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Shark gods & Tasty Crust – Tina Rodrigues

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 Tina Rodrigues, 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 Hawaii.

Hi, Tina! How long have you been a member of the Poly Ad Ohana?
Hi! I’ve been with Poly Ad for 1 year and 5 months now!

What is your favorite thing about Hawaii?

My favorite thing about Hawaii is the “feeling” that surrounds me when you arrive on our islands. It is a feeling of peace, love, and tranquility- all at the same time. That “feeling” gives me a strong sense of place, knowing that Hawaii will forever be my home.

A beautiful sunset at a Luau in Hawaii - with canoe sitting on beach

What is your favorite Hawaiian story/legend?

My favorite Hawaiian legend is about the Kamohoali’i. Kamohoali’i was a kupua (demi-god/shapeshifter) He was also Pele’s brother. He navigated the first canoe from Tahiti to Hawaii. It is special to me because my ohana’s aumakua (family-god) is the Mano and our ancestral lineage dates back to Ka’auhelemoana, another shark god. Ka’auhelemoana means quick mover of the sea.

What is your favorite off the beaten path place to enjoy?
I have a few – but they’re all food related haha –
Tasty Crust on Maui for breakfast – especially the pancakes!
Sam Sato’s is also one of my go-to spots. Oh! When I am on Oahu I always make time to visit Gulick Deli! 

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