Category Archives: Pride of Polyad

Happy New Year

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With the New Year just on the horizon I would like to take the time to wish everyone a Happy New Year! This year has been full of fun and exciting things and I can not wait to see what 2015 brings. Polynesian Adventure Tours wishes everyone the best in their future endeavors, and may the new year fill your life with joy. It has been a great year and as we take our time to look back and reminisce with our friends and family we also look forward to the challenges of the upcoming year.

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We usually make some New Years resolutions with good intentions, whether to improve ourselves or the world around us. I would like to wish everyone the best of luck with each and every one of their resolutions in the upcoming year. I hope everyone finds their own measure of success in 2015. It has been a marvelous year and I hope we all have a healthy and safe New Year for ourselves, our families, and our friends. Aloha and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, which of course means HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Written by James Bredeson

Merry Christmas!

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Polynesian Adventure tours would like to take this chance to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. We hope the day brings you joy and happiness. We also hope that you continue to enjoy your time in the Hawaiian Islands.

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As we continue to enjoy a little cooler weather here in the islands it reminds me that I am lucky to live in such a beautiful place among family and friends. The weather is perfect today and provides an amazing backdrop for this holiday, and the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors with loved ones.

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It is our continued wish that everyone enjoys their time here, and appreciates the natural splendor of the land, and the majestic history of the Polynesian people. We offer tours that showcase all of this and more. We offer fully guided tours using professional tour guides and drivers that are shining examples of the spirit of Aloha. Enjoy the rest of your stay with us in our tropical paradise and we hope to see you soon. Aloha and Mahalo!f

Written by James Bredeson

Double Decker Tour of Honolulu Hale Christmas Lights

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‘Tis the season and Honolulu is decorated with lights and everyone is in a festive mood. Children are playing and parents are shopping for Christmas gifts, so why not take a break and enjoy a relaxing tour of the Honolulu Christmas Lights? Polynesian Adventure Tours offers a very unique way for you to experience this Honolulu Holiday Tradition. Our Double Decker Tour of the Honolulu Christmas Lights offers you a one of a kind bus tour with spacious open air views of the decorations.

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The Honolulu Christmas Lights plus Waikiki After Dark tour has 3 convenient locations to board on the way to see the beautiful Christmas decorations including; Ward Center, Honolulu Hale and Bishop Square. Once you have viewed the Honolulu Christmas Lights, enjoy the sights and sounds of Waikiki after dark from the perspective of our Double Decker buses. With stunning 360 degree views you won’t miss anything going on all around you. There are many different stops where you can be picked up in order to enjoy this special tour including, Aston Waikiki Beach, the Ilikai, Duke Kahanamoku Statue, and others.

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Families really enjoy the opportunity to travel on a double decker bus and children are always excited to see the Holiday Lights and decorations. Our tours run every day starting at 6:30-10:00 p.m. With this great package deal you get the best of two different tours all in one. Book your tour now, seats are filling up quickly and you may miss your chance. Mele Kalikimaka, and Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Feeling grateful in Hawaii

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As Thanksgiving day approaches we all like to take a look back and remember some of the things we are thankful for. With all the rush that surrounds the holidays we sometimes forget to  appreciate the little things. The older i get it seems to me like this time of the year is masked in consumerism. The stores now open in the early evening on Thanksgiving Thursday instead of allowing the public to spend the time with their families and being grateful for the time together.

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So I would like to take this time to reflect on some of the things that I am grateful for this year. I am grateful to my family and friends for all the help that I received this year. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to live in one of the most amazing places in the world. I appreciate the fact that my family has stayed together and healthy for another year. I enjoy the company of my friends, who on a moments notice will help if they are able. I am happy that my children still enjoy going to school and are excited with it still.

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Here in Hawaii we get the opportunity to take advantage of a year long weather pattern that allows us the chance to be outdoors and enjoy the majestic scenery that surrounds us. While you are here in Hawaii, you should take advantage of the great Hawaii tours offered by Polynesian Adventure Tours. Their drivers are professional and full of information about the islands, and the true spirit of aloha. They offer tours for everyone and visit the top tourist destinations in Hawaii. We should all be giving thanks for our time here in the islands whether we live here or are just here for a brief beautiful time.

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Written by James Bredeson

2014-2015 UH Football Shuttle to Aloha Stadium

Aloha its football time again and we wanted to let you know that the shuttle to Aloha Stadium from town is getting ready for the 2014 and 2015 season. Avoid the traffic and parking hassles and check out our buses that will transfer you to and from the games. A ticket to one game costs $15. For 7 games you save $28 on transportation for the season. Sit back relax with the comfort of Gray Line trans and leave the bumper to bumper traffic to us.

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Bus Ticket purchases, pickup locations, and times are available here.

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Fighting Breast Cancer and an Amazing Husband

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About 3 months ago my sister calls me and left an urgent message to call her. When I called her back she gave me bad news that she has breast cancer. She felt a lump and immediately got it checked out. When it came back cancerous they had to explain to there 3 kids what was happening to there mother. She is currently fighting it and has had the cancer removed and is currently ongoing radiation and chemo thearapy. On July 19th was her 40th birthday celebration and I am on the returning flight and I wanted to write about 2 amazing people. She is my hero.

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Having just moved to Indiana, Matt & Kelley needed help getting moved in to there new house. They had started going to Church at Hoosier Harvest Church, so Matt called up the guys and they got him the help he needed. They totally stepped up and helped Matt and Kelley out having known them for a short amount of Time. They not only helped out moving them in they also helped set up the rooms and got them moved in with true love from the Midwest.

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My sister and our family have been truly blessed to have Matt Sehy as a part of it. Through this he has shown me what it means to be an unconditionally loving husband. The strength and love shown by them the last 10 days is nothing short of heroic.

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So when I landed in Indianapolis and Matt told Kelley that he was working late to pick me up. We showed up at the house and she wasn’t feeling well, so I went up to her room and she said “are you kidding me” as she jumped up out of bed and began kissing and hugging me. I felt some nibbling on my foot because her dog started biting me from the excitement.

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Matt had planned a suprise party including about 50 friends, family and me. He actually managed to keep if from her for 2 months. Let me tell you she has always tried to find out about her supprises. The party was held at the church and the sweet people there made such a special event. She was totally suprised and please to see that much support and love from her friends and family. She told me that she was not looking forward to her 40th birthday but it turned out to be an uplifting event for her. Please send Kelley and her family prayers that she pulls through this.

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Summer Grilling Tips

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TIPS FOR GRILLING
Summer is here and our thoughts turn to…BARBECUE!. With the price of meat and groceries, we can’t afford any grilling disasters at the picnic, beach or backyard. These tips will guarantee a great barbecue.

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- Brush cold grill with oil to prevent sticking 

- Use one-gallon zip-lock plastic bags to marinate up to 1 pound of meats or vegetables in 2 to 3 cups of marinade; seal, pressing out air, set bag in a large baking dish and refrigerate, turning occasