Monthly Archives: September 2013

Recipe Corner— Oyster Sauce Chicken Wings

Oyster Sauce Chicken Wings
2 pounds chicken wings
2 scallions, chopped
4 thin slices fresh ginger
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil

1/2 cup oyster sauce
1 tbsp sherry
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Heat 3 tbsps oil in a heavy casserole over medium flame. Add scallions and ginger and sizzle for 30 seconds. Add chicken wings and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the sauce and bring to a
boil. Cover pot, lower flame and simmer
for one hour. Stir every 10 minutes to
prevent sticking.

Polynesian Adventure Tours: Hilo Station enjoys soulful day

As we all know, Hilo’s such a rainy old town. But not on Sunday, June 23. The PolyAd Hilo ohana spent the day at their “pavilions” at Onekahakaha Beach Park under endless blue sunny skies.

Our grill master cooked up hot dogs, burgers, ribs, sausages and chicken and the team brought their favorites including salads, pasta, ham, sushi, poke, desserts and Ululani Best’s ono banana bread!

The kids had a water balloon fight as we all sat and enjoyed their energy and each other’s company. We agreed that we got to do this at least twice a year. It’s good for the “soul.”


Meet with Paradise Cove


Our meeting with the Paradise Cove Executives (left to right, Keith Horita- Owner/President Paradise Cove, Sara Matsuura – Sales Manager, Brandon Briggs – Managing Director, Jamie Barut – Director of Charter Operations, JoAnn Bayne – Director of Sales Paradise Cove, Glenn Kawamura – CFO, Norman Kaneshige – VP Sales & Marketing Paradise Cove, and Frank Among – VP Sales & Marketing).

Hawaii Food Bank ~ Food Drive Results

PolyAd’s generous employees collectively donated over 900 lbs of food in May 2013. Below are the results by stations and the winners of each station’s raffle gift cards.

Oahu: 442.6 pounds—Raffle gift card winner: Yew Siu
Maui: 298.0 pounds—Raffle gift card winner: Cheryl Asami
Kauai: 103.0 pounds– Raffle gift card winner: Nalani Taylor
Kona: 15.0 pounds– Raffle gift card winner: Bobbie Koanui
Hilo: 58.1 pounds– Raffle gift card winner: Loren Ayresman

Total donation collected: 916.7 pounds of food to support the Hawaii Food Bank. Mahalo PolyAd employees!


Maui Station showing a few of the 298 pounds of food collected in May to support the Hawaii Food Bank. Pictured from L-R: Duane Asami, Della Lampkin and Ellen Yap. Ellen is in charge of the Food Bank program on a year round basis for the Maui station.

Spotlight on partners: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The quarterly newsletter will spotlight, in a series of articles, some of PolyAd’s most important partners and attractions. This quarter, we spotlight Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The center-piece of our H2 tour, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is serviced by our Hilo branch.

The Park was established in 1916 and is considered a United States National Park. The Park encompasses two active volcanoes: Kilauea (one of the world’s most active volcanoes) and Mauna Loa (the world’s most massive volcano).

Encompassing 323,431 aces, the climates range from lush tropical rain forests to the arid and barren Ka’u Desert.

Kilauea and its Halema’uma’u caldera were traditionally considered the sacred home of the volcano goddess Pele. Hawaiians visited the crater to offer gifts to the goddess. In 1790, a party of warriors were caught in an unusually violent eruption. Many were killed and others left footprints in the lava that can still be seen today. Today, it is one of the most visited attractions in Hawaii. In 2012 alone, the Park saw 1,483,928 visitors.

Polynesian Cultural Center – Alii Luau Package : Polynesian Adventure Hawaii Tours & Activities – GrayLine Hawaii

With the Alii Luau Package you create your own tour as you explore the island villages at your own pace. With so much to see, don’t forget to make time to enjoy the IMAX Theater, take a canoe tour, or the Laie tram tour.


You’ll witness the traditional uncovering of the imu (underground oven) where the main entree, kalua puaa (roast pig), has been cooking most of the day. Your dining option features a luau where you’ll receive a flower lei greeting and be treated to Hawaiian music and other exciting entertainment.

Polyad to introduce 8 new Volvo MCs into fleet

According to VP of Operations, Bill Meehan, Polyad is expected to place into service eight new or late model Volvo motor coaches by the end of September. “This is an exciting time for everyone, especially as we head into our busy sea-son.” said Meehan. The motor coaches will be from Volvo’s 9700 model series and will consist of one used 2009 Volvo, two 2011 Volvo demos and five brand new 2013 Volvos. The Volvo 9700 offers many features in-cluding a comfortable and convenient driver’s area. The seat is perfectly shaped and equipped with suspension and other functions. The passenger seats feature an original design by Volvo, with the best materials to provide passengers with comfort that is second to none.



The new buses will also feature an 11-litre Euro 6 engine which combines strength, reliability and economy. Additional characteristics to these buses are its long service intervals and safety. The service intervals are long, due to the durability of the mechanical design. Powerful brakes and electronic brake force distribution allows for safer driv-ing. “These are the safest motor coaches on the road,” said Meehan. “Safety was very important in our decision making for both our drivers and customers.” Fleet Manager Guillermo Colon was heavily involved in the selection of all new vehicles. Drivers are protected by Volvo’s safety systems—Front Impact Protection and Knee Impact Protection System.


In the event of a frontal collision, the system, helps to protect other vehicles involved. Of special note, Polyad will be the first in Hawaii to own Volvo motor coaches. Initially, all eight motor coaches will be used and tested on Oahu. This is for training and consolidation of new Volvo-specific inventory. In the meantime, the Maui, Kauai, Kona, and Hilo branches will start to see the transfer of newer Van Hool motor coaches from Oahu for use in their respective operations. In addition to the eight motor coaches, Polyad is also expected to receive eight new 2013 El Dorado mini buses by the end of September. Of the eight, three will be going to Maui, two to Kauai, two to Oahu and one to Kona.