Wailea Known for its five beautiful, crescent-shaped beaches and stellar golf courses, Wailea is a luxurious resort community in South Maui that spans 1,500 acres of land with staggering ocean views. https://www.gohawaii.com/islands/maui


With Love and Aloha: 



All Hands On Deck For Project #MDFDEFriendshipMerciTrain70, HAWAI’I!

“(…) Most of this food came from very humble people.  In Hawaii, the people contributed a total of eight cents apiece but their contribution totaled two carloads of sugar which is six European boxcars.”

Drew Pearson “Note to French President Vincent Auriol” 12/22/1947 


So, Just Like Your Parents and Grand Parents did in 1947,


Let’s Get Ready To Get On Board MAUI and the entire State


Got HUGE #MDFDEFriendshipMerciTrain70 Plans In The

Works… Just For YOU! Wait & See, Hawai’i! E.J.






© The Official French-American Project entirely conceived by Ms. Elisabeth JENSSEN to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Friendship Train and the Merci Train (2017- 2019). All rights reserved.

Chair, Elisabeth Jenssen Co-Chair, Tyler Abell

Honorary President: The Comte Gilbert de Pusy La Fayette

Contact: elisabeth.jenssen@francaisdeletranger.org

Scoop: (Not included and that’s ok) in the 2017 tourism results (see below) announced last week in New York City, Home of Lady Liberty… E.J.


Best Tour Guide & Guided Tour on Maui (year after year): My dear friend Pono Fried (Pono parle aussi le français): Just tell Pono I sent you! Elisabeth Jenssen


For Great Tours Daily 

PO Box 324
Makawao, Hawaii 96768

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Email: openeyetours@gmail.com



After extensive research for the “right way” to see and learn about Maui, we found Pono Fried-Open Eye Tours. Our first experience with Pono was his extensive pre-tour communication. He regularly emailed us asking about our interests, likes/dislikes, areas we’d like to see. He is organized, super bright and well travelled allowing us to have a customized trip to the areas we wanted to see. When planning our day Pono also gave us realistic guidelines so we spent most of our time touring specific areas without spending too much time driving on the road. When we met Pono he was everything we had hoped for and more; kind, thoughtful, ready to show us Maui. We spent an entire day with Pono as he expertly guided us through the areas that are not on the typical guide maps. Without giving away the specifics of our tour, Pono took us to exquisite, tucked away areas of Maui. Pono’s best gift is his ability to provide Hawaiian history, legend and folklore.

He is a masterful storyteller and, quite honestly, his ability to expertly deliver this art form is what makes his tour 5 star-plus. It would be impossible for any visitor to know the history and lore of Maui like Pono does. His 30+ year experience in Maui is matchless. Hearing the stories of the ancestors of Maui, the history of the island’s creation and the current struggles and pleasures of the island is invaluable from Pono.

There is so much to tell you about our day with Pono but he customizes each tour for your interests, wishes and wants. Suffice it to say that this master storyteller will show you and share Maui in a way that is truly spectacular. If you want to make good use of your limited time here, we highly recommend that you experience Maui through Pono Fried. Thank you for an awesome day Pono! Mahalo nui loa! R & A (NY)


Maui wins best Hawaiian Island and Hawaii wins best state at the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choicer Awards!


Travel Weekly honors winners of 2017 awards

Best in Destinations

  • Africa: South Africa
  • Asia/Pacific: Australia
  • Canada: Vancouver
  • Caribbean: Aruba
  • Central/South America: Costa Rica
  • Europe: Ireland

Hawaii: Maui

  • Mexico: Riviera Maya

U.S. State: Hawaii

  • U.S. City: Las Vegas


NEW YORK — Travel Weekly on Thursday unveiled the winners of the 15th annual Readers Choice Awards during a black-tie gala dinner at the Conrad New York here. The winners, in 77 categories ranging from hotels to tours to airlines to GDSs to cruise lines, represent the best of the best in travel.

In addition to the winners, Dan Sullivan, president and CEO of Collette, was honored at the event with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

For the entire list of Readers Choice Awards finalists, click here.

Links: http://www.travelweekly.com/ReadersChoice2017/Travel-Weekly-honors-winners-of-2017-awards


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