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Makapu’u Beach & Why There’s No Place Like Hawaii – Nadine Sylva

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 Nadine Sylva, one of our resident Charter Sales Specialists what the Spirit of Aloha means to her, as well as some of her favorite things to do, see, and eat on Oahu.

Hi, Nadine! What is your role here at Poly Ad?
I am a Charter Sales Specialist for Poly Ad!

What is your favorite thing about Hawaii?

I love that we are a unique community. There is no other place like ours. Hawaii is a diverse melting pot of all things great, we each make the islands that much more special in our own way.

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How would you describe the Spirit of Aloha?

It’s not something you can describe… it is something that needs to be expressed and shared in order to understand it. The Aloha Spirit is showing one’s love, respect, and humility for others and embracing them into our home – Hawaii.

What is your favorite “off the beaten path” place to enjoy in Hawaii?
I love to go sit and relax at Makapu’u Beach. It’s just so breathtaking and soothing – the sounds of the water crashing on the rocks, coupled with the wind whistling in the air… its my sanctuary, my special place.

What is your favorite local food?
My absolute favorite has to be Poke! Spicy ahi or Hawaiian style are my favorites. I go to Young’s Fish Market on Oahu – their Hawaiian-style Poke is, oh my goodness, it’s so ono!

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