!
Thanks again and keep
up the good work.
My wife and I would like to
say THANKS for a very enjoyable snorkel excursion. Our tour guides
were very personable and professional. Our driver Paul was a
particularly positive addition to the snorkeling with his
continuous explanations, comedy, and entertainment on the drive to and
from the bay. We had a blast !
Paul & Kailee
Lee and I were on your snorkeling trip on Friday
May 14th. We had such an enjoyable time-you two are the BEST!...It was one
of our fondest memories of our Hawaiian vacation. Again, thanks for the
Tom & Lee Runge
We had a great time on your snorkel tour, thank
I wasn't sure where to post this on the website,
but just wanted to let you know that my wife and I went snorkeling last
Tuesday with Paul and we had a great time. Paul was a great guide
and very patient with all of us considering no one in our group had really
snorkeled before. He was really funny and informative and he made
the snorkeling trip a lot more interesting. Thanks again for a great
- Peter and Stephanie
My family of six just
got back from a Hawaiian cruise. We took a snorkeling excursion
with your organization, and our guide was Kailee.
I just wanted to let
you know that it was the best excursion of our trip. Kailee took
the time to make sure we were well outfitted with snorkeling gear, and
it was the first snorkeling trip we had where no masks leaked, no one
had difficulty staying afloat, etc.
was the perfect snorkeling experience, and Kailee was an excellent
From: SAM KAYE CLEMMONS
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:37 PM
Just wanted to let you know how
much we enjoyed our NCL shore excursion on June 18. We did the Seafun
Beach Snorkel. It was great, the fish were plentiful, and we got a nice
close encounter with a turtle. Our guides were really great personable
people. Thanks again!
Sam and Kaye Clemmons
Swimming with Sea Turtles
Prince Kuhio Beach Park, Kauai
If you didn't know about Prince Kuhio Beach Park,
or its neighbor, Lawai Beach, you might drive right by them. But don't let
appearances fool you. Rocky, postage-stamp-sized Prince Kuhio Beach is the
place for snorkeling encounters of the green-shelled kind—that is, with
the group of green sea turtles that regularly graze and snooze amid the
seaweed-draped rock ledges here.
In Hawaiian mythology, these graceful, speckled
creatures, called honu, acted as aumakua, or godlike guardians. Today, the
law requires that you keep a respectful distance from this protected
species; however, if you are swimming near them, one or two gentle giants
may paddle a little closer to check you out. Because ocean currents here
can be tricky, go with a knowledgeable guide, like those from Aloha Kauai
Tours. The company's snorkeling trip also stops at adjacent Lawai Beach,
an unassuming strip of sand where the waters teem with up to 140 sea-life
species, including prison-striped Moorish Idols, unicorn fish and octopi (alohakauaitours.com).
Finding Nemo should be a cinch!
From: Jill and Barry
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 1:00 PM
To: 'Aloha Kauai Tours, Inc.'
Subject: Thank You
Hi Terri, just wanted to say I had
a fantastic snorkeling trip with Paul a couple of weeks ago. He did a
great job with our little group, particularly as we were all very
inexperienced, and enabled me to see particularly the turtle. Following
this I went out again myself a couple more time when we went to the Big
Can you please pass on my thanks
again to him?
We had a wonderful holiday in
Hawaii, this little adventure being part of it
From: Daniel Spellman
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 3:02 AM
To: Aloha Kauai Tours, Inc.
We just wanted to let you know that we really
enjoyed our snorkel tour with Paul last Tuesday!
The Spellman Family
Just want to tell you that your Rainforest tour
yesterday was great. Our guide Paul did a super job. He displayed a good
knowledge of the rainforest, and had an easy to listen to way of
communicating. Thank you for making our vacation in Kauai memorable. Hope
to take another one of your tours in the future.
