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Waimea Canyon & Kauai’s Best Saimin – Shailee Lingaton-Pilialoha

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 Shailee Lingaton-Pilialoha, one of our amazing Field Dispatchers, 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, Shailee! How long have you been a member of the Poly Ad Ohana?
I have been working at Poly Ad for one year.

What does the Aloha Spirit mean to you?
Well to me, the Aloha spirit is everyone makeing you feel at home –  no matter what. We love our ohana(family), We love everything we do, no one gets left behind or forgotten; whether you’re blood or not, family is family. We welcome you to come and visit our islands as we share the aloha spirit with you, and hope that its an experience you’ll never forget.

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What is your favorite "off the beaten path" place in Hawaii?

I enjoy all the beaches! Bull Shed Restaurant on Kauai is special to me and is a great place to eat. Waimea Canyon, while not technically “off the beaten path” is just one of the places you’ve got to see – don’t miss it when you come to Hawaii – it’s so worth it.

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What is your favorite Hawaiian story?
The story they portray at Luau Kalamaku is my favorite Hawaiian legend and story told through theater and dance.

What is your favorite local food? Where is the best place to eat it or to buy it??
Definitely Koloa Fish Market for Kalua pork and their Lau-lau Plate Lunch. If you’re looking for the best Saimin in Hawaii you have to go to Hamura Saimin, and everyone agrees that some of the best poke in Hawaii is from the Foodland in Kapa’a.

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