The guide was great. We had Kimo and we actually met him on the plane to Lihue. He told us where he worked and we checked at the Pono Kai when we got there. My daughter won a buy one get one free Ali'i Kayak tour at the island orientation at the Pono Kai. That made a good deal even better.
You don' t have to be an athlete to do this tour but you do have to do some hiking on muddy tails and do some paddling against the rivers current.