Joe & Kathy Potts
I just wanted to send a quick note and a HUGE
thank you to Aloha Kauai Tours. We had the pleasure of snorkeling with
Paul and Kailee on April 25th and had the best time ever. It was our first
trip to the islands as well as our first time snorkeling and I am proud to
say thanks to Paul & Kailee, I am now hooked. We later did a snorkel
tour onMaui and it was incomapareble to the sights and experience we had on
Kauai. Paul was very personable, humorous, informative and obviously loves
what he does. Planning to return for the holidays, hopefully we can hook
up with your crew again for another snorkel and get in a 4x4 adventure
Crystal & Geoff
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank
you all for a wonderful adventure. ( SeaFun snorkel) Kim and I had a great
time and are looking forward to our next visit to the island and the next
time we will bring others with us. Your staff (Paul & Kailee) was
wonderful, entertaining and very professional. Thank you and we will
recommend your company to others that travel your way.
Gene & Kim Marchand
Dear Kailee, thank you for an incredible
snorkeling experience. You are the best of any snorkeling instructors we
have ever had. You helped us feel confident and the fish were just
gorgeous. We are enclosing a copy of the picture you took of the octopus
in Manu's hand.
Thanks for making my first snorkeling experience
wonderful. Thanks for taking the pics of the turtle and octopus.
If one wants to get up close and personal with
the rainforest then this is the shore excursion for you...The ride us
bumpy-as advertised. Our guide, Jack, was very informative and quite
knowledgeable of the area and its local history. Overall, this was a very
enjoyable tour. One made better with the great knowledge shared by our
tour guide, Jack.
My wife, Carol, and I went on the Backroads tour
with Paul Miranda about a week ago while on our honeymoon. We were very
impressed with Paul. He had us laughing and enjoying his humor all tour
long. He isn't just funny, he is very informative about the plants,
animals, geography, history and much more of your beautiful island. While
we there, we took several tours and we both agree totally that Paul's tour
was the best by far. We do not hesitate to recommend Paul and your company
to anyone planning to visiting Kauai. ..........
Carol and Gene Haury
Hello, I just wanted to say we had a wonderful
time attending your snorkeling tour on Saturday morning 4/20/10. Having
never snorkeled before in the ocean, our guides Paul and Kailee did an
excellent job explaining how to use the equipment, covered in detail where
we were going, what to do and see, and made the experience FUN and
educational. From the start to finish safety was their primary concern for
the group and they were both attentive to the whereabouts of everyone in
the group while in the water. Kudos to both Paul and Kailee. Thank you for
a wonderful and memorable experience. We will be back next year.
Tom H & Debbie M
My wife and I went snorkeling for the first time
on the SeaFun Beach Snorkel tour on 3/19/10 while enjoying a cruise on the
Pride of America and is was the hilight of our trip to Hawaii. Paul was
the best and everyone was very helpful. We loved it and recommend it to
William & Linda Weaver
I just wanted to let you know that we were very
appreciative of the knowledge that both Paul & Jack provided on our
snorkel tour. They were especially good at helping us with our children
who are 5 and 7 years old. They went out of their way to make sure the
kids were safe, comfortable, and most importantly...had fun!
Chad & Kathy
We had a great time snorkeling on Kauai! One of
the things we most wanted to do on our vacation was to snorkel with green
sea turtles. Besides all the colorful fish, we were very thrilled and feel
very blessed that we were able to see and swim with about 6 sea turtles!
Thank you to your excellent guides, Kailee and Kai, who added so much to
Bonnie & Ron Stock
My wife and I were on the NCL Pride of America
last week and on Friday the 5th, we took the Kauai Snorkel tour with Paul
& Kailee. This was the best tour of our vacation, I wanted to take the
time to Thank them for a great time.
Bill and Gayle Buck
A note of thanks to Paul Foti who took on the
best tour we had on the Island last week. We went on the Kauai Backroads 4
wheel drive adventure last Thursday. It was so much better than
anticipated and included much more than we expected. It was nice to have a
"better than hoped for" adventure.
