The Hawai’i Dream – Bobbie

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 Bobbie, what the Spirit of Aloha means to her, as well as some of her favorite things to do, see, and eat on the islands of Hawai’i.

Aloha, Bobbie! How long have you been a member of the Poly Ad Ohana?
Aloha! I am a dispatcher here at PolyAd. I have been with the PolyAd Ohana since May of 2006. I have been assigned to many different areas of working here at this wonderful company and have loved it.

Wow you’ve been a part of our Ohana for a long time Bobbie! We’re so glad you enjoy it here but besides us! What are some of your favorite things about Hawai’i?

I have always dreamed of living in Hawai’i since I was a very young girl on the East Coast. So now that I have been here on the island more than half my life, I love almost everything ‘about Hawai’i. The sound of the surf, the aroma of all the different flowers that grow here… I also love the people in the island and how they make you feel, as if you are part of their Ohana as well.

A school of raccoon butterflyfish outside First Cathedral off the coast of Lāna‘i, Hawai'i.

How would you describe the Spirit of Aloha ?

The Aloha Spirit is the welcome you receive when you enter a place. It is the little kindnesses that are shown by helping someone who needs information, directions or just taking the time to talk story with someone that is lonely.

gold robed king kamehameha statue in front of iolani palace in honolulu

What is your favorite off the beaten path place to enjoy?
I really enjoy going to the Billfish Bar & Grill at the King Kamehameha Hotel; the atmosphere, its proximity to the ocean, the people that work there, also the food & guests that always visit there. It is just a really fun place to hang out and spend some time with your loved ones – your family or your friends. Sometimes they have live music there too, which only adds to the experience.

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