A Drive with a View – Patty Neece

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 Patty Neece what the Spirit of Aloha means to them as well as some of their favorite things to do, see, and eat on the Big Island.

Hi, Patty! How long have you been a member of the Poly Ad Ohana?
Aloha! I’ve been a dispatcher since 2010. I originally began working here for Poly Ad from 2010 to 2012 left and have been back since April of this year.

What is your favorite thing about Hawai’i?

Hands down -the views. It’s so much nicer to have mountain and ocean views along my drive to work instead of ugly advertisements, billboards and warehouses. I’ve always loved being close to the ocean and find watching the waves relaxing – the sound, the smell, everything just puts me at ease.

What is your favorite off the beaten path place to enjoy?

Welcoming visitors and being happy to share the things we love about the island.

What is your favorite local food?
Macadamia nut cream pie at Hana Hou in Na’alehu, followed closely by shave ice. I don’t think I’ve had bad shave ice anywhere, but I’m partial to Ululani’s in the Lanihau shopping center.

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