Mahalo for The Ride – Taryn Courtney-Bell

The Spirit of Aloha

The word “aloha” is the most recognized of all Hawaiian words. In its simplest use, it means “hello”, “welcome”, or “goodbye”. But the word, to many Hawaiians, can also be used to convey a much deeper and richer feeling, one that encapsulates a way of living, being, and most of all, treating others. This Spirit of Aloha inspires us to do what we do and influences every facet of every tour we offer at Polynesian Adventure Activities.

We wanted to delve further into this particular meaning of Aloha, so we asked Taryn Courtney-Bell, what the Spirit of Aloha means to her, as well as some of her favorite things about Oahu.

Hi, Taryn! How long have you been here with us at Poly Ad and what’s your role here?
My role at PolyAd is call center agent. Answering telephones, booking tours and Luau Kalamaku directly, through agent, or through internet bookings. I have been a member for less than a month. 

What is your favorite thing about Hawai’i?
Waking up to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach shores, sounds of the palm trees on windy or breezy days, the smell and the feeling of the cool ocean mist when the swells are up and the waves are pounding.

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What does the Spirit of Aloha mean to you?

Aloha spirit can be shown in many different ways, some ways I show aloha spirit is ALWAYS saying thank you (Mahalo). Always respecting my elders by calling them auntie or uncle. Saying Hi to everyone we pass, even if it’s in the store, streets, mall, wherever! Even if we don’t know them.

What is your favorite Hawaiian movie?
My favorite Hawaiian movie is “The Ride” which was about Duke Kahanamoku, and features the first hotel in Waikiki: The Moana Surfrider. I won’t spoil it by saying what its about, but if you haven’t seen it, you should watch it.

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