Celebrating 40 Years of Tours & Transportation Services in Hawai’i

2017 marks the 40th anniversary year for Polynesian Adventure Tours, the leading provider of unique tour experiences and high quality transportation services in the Hawaiian Islands. Polynesian Adventure Tours (Poly Ad) began in 1977 with three employees and four fifteen passenger vans and grew to become one of Hawai’i’s largest, internationally recognized transportation company. Founders Bob George and Don Brown established Poly Ad’s home base at the Waikiki Surf hotel and operated a few Oahu tours utilizing drivers as tour guides, who provided live narration. The first tours included the Oahu Circle Island and Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl excursions which remain in operation and continue to be among Poly Ad’s most popular tours. The Circle Island tour included beach picnics where guests were provided with snorkeling equipment. In 1987, Poly Ad’s Maui, Kauai, Kona and Hilo Stations opened, initially to support Neighbor Island Day Trips from Oahu and later island-specific land tours were introduced. 1988, Poly was awarded the contract for Pineapple Transit, a shuttle service from Waikiki to Dole Cannery. In the early 2000s, Poly Ad began offering charter services for large groups like the SAP and Lions Annual Conventions. Norwegian Cruise Line acquired Poly Ad in 2004 in order to service its shore excursion requirements throughout its port calls state-wide. Backed by the strength of NCL, Poly Ad further expanded its shore excursions enterprise for not only NCL, but all other major cruise lines that visit Hawai’i. Since its founding by Bob George and Don Brown in 1977 up to the present, Poly Ad has sought to deliver services that are relevant, progressive, and valued by its customers. From the innovative concept of using specially-trained drivers as narrators and guides, to its expansive role as a shore excursion provider for the cruise industry, to developing a broad array of appealing sightseeing tours, and cultivating its reputation as a top charter operator with excellent drivers and a legendary group team. 40th_Anniversary _Logo-WorkingOver the past 40 years, Poly Ad has made a meaningful contribution to Hawai’i’s visitor industry and is a vibrant company full of great memories, truly great people, and with a very confident view toward the future. Company President, Sandra Weir remarked: “Poly Ad has sought to meet the needs of its customers – and in doing developed the skills, company culture, and expertise necessary to succeed – all in the spirit of aloha.”

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