Mauka Makai Adventures specializes in small group and private Big Island tours offering a personalized Hawaii experience.

Mauka Makai Adventures is a local family owned and operated business based out of Hilo, Hawaii.  We are fully insured and meet all State of Hawaii tour operator licensing requirements.  We take pride in being a certified guide for the Volcano National Park.

All of our tours operate out of Hilo with the exception of our Kona Coast and Ancient Kohala tours which also operate out of Kailua-Kona.  We provide transportation from Hilo Harbor, Kailua-Kona pier, Hilo Airport and most Hilo hotels.

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Your local guides, Josh and Jill Grotkin, were born and raised in Hawaii and have many years of experience working in the tourism industry and public service sector. We pride ourselves on the local experience, leveraging our background to bring you to some of the islands most beautiful locations off the beaten path.

We radiate the aloha spirit and are eager to share with you much about the history, culture and environment of Hawaii Island. Our goal is to provide you with the tour you desire. From the waterfalls of the Waipio valley, to the lava fields of Kilauea, we will go at your pace and if there is a stop you’d like to make along the way, we will do it!

By choosing Mauka Makai Adventures, you are supporting a local, sustainable business that respects the land and culture that our family is a part of!

HEA Certification Logo Blue CERTIFIED 2019


Malama 'Aina: " To Care for the Land"


Mauka Makai Adventures promotes the sustainability of our island environment and community.  Our certified guides are committed to protecting and preserving the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i.  Our goal is to immerse and educate each and every guest in the Hawaiian culture, share with them the history of the islands, and the beauty of our natural environment.

Mauka Makai Adventures is certified as a Sustainable Tour Operator by the Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association.  We support other Hawai‘i Island small businesses by providing locally produced items on our tours.  We take pride in our community by supporting local organizations and participate in conservation events around the island, giving back to both our island ‘ohana and the ‘aina.

For more information on Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association, visit www.hawaiiecotourism.org


We are open and operating tours safely.

The eruption in the remote lower Puna area has ceased and there is no active lava flow at this time. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened with access to most areas.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
(Status of Active Hawaii Volcanoes)

Join us on a Volcano Adventure to witness the recent changes to the landscape of Kilauea volcano on a cataclysmic scale!

Need Help Deciding Where to Go?

That's OK! We can help plan your perfect Hawaii adventure with our local guides and expertise!