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Wondrous Hawaii: A Perfect Location

Orbiting around a star is a blue planet, i’ts heat source coming closer and farther away. While spinning on its own axis and spinning around its heat source a magical place stays the same temperature… Hawai’i.

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-So how is the temperature in Hawai’i? Well its always around 80 degrees during the day time. The real question is, is it raining or isn’t it. When most of the planet is getting snowed on, we have a rainy season. November through March we get the most rainfall, and the temperatures on certain higher altitudes on the islands can ready 65 degrees at night. But most of the time its paradise.

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During many months of the year Hawaii gets hit with Trade winds on the northern and eastern sides of the island. As the sun and rain combine almost everyday on certain parts of the island we are knows as the Rainbow State. As residents of the Hawaiian Islands we are humbled and blessed with our surroundings and take recycling and going green to heart. So please take care of our islands and we will return the kindness and consideration with Aloha.

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Our sea or kai the temperatures have a slight cooling off feeling but instantly used to it, you will be able to comfortably swim with our turtles on beaches like Hanauma Bay. One of the best places to go Snorkeling and enjoy the most beautiful beach on Oahu, that at one point was reserved for Royalty.

~ We openly share our paradise with our Ohana.

Employment Opportunities: January 2015

CDL Driver Training Program (Oahu, Maui) Interested in a new career? PolyAd is offering a CDL Driver Training Program. Get your CDL permit on your own, have an acceptable driver history and driver abstract, pass a PUC physical, have a clear criminal abstract and be able to pass a pre-employment drug test. PolyAd will pay you as you train, training takes 2-3 weeks.

CDL-B DRIVERS (Full-Time, Part-Time Oahu, Kona, Kauai) We are looking for full-time and part-time Drivers with CDL B licenses with passenger and air-brake endorsements to drive our fleet of motor coach vehicles. Applicants must provide their Driver Abstract and History Record.

MECHANIC (Full-Time Maui, Kauai) We have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Mechanic in Maui to assist in the inspection, service, and repair of the Company’s fleet of vehicles. They diagnose vehicle problems quickly, replace or repair faulty parts, perform routine maintenance, and restore each vehicle to its precise factory specifications. Qualified candidates should have at least three years of experience working in an automotive repair shop or related field. ASE/ICAR certification or Certificate of Completion from an accredited technical school is preferred. CDL B License and possession of own tools also preferred.

BASE DISPATCHER (Part-Time Maui) Come work for the company that provides the finest tour and charter bus service in the islands! Polynesian Adventure Tours is looking for a part-time Base Dispatcher to assist in our fleet operations. Some of the job duties include (but are not limited to) assigning vehicle units daily to our drivers, route management, updating tour information accurately, and reporting problems immediately to management. One year of customer service, administration, dispatch, and/or hospitality experience is required. Qualified applicants must be flexible to work as the station operates between 3:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. seven days a week, possess excellent communication and computer skills, and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

FIELD DISPATCHERS (Part-Time Oahu) Polynesian Adventure Tours is looking for quality individuals to join our field dispatch team. These positions are on a part-time basis. Applicants must be able to pass federal background security checks to access airport and harbor facilities. Strong communication skills, the ability to multi-task and maintain focus in a fast-paced work environment are essential. Exceptional customer service skills and teamwork are also requirements for this position. Applicants must be flexible as they are expected to work less than 20 hours a week in which shifts include early mornings and late evenings, weekends and holidays.

JAPANESE-ENGLISH SPEAKING ON BOARD AMBASSADOR (Part-Time) Polynesian Adventure Tours has an exciting opportunity for a full-time and part-time Japanese-English speaking on-board Ambassador to work on an ongoing private Charter. The Polynesian Adventure Tours Ambassador provides a superior level of customer service to passengers while ensuring their safety and well-being. The ideal candidate will be outgoing, a team player who enjoys the outdoors, meeting different people and is excited to share Hawaii’s beauty with our customers.