Our family of 5 adults took the 1/2 day Backroads
tour. Our guide was Paul Miranda and he was terrific. He has a great sense
of humor, and is very knowledgeable about local history, plants and
animals. The ride is a little bumpy - but totally worth it! The views are
spectacular from the top of the crater, and the drive through the tunnel
was very exciting. Snacks were provided, including water and fresh fruit,
at a beautiful beach setting. All in all, a great way to spend the
morning, you will see parts of Kauai you won't see in your rental car!
Santa Maria, California on Trip Advisor
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed
our tours this past week with Paul. My husband went on both the Backroads
and the Rainforest tours. Paul is so knowledgeable and made it very
interesting. I loved all of the Hawaii history he told us about and the
information about birds, plants and other animals. (he is even an expert
on digital cameras! That guy is a great asset to your company!) I
especially enjoyed his funny sense of humor and how he made us all feel so
comftable. Thanks again for a trip so memorable.
Holly Hungett and Peter Schneider
Mike and I would like to thank you again for the
wonderful day you (Paul Foti) provided during our stay in Kauai....We are
so greatful that you helped us create memories that will last a lifetime.
Heather & Mike
Please accept our sincerest thanks for the great
adventure we had with you on the SeaFun snorkel on the 14th.
Tom& Robin Smith
On June 19 we had the pleasure of taking the 4x4
Adventure Tour with Paul Miranda. There were just four of us on the tour,
but we had a great time. Paul is a great asset to your company. His
knowledge, personality, sense of humor and sound effects meld together to
create a "wonder what's going to happen next" environment loaded
with laughs. The tour was well worth the money and we've recommended it to
everyone we've talked with about Hawaii
Jim & Betty Elgin, Bob & Sally Elgin
We took your Backroads tour last week with Paul
Miranda and it was SO MUCH FUN! He is a wonderful asset to your staff.
Just a little feed back on your tours, we had
Paul as our tour guide and he is wonderful, we had a great time. ( Kauai
A great and fun and personable tour company. You
might check out Aloha Kauai Tours. They are great, aand offer different
types of tours to suit your individual taste. No Rushing about.
Comfortable air conditioned vans, ( not large busses ) and lots of humor,
and good feelings, as well as great information. And, what we feel is
important, they have a deep feeling for the Island, and the spirit of
Kauai. If you get the chance, please check them out on the web, and maybe
give them a call, and talk with them personally. Found them to be great
owners, and they have a marvelous and friendly crew. Wonderful experience
Denny, Destination Expert for Kauai on Trip
Just wanted to say what a good time we had on the
Rainforest Tour. Paul did an excellent job as our tour guide. Great trip
that my wife and I enjoyed.
Aloha. We would like to highly praise our
Backroads Adventure on 6/11/09. Paul Foti was truly an outstanding tour
guide. His knowledge of the Island, sense of humor, and aim to please our
tour group are a rare combination. He is a real gem.!
Eddi & Paul Pelton
Thank you for an exciting excursion. Sale' and
Tanya were fantastic guides. I had never been snorkeling before our trip
to Hawaii. It was all I hoped it would be.
We were greeted warmly, the instructions were
easy to follow and understand, our gear was fitted properly and was clean
and in perfect condition.
... The quality, knowledge and enthusiasm of your
guides ... made the trip very enjoyable.
I just wanted to follow up with you. We did your
Rainforest Tour on May 18th with Paul Miranda. Although I think it was
more of a walk than a hike we completely enjoyed our trip. He made the
trip so much fun. ... It was a trip that will stay with us for years to
come. ... Thanks so much for this great adventure.
This is a first for us. We were so pleased with
your 4 X 4 Backroads tour that we decided to write and tell you so. After
several tours that were so-so during our cruise, we were suprised and
delighted to have experienced this amazing tour with Paul Miranda. Besides
the awsome scenery, he made it a fun learning experience with
knowledgeable commentary throughout the tour - not to mention entertaining
us the whole time. He's really very talented. You're lucky to have him and
we were lucky to have him as our guide.
Tom & Marie Jervis
We are REALLY glad that we took your snorkel tour
today. Paul Miranda could not have done a better job. He was engaging and
funny - mostly he knew the ocean and it's critters like the back of his
hand. We felt secure and safe; he also took us to where the fish - the sea
turtles - and the octopus - and the textile cone - were. His love for the
Island and the sea inhabitants came through. We tahnk him for sharing his
world with us, and we thank you for hiring such professionals.
Sam & Christine Taylor
We made it home safe to... after our Golden
Princess Cruise. I would like to thank you and your crew once again as it
was the best experience I have ever had on a snorkel adventure. .... You
and your crew were great at keeping an eye on all of us and were a huge
part of making this a wonderful experience.... Thank you once again for
the experience of a lifetime.
Pat & Andy Ker
We enjoyed a fantastic tour yesterday, credit to
Paul Miranda. His knowledge and commitment astounding, a great guide you
should be proud of.
Glenn and Sylvia Marshall
Thank you to the trio that led the SeaFun Beach
Snorkel on 2/26/09. They were extremely helpful. Kailee was especially
good with assistance into the water, while in the water, and then exiting
the water and beach. My husband, Gerald, has loved to snorkel but, due to
the removal of a brain tumor, he lost physical and personality traits that
he has enjoyed all his life. He was adamant about wanting to snorkel again
and Kailee made that possible while watching after two small girls and our
friends who were novice at snorkeling. It was a great morning.
Pat & Gerald Thompson
Last Friday, my organization had the opportunity
to take the "Backroads" Tour. It was fantastic. Not only did we
get to see some terrific sights, but our guide, Jack, made the tour a
learning delight. We are a group of managers who literally travel the
world in our jobs... We have been on so many tours, some of us can give
the tour information ourselves.
Never before have I encountered a guide as
knowledgeable and as interesting as Jack. He is truly an exceptional part
of your company.
William F. Cobb, Chairman, North America
You have a fabulous treasure in Paul. When humor
and fun is used as a tool for learning, wonderful things can happen.
Mary Staykow McClelland
This was a day we will ALWAYS remember! Such fun!
Education pleasurably experienced! Tanya and Sale' are skilled at their
task. They enjoy what they do so heartily, all their guests have a
wonderful time! We can't remember when we've has such a terrific day. If
we come back, we'll sure book Aloha Kauai Tours again.
J & M Sweeney, aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines,
Pride of America
We were recently traveling on the Carnival Spirit
and took one of your tours. Our tour guide was Paul. He was absolutely
fantastic! He had us entertained and laughing the whole day. We
highly recommend your tours!
Dawn & Ron Shepard
Both Sam and I want to thank you for the extra
effort you put into our snorkeling trip last Friday, helping me relax
enough to thoroughly enjoy the adventure I might have missed had I given
up. You were right, by trusting you, within 10 minutes I was able to get
my face in the water and see all there was to see.
Sam and Donna Rodwell
We went snorkeling with SeaFun Kauai on July 19th
and not a day goes by that I don't think about that great experience.
Huge kudos to Sale' and Tanya for a fantastic day
of snorkeling. My almost 16 year old son pronounced it, " an awesome
day." and you know how hard it is to impress someone that age!
Just wanted to let you know that our snorkeling
trip with Kailee and Paul was phenomenal! They were funny, knowledgeable
and attentive! I would pay to see Paul in a comedy club. We had the best
time! Kailee was so helpful with my nervous child. Kailee's love of
snorkeling was contagious.
We want to thank you for a remarkable Rainforest
tour on June 9th, 2008. This was about our 8th visit to Kauai, and the
drive and short hike to the rainforest was one of the best things we have
done there. Paul was a fantastic guide! We not only learned a great deal
about the flora and fauna, but also some interesting history of the Island
and it's people. I believe everyone in our group loved every minute.
Thank you Paul for the great 4X4 Backroads tour
yesterday. We all four enjoyed it.
Dave Metcalfe, Victoria BC
We just got home from our Hawaii cruise on the
Diamond Princess and wanted to let you know what a great time we had on
your snorkel tour. Both my wife and I are well seasoned divers and had the
privilege with spending time with many good guides. But without any doubts
Paul Miranda and his crew are the best, give the boys a pat on the back,
they made our vacation awesome.
Dennis & Nadine Cloud
Last Friday, my organization had the opportunity
to take the "Backroads" Tour. It was fantastic. Not only did we
have the opportunity to see some terrific sights, but our guide, Jack,
made the tour a learning delight. We are a group of managers who literally
travel the world in our jobs... Never before have I encountered a guide as
knowledgeable as Jack. He is truly an exceptional part of your
|2/15/06 SeaFun Kauai Tour
We wanted to write and tell you that we had an
exceptionally good experience on our Jan. 30th snorkeling tour with Tanya
and Charlie. Jim is a very poor swimmer and they took the extra time and
safety measures to insure he would have a great time...
Jim and Colleen Nieman
|10/27/05 Kauai Backroads Tour
We did the Backroads tour with Paul as our
guide... He was fantastic, very knowledgeable, good with guests and talked
the whole trip.
|5/09/05 Rainforest Tour (With Doug)
The hike Myra and I took with you was by far and
away the highlight of our trip. We wanted to take this opportunity to
thank you for your hospitality and acknowledge your keen insights into the
sociologic, biologic and geologic points of interest... Thanks for making
our visit to your island unforgettable.
Anita and Wes Jones
|10/27/05 Aloha Kauai Tour
We just had a guest come to the desk tonight to
say how wonderful Tanya and Charlie conducted the tour today. The direct
quote says, "Tanya and Charlie made this tour. Their knowledge of the
area and friendly manner were great. They made the day fun."
Mahalo for all your great work!
Dana M. Anderson, Shore Excursion Staff, MV Pride
of America, NCL
|2/16/06 SeaFun Tour
Just wanted to drop a note to say a personal
thanks to Manu and Paul for a marvelous time when I learned to snorkel on
Kauai. They were excellent guides/teachers, and I had a terrific time.
|9/13/05 Kauai Backroads Tour
....I wanted to let you know what a great tour my
son and I had with Rick Castillo when taking the Backroads of Kauai
tour...I lived in Hawaii in the 70's and have been to Kauai several times
but the tour we had was the most memorable of all. Rick certainly put
everything he had into it. It was well worth the price and then some!
Lindalouise and John Stephen De Mattei
|9/29/05 Aloha Kauai Tour
Two guests today came back to our desk to say
that the tour was the best they had ever been on and they have been on
dozens over years of cruising. They said their guides, Rick and Charlie,
were phenomenal and more informative than they could have hoped for and
that every minute was thoroughly enjoyable.
Derek Brown, Shore Excursion Manager, MV Pride of
|11/13/05 SeaFun Kauai Tour
Today my wife and I took a beach snorkel tour. We
were cruising the Islands aboard the Celebrity ship Infinity....Kailee,
Melissa and Nestor were fantastic, they made this part of our trip most
memorable. My wife suffered a spinal cord injury 5 years ago...but because
of the caring and professional guides she had the best time of her life...
John and Heidi Strohm
|8/30/05 Aloha Kauai Tour and SeaFun
Thanks to all from Fiona and I for helping make
our visit to Kauai a super fun time. Our first day with Charlie as our
guide/driver was outstanding....Our second day was with Tanya on SeaFun
and the snorkeling team was outstanding. My 3 young boys loved seeing all
the fish and the second snorkel for the turtles was accomplished
perfectly. We not only got to see turtles but also felt like we were
always managed with safety as the first priority.
Thanks to all your team for making Kauai a great
finale to our Hawaiian cruise. We will certainly recommend Aloha Kauai
Tours as the premier tour company on Kauai...
Tom Milligan and family