At first thought the job of a Hana tour guide looks like it would be a grueling one. The guides day starts at 5am at the tour van base yard. They load up the vans with iced coolers full of soda and water, do a checklist lookover of their vehicle and review the manifest of people they will be picking up that day. This is the beginning of a 14 hour day for them.
The tour has hotel pickup and drop off and the first pick up time for the west side of the island, which is about 30 to 40 minutes from the base yard, starts at 6:45 am. Since these vans only carry 12 passengers and most people come out on tour as couples, they are usually making about 5 to 6 pick ups before heading to breakfast. Arriving at about 7:30am for breakfast this tour begins the day at Maui Lani Country Club for a Hawaiian continental breakfast. It is a beautiful central Maui golf course with a great view of the West Maui mountains. As the guests enjoy breakfast and get acquainted with fellow passengers the guides check in with each other.