Be a part of the best tour and transportation team on Hawaii! We offer competitive salaries, advancement opportunities and a wide range of attractive benefits. Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans are part of our benefits. We offer a 401(k) with a generous company match! Paid training, paid vacation after one year, and cruise discounts are also offered to all our ohana. Our corporate office is located at 2880 Kilihau Street, Honolulu HI 96819. You may apply in person at any of our facilities during regular business hours or email your resume with salary requirements to the Human Resources Manager here!

Download application in a Microsoft Word Document. Download Driver application in Microsoft Word Document. If you wish to mail the application to our Human Resources office please send it to 2880 Kilihau Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819.

Aloha Tower

Today Aloha Tower is one of the most recognized buildings in Hawaii and ranks with Diamond Head as one of the most popular landmarks. It is easily recognizable along the waterfront area of Honolulu. Aloha Tower was completed back in 1926 at a cost of $190,000 and was the largest structure in Hawaii at that time. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard ordered the USCG Cutter Taney to take up defensive positions to keep the tower from being taken over and occupied. A little known fact is throughout the remainder of world war II the tower was repainted camouflage so it would be able to “disappear” during the night.

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Aloha tower stands a massive 184 feet tall with an additional 40 feet for its flag mast, it also boasts an observation deck on the tenth floor. Aloha Tower is located on Pier 9 at the waterfront and can be seen as a welcome beacon to vessels entering the City and County of Honolulu, just like the Statue of Liberty stands at Ellis Island. It was originally constructed as a lighthouse, and was attached to three warehouse buildings, one on each side. Today  Aloha Tower stands alone as a proud symbol of Honolulu’s new waterfront.

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Even today, Aloha tower continues to act as the Harbor Master’s traffic control center. The Hawaii Maritime Center was opened near aloha tower in 1982, in order to benefit Hawaii’s commercial trade industry that was based at Honolulu Harbor. Aloha tower is owned by the state of Hawaii and is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.

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The observation deck that is located on the tenth floor is open to the public and is free to access. Once you make your way up to the deck, vast sweeping views of Honolulu are available. There are even signs that help point out various landmarks that you are able to see from this area. The observation deck is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. I would highly recommend that you take the time to visit Aloha Tower and take advantage of the sweeping vistas, and take photos so you will be able to share with your family and friends. On New Year’s Eve Aloha Tower is the site of an amazing firework display each year.

Written by James Bredeson

Kapiolani Park

One of the most prominent parks on the island of Oahu, and is very popular among tourists and residents alike. Queen Kapiolani Park, which is commonly referred to as Kapiolani Park is located near Waikiki and Diamond Head. Kapiolani park is the largest and the oldest public park in Hawaii. The park was granted from royal lands and was the first public space on Oahu. This park is always busy and is a beautiful place to participate in any number of activities. Its convenient location makes it a perfect place to meet up with family and friends.

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The park got its name from the queen consort of King Kalakaua, Queen Kapiolani. Kapiolani park is a 300 acre open air park. As the park continues south it becomes Kapiolani Beach Park which is right next to Kuhio Beach and Waikiki Beach. The park is also a natural division between the Waikiki and Diamond Head neighborhoods. The park is also home to the Honolulu Zoo, and the Waikiki Shell. The area was originally a mix of swamp land and a dry plain that was not deemed suitable for building. King Kalakaua was trying to find an area for a horse racing course in the 1870′s and since Waikiki was popular with the wealthy racing fans he decided on the dry plain at the foot of Diamond Head where the park stands today. The park was dedicated on June 11, 1877 as the first public space on Oahu.

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The Kapiolani Park Association was a group of businessmen, including Scotsman Archibald Cleghorn, that convinced King Kalakaua to allow them to have a 30 year lease for $1 a year. Archibald Cleghorn was a Hawaiian citizen that married into Hawaiian Royalty and was later Vice President and President of the Kapiolani Park Association. He was responsible for planning the parks landscaping including the massive and majestic Ironwood trees. The money needed was raised by selling $50 shares of the association, in turn shareholders could then lease beachfront lots near the park. By the 1880′s many shareholders had built cottages on their lease space. The Honolulu Cricket Club received their lease in 1893 and many top cricket players from San Francisco’s California Cricket Association then played for some of the local teams. According to the Guinness Book of Records it is now the oldest sporting club in the Pacific, and the only cricket club in Hawaii.

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Upon the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, many of the cottages were privately owned. Most were later returned to the city or condemned. The land was then given over to the Republic of Hawaii, and was governed by the Honolulu Park Commission. Legislation was passed that set the land aside permanently as a free park and recreation grounds. Sale or lease of the was strictly forbidden as charging an entry fee to the park. Since 1913 the park has been maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City and County of Honolulu. The park has a large open green spaces, lily ponds, tennis and basketball courts, softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and rugby fields, as well as an archery range. Each year it is also host to many international rugby and lacrosse tournaments. The park is also a favorite for joggers who use its 2 mile circumference, and is also the start and finish point of road races in Honolulu including the Honolulu Marathon.

Written by James Bredeson

Honolulu Zoo

Even on vacation there is something special about checking out a zoo. Everyone seems to have a good time while visiting zoo’s especially the children. The Honolulu Zoo is part of Queen Kapiolani park and is the only zoo in the entire United States to be established by land grants from a reigning monarch. The land was originally considered a swampland, but in 1877 the marshes and lagoons were drained and Queen Kapiolani park was created in order to honor the queen consort to King Kalakaua. King Kalakaua used the park as a home for his personal collection of exotic birds and horses.

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The City and County of Honolulu appointed Ben Hollinger as the administrator of the Parks and Recreation in 1914. As the administrator the collection of animals at the park continued to grow with the additions of a monkey, a bear, and several lion cubs. Hee convinced the City and County to purchase an African elephant named Daisy in 1916 and with that addition Honolulu had a zoo.

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The zoo continued to expand its collection of animals by purchasing an elephant, a bactrian camel, sea lions, several species of birds, spider monkeys and a tortoise in 1949. Again in 1974 the zoo accepted donations of an elephant, a camel, chimpanzees and some deer. Later on in the 1990′s the layout of the zoo was changed to recreate more natural settings for the animals. The zoo continues to operate today and is enjoyed by more than 600,000 people a year.

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The museum hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm daily, and the admission fees are: Adults 13 and over $14.00, children 3-12 $6.00, the zoo also provides Kama’aina and military discounts with a valid ID. The zoo provides a nice change of pace from the usual sightseeing and allows you to see many different types of animals during your visit.

Written by James Bredeson

Off the beaten path on Oahu

Tucked away at the very end of Hau’ula Homestead Rd in Hau’ula, Oahu, HI is Hau’ula Loop Trail.  Best place to park for this?  Hau’ula Beach Park across the Kam highway.  Let’s see how many more times I can use Hau’ula.

Because it’s off the beaten path, this isn’t a very easy trail to find.  You literally walk down Hau’ula Homestead Rd right off the Kam highway to the end.  You second guess yourself because you eventually come to a yellow gate with no trail head sign and thick forested driveways on the left and right stating “Do Not Trespass” or “Private Property”.  For a split second you think you’re in the movie “Wrong Turn”. Although, the reality is you’re in paradise and if you walk past the yellow gate and straight ahead you’ll come to a very colorful box with the trail head sign right after.  Don’t ignore the colored box as inside there is a register for those that hike on the trail.

The trail itself is approximately a 2.5 loop up & down a mountain and you can either go left or right when you come to the fork.  It’s rather easy compared to other trails around the island with many flat areas.  Most of the trail is dense woods with some scenic views.  There are lots of strawberry guava trees, if you like to eat wild grown fruit.  If you haven’t tasted one of these before, do so or the fruit gods will be displeased.  It can get muddy and slippery in certain parts, so don’t wear your nice shoes and don’t rush over rocky areas as you can expect to slip.  You’ll come to 2 spots where it looks like there could be some cool waterfalls and small pools, but if it hasn’t recently rained they’ll look more like small trickles into uninviting clouded pools.

Bring bug spray & water.  Afterwards, go check out North Shore Tacos.  The food is really good and they have this pineapple smoothie that’s literally served in a full grown pineapple.

