Monthly Archives: January 2014

Probowl Block Party

Saddle up ladies and gentlemen, the boys are back in town! The Probowl block party is one of the most anticipated festivities to hit the streets of Waikiki. Each year, the residents and guests of Oahu prepare to kick the year off just right. Hundreds of people march down the 1.3-mile stretch that is Kalakaua Avenue, just to take part in all the fun.

It was the perfect time to have the night off. We didn’t want to start our night with an empty stomach. Dinner at our favorite Japanese spot Gyu-Kaku, simply seemed like a no-brainer. Not only is the meal is affordable, it is of great quality as well! The atmosphere is great and it’s just a fun place to eat at.

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After inhaling all that food, we decided that we were missing out on all the fun and it was time to help everyone celebrate the infamous Probowl block party. The streets are bombarded by countless merchandise booths, food vendors and live performances on several stages.

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Even though my friends and I were pretty clueless about football, it was still exciting and fun to join in all the action. We roamed the streets, taking pictures of anything and everything. At the end of Kalakaua Avenue, we found ourselves standing in front of the main stage, dancing the night away.

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Kauai’s Waimea Canyon

This Kauai adventure tour will take you on a scenic trip around Waimea Canyon State Park. Waimea Canyon is over 10 miles long and over 3,000 feet deep and a mile wide, and is often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

The canyon was formed by erosion and the collapse of the volcano that formed the island of Kauai. This popular tourist attraction provides a wilderness area with many hiking trails and beautiful vistas and breathtaking views. The scenic drive along route 580 provides outstanding views of the Wailua River. We will make several 5-10 minutes stops for photo opportunities and restroom breaks providing for chances to stretch your legs and enjoy the natural beauty of the “Garden Isle.”

We will also visit Kauai’s “biggest little town”, Hanapepe Town. This little town was very busy during WWII and the 1950’s with GI’s and sailors training. This little town was also used as a location for many shows and films.

We continue our sightseeing adventure continues along the southern coast on our way to Poipu, a beautiful resort getaway and the home of the Spouting Horn. This natural wonder occurs when water rushes in under the lava shelf and bursts upward through a small hole in the surface.

As we conclude our scenic adventure tour, we head back to the Wailua River for your relaxing Wailua River Cruise (admission included)! This is the ONLY river boat trip in Hawaii! The trip up the historic river takes about 40 minutes one way on a long flat-bottom boat.

A Day in Kailua

If your idea of a good time includes fine dining, luxurious shopping, and a night of bar hopping, then you’ve come to the right place. Waikiki has become the ultimate destination for Oahu vacationers; it has everything and more! But if you’re looking to escape the constant hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Waikiki, I may just have the perfect place for you.

Within only a 30 minute drive from Waikiki, you can find yourself enjoying a beautiful day spent in turquoise water and dig your toes in white sand as fine as powdered sugar, a site completely unique only to this side of the island. Welcome to Kailua!

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After a very busy week of work, I undeniably needed a mini “staycation” away from town. My friends and I decided to spend the day away from our place in the city to visit the quiet town of Kailua. We bypassed the day bathing under the beautiful warm sun and swimming in the breath-taking waters of Kailua Beach. It has definitely become a favorite beach spot of mine.

After we exhausted a fun-filled day at the beach, we decided to roam the streets of Kailua Town. The town is buzzing with unique boutiques that embrace chic local styles and trendy restaurants, if you’re in the mood for some casual dining. We were starving so we stopped by this hip new Italian spot, called Prima. I absolutely loved the setting. The ash-blond wood tables and nicely molded plastic chairs gave the place a relaxed, casual atmosphere but with the exceptional service of a fine-dining restaurant. We shared the Pesto Caesars Pizza over a bottle of champagne. The restaurant allows customers to bring in their own alcoholic beverages so we bought our champagne from Foodland right next door. The food was reasonably priced and was nothing short of amazing!

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Overall, it was a great day and it provided me just the right amount of relaxation time a mini “staycation” can offer.

 

 

 

Standing on the U.S.S Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

Having worked for Polynesian Adventure Tours websites, I never fully understood the emotional feeling of visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Looking up all the information doesn’t compare to standing on the memorial over the water above the sunken U.S.S Arizona Battleship. Feel the loss of over 2,500 hundred american lives were lost and the anger in which how they were taken during peace talks with Japan.

This deeply moving moment will take you back to the emotion of the attack. The dramatic film footage will help you realize that many of Japanese people were told lies, that America started the attack. This is not true. America was attacked without warning.

After the Arizona Memorial visit, make your way over to the USS Battleship Memorial where the war ended with Japan’s surrender and signing of the peace treaty.

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Oahu Safety Tips/Waimea Bay


Hawaii’s Waimea Bay at North Shore is awe inspiring during the winter months with the very large swells that come in, however these conditions create a massive undertow and all but the experienced swimmers should excersise caution in the water during these times. The beach is a great destination stop for families and I have enjoyed the swimming and the tradition of jumping off the large rock in the Bay. This is one of the most popular spots for tourists on Oahu, and Polynesian Adventure tours will get you there in style and comfort.


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Ruth Chris and Our 1 Year Anniversary

We visited at the holiday Honolulu City Lights after taking the Polyad Double Decker tour around Honolulu. The night was clear and beautiful. Exactly one year ago we got married and had our celebration at the Kualoa Ranch at the Paliku Gardens, it was a beautiful celebration.

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After we walked around at the Holiday lights we swung over to the Ruth Chris location at Restaurant Row in Honolulu. This is the 2nd time we have been to Ruth Chris, the 1st time was a weekend get-a-way to Maui just before we saw the Ulalena Show.

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When I made the reservation the lady asked me if we were coming for any special occasion and I told her it was our 1 year anniversary. We didn’t wait long as they prepared our table with champagne glasses and roses fluttered around the table. They offered us a complimentary glass of champagne and my wife looked at me and asked if I planned all this. I smiled and told her this was all Ruth Chris.

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We ordered 2 delicious dinners; the Rib-eye with Blue Cheese crusted, and she had the Mint Lamb Chops and a side of Garlic Mashed potatoes. I had a corona to go with the Steak of Course.

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To top off this perfect evening and meal, they gave us complimentary strawberries on Fire dessert.

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Thank you Ruth Chris Restaurant’s of Hawaii.

Spotlight on partners: Road to Hana

This month, The Pride of PolyAd, will spotlight one of the Company’s most important tour offerings: the road to Hana.

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Hana, consisting of only a population of about 1,235 as of the 2010 census, is located at the eastern end of the island of Maui and is one of the most isolated communities in the State of Hawaii. It is reached mainly via the Hana Highway, a long, winding, 52mile long highway along Maui’s northern shore.

Hana was probably first settled between 500 and 800 AD by Polynesian people.
In 1946, the community saw the opening of the Ka’uiki Inn, today known as the Hotel Hana Maui, which helped transition the economy towards tourism.

The famous Hana Highway was completed in 1926. Originally paved with gravel, it provided the first land vehicle access to the town.

Hana has a total area of 11.7 square miles, of which 10.5 square miles is land and 1.2 square miles is water. Near Hana are natural areas and several swimming holes in the Haleakala National Park.
The climate is hot and wet year round, typical of a tropical rain-forest.

PolyAd currently offers the M2 and M2 Gold tours that takes guests through the winding road adventure leading to Hana. This tour is one of PolyAd’s most popular tour offering.

In 2012 alone, the M2 and M2 Gold tours brought 22,711 guests onto PolyAd mini buses for the ride to Hana. That guest count is well on its way to increasing in 2013. Through October 31, 2013, PolyAd has served 21,700 guests on these tours.

Oahu Circle Island Customer Testimonials: Sue Niccum from Crystal, Minnesota

Sue Niccum from Crystal, Minnesota
We went to Hawaii for our first time to celebrate of 25th wedding anniversary.

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Since we had never been there before and we wanted to see as much as possible in a short amount of time, we chose to do the tours of Road to Hana, Pearl Harbor and Honolulu and the Oahu Circle Island Tour.

We heard driving the Road to Hana is also known as the Road to Divorce. We didn’t want to take that chance :)

PolyAd Double Decker to appear in Two Parades

This Holiday Season, PolyAd will be represented in two Oahu Holiday Parades.
A Double Decker bus will be decked out in Holiday lights and a wreath. It’ll be featured in the Honolulu City Lights Parade on December 7 from 6-11pm as well as the Waikiki Parade on December 29 from 7-9pm.

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The Double Decker will be utilized all through-out December in the annual Honolulu City Lights Holiday Lights tour.

The Holiday Lights tour is currently scheduled to run from December 8, 2013-December 30, 2013.
For more information, contact Margie Lehman.