Touching the Hand of God – Shirley Santos

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 Shirley Santos, what the Spirit of Aloha means to her, as well as some of her favorite things about Oahu.

Hi, Shirley! 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?
The drive as you make your way to the Tetsuo Harano Tunnel (H3) via Kaneohe on any given day. You see all the greenery your eyes can possibly take and it always makes me think “…this is raw beauty – no filter needed”. As you ascend and make your way to the entrance of the tunnel you can not help but think how small the tunnel entrance is juxtaposed to “just that 1 portion” the Koolau mountain. It’s man touching the hand of God.

plane flying close to shoreline of beach with palm trees and water crashing in the foreground

How would you describe the Spirit of Aloha to someone who is unfamiliar with the concept?
It’s a feeling- a self gratifying feeling when you do the right thing, at the right time and mean it.

What is your favorite local food? Where is the best place to eat it or to buy it?
If you’re in Hawai’i you have to try the Mango Shoyu Ice Cream at 8½ Desserts inside the Windward Mall.

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