Written by Johann Moguel

Twas the night before Christmas…

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So as long as I have been here I have always enjoyed the Christmas time, while everyone else on the mainland is freezing cold I am enjoying some nicer weather and the Aloha spirit. I have recently found a local kine version of the popular poem ‘Twas the night before Chrismas. I do not know the original author and I thoroughly enjoyed this version. I apologize ahead of time if the proper credit is not given, however I just wanted to share this funny local take on a popular classic. Just as a heads up, no I probably don’t know whichever word you are actually asking about means. I jus one local kine haole, k brah?

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Was da night bafo’ Christmas,
and all ova’ da place
Not even da geckos
wen show their face.
Da stockings was hangin’ on top da TV?
(‘Cause no mo’ fireplace in Hawai’i)
Da kids stay all crashed, my old man too.
They leave all da work for you-know-who.
So me, I stay pickin’ up all da toys,
When – boom! – outside get one big noise!
I run to da window, I open ‘em up,
I stick out my head and I yell, “Eh! Whassup?!”
And then, I no can ba-lieve what I seen!
Was so unreal, you know what I mean?
This fat haole guy get his reindeers in my yard!
And reindeers no housebroken, you know, as’ why hard!
But nevmind, cuz this Christmas, so I cut ‘em slack.
Plus, had choke presents pokin’ outta his sack!
So I wait ’till he pau tie up his reindeer,
Then I yell out da window, “Huui! Brah, ova hea!”
An’ I tell ‘em first thing, when I open da door,
“Eh, Hemo your shoes! You going dirty my floor!”
He take off his boots, he tell, “You know who I am?”
I go, “Ho! From the smell, must be Mr. Toe Jam!”
He make mempachi eyes and he go, “Ho, ho, ho!”
By now, I stay thinking this guy kinda slow!
He look like my Tutu, but little less weight,
And his beard stay so white, mo’ white than shark bait!
He stay all in red, specially his nose,
And get reindeer spit on top his nice clothes!
But him, he no care; he just smile at me,
And he start fo’ put presents unda’neath da tree.
I tell ‘em, “Eh, brah, no need make lie dat,
And watch where you step! You going wake da cat!”
Then, out from his bag, he pull one brand new computah,
Choke video games, and one motorized scootah!
He try for fill up da Christmas socks too,
But had so much pukas, everyting went fall troo.
When he pau, I tell ‘em, “Eh Santa, try wait!
I get plenty leftovahs, I go make you one plate!”
But he nevah like hang, he had so much fo’ do;
Gotta make all da keiki wishes come true.
So I wave ‘em goodbye, and I flash ‘em da shaka,
And I tell ‘em, “Mele Kalikimaka!”
When he hear that, he wen stop and I telling you true,
He go, “Garans ball-barans! Merry Christmas to you!”

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did when I first found ‘em. It really spoke to my time in Hawai’i and I thought everyone here should enjoy this as much as I did. I would like to thank whoever came up with this clever take on the classic. Mele Kalikimaka and Happy Holidays to all from Polynesian Adventure Tours.

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Shared by James Bredeson

Ballet on Screen at Doris Duke Theater

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Coming up this afternoon is a special event at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of art. There will be a showing of a production of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikofsky’s amazing ballet “The Nutcracker”. This ballet is an amazing event if you have never seen it I would absolutely take the time to check out this masterpiece. The show that they will be airing was captured live in 2012 and lasts approximately two hours. Tchaikofsky’s amazing vision was performed at the Vienna Opera House and will be played on the screen for all of our enjoyment.

The ballet is performed in two acts and was performed brilliantly by Luidmila Konavalova, the prima ballerina, who plays Clara and Vladimir Shishov, who portrays Drosselmeier and the prince. The winter wonderland that was Tchaikofsky’s vision is on display for all to see and hear while the graceful music is performed by the Orchestra of the Weiner Staatsoper, and conducted by Paul Connely.

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Tickets can be purchased for $20 for general admission, and $18 if you are a museum member. The show will be starting at 1 p.m on Tuesday the 16th of December at the Doris Duke Theater. Due to the availability of tickets you will need to contact the museum at 808-532-6097 to purchase tickets if you have not done so already. I highly recommend that you take the time to check out this magnificent representation of one of the most classic holiday ballets of all time.

Written by James Bredeson

Ala Moana Shopping Center and the holidays

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Now is the time of the year when everyone runs around trying to find that perfect gift for their family and friends. Ala Moana center is one of the perfect places to find that special item here in Hawaii. The shopping center at Ala Moana is the largest mall in Hawaii, and is the fifteenth largest mall in the United States. If you can’t find what you are looking for there you probably will not be able to find it. Another fun fact about Ala Moana is the fact that it is thought to be the largest open air shopping center in the entire world.

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This special time of the year you can find a ton of holiday decorations all around the mall, as the vendors prep for Christmas. Even with the current construction going on at Ala Moana there is plenty of parking. The lights and decorations spread throughout the structure actually takes my mind off the fact that I am walking all around a very large mall, which is not my favorite thing to do at all. But there is just something about the festive mood and decorations that make it fun and exciting.

Another exciting aspect of the Ala Moana shopping center is the center stage. Center stage is one of the most popular public amphitheaters in Hawaii, and they usually showcase local talent and musicians for everyone’s enjoyment. Hula shows and the Royal Hawaiian Band are some of the more common shows that are put on for visitors and I really enjoy taking the time to watch a show when I am there. Many schools from the mainland and around the world have traveled to Hawaii to perform on the center stage at Ala Moana center. The stage has also hosted the local TV show called “Hawaii Stars” and you can see many of the onlookers packed on the second and third levels catching a view of the talent.

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Another plus that comes along with a visit to Ala Moana is that if you don’t have a vehicle it is the largest transportation hub for “TheBus”, Oahu’s award winning public transportation system. You can get to Ala Moana from almost anywhere on the island using the bus system. On any given day you will see many different types of tour buses and the city buses traveling to and from this major shopping destination. Who knows perhaps I will see you at Ala Moana shopping or watching a show on the center stage!

Written by James Bredeson

Toritos an Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Kaimuki

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I was really hungry the other night and my buddy suggested that we try this little Mexican Restaurant in Kaimuki and I said absolutely. I grew up in Texas and have always enjoyed good Mexican food and I was not let down on this occasion. This spot was sort of difficult to locate but well worth the time it took. Everything from the decor to the menu all the way down to the music fit the theme of an authentic Mexican restaurant.

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When we arrived, we were able to take the first available table, as its open seating. Once we were seated the server brought us a complimentary basket of fresh tortilla chips and a bowl of fresh salsa. The salsa was very flavorful and not overly spicy and was a great compliment to the crispy tortilla chips. We ordered a couple of Corona’s and browsed the menu. There were a lot of options to pick from and we ordered taquitos as an appetizer. The taquitos came on a plate with three served with guacamole and sour cream for each with pico de gallo. The taquitos were served nice and crispy and tasted amazing.

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For our main course we ordered the crazy burrito plate with shredded beef, served with a side of refried beans and Spanish rice. The burrito was filled with the beef, beans, rice, pico de gallo, olives and smothered in a red sauce topped with sour cream and guacamole. This burrito was very large and completely filling. The taste was amazing and wholly unexpected from a restaurant on the island. I couldn’t even finish my plate no matter how much I wanted to. The owner came to our table and asked how our food was and was very engaging and seemed genuinely interested in our opinions.

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Even though we were completely satisfied with our meal we decided to order the apple chimichanga dessert. This delectable dessert was served on a plate with two scoops of ice cream and whipped cream. The chimichanga was fresh apples and a little cinnamon wrapped in a flour tortilla and deep fried, this produced a tasty, crispy shell that complimented the flavors of the ice cream perfectly. By the time we left, it felt like we could have been rolled out of the restaurant. The next time you are hungry for an authentic Mexican experience, I highly recommend that you take the time to check out this spot, it will be well worth it. I may even see you there!

Written by James Bredeson