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Vegan Eats & Hawaii Treats – Lynley Minamoto

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 our wonderful Department Manager, Lynley Minamoto what the Spirit of Aloha means to her, as well as some of her favorite things about Oahu & Hawaii.

Hi, Lynley! How long have you been here with us at Poly Ad?
Hi Guys! I’ve been a proud member of the Poly Ad Ohana for 5+ years – currently working as the Department Manager for Oahu & Online Sales.

That’s wonderful! So Lynley, what is your favorite thing about Hawaii?
My favorite thing about Hawaii is the wonderful people who live here. There is a certain feeling of camaraderie and belonging that “local” people have which is most apparent when one leaves Hawaii (if only for a short trip) and encounters another “local” away from home. It seems like we have a sixth sense for identifying those who have lived or live in the islands and we instantly bond with each other.

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

Simple Joy vegan restaurant – a small hole in the wall eatery that serves delicious “meat alternative” dishes is my favorite “off the beaten path” place to enjoy. It’s a small ‘hole-in-the-wall’ place in the Makiki area with limited parking; but it has such a comforting ambiance and some of the best vegan food on the island.

Yellow hibiscus near Rainbow falls

How would you describe the Spirit of Aloha?
I would describe the Spirit of Aloha as that feeling when you meet someone for the first time and you are made to feel truly welcome and at ease while talking with them. Local people embrace all visitors and make them feel comfortable and truly welcome.

What is your favorite Hawaiian story/legend?
I love a good ghost story and Hawaii legends and stories that include “supernatural” elements are my favorite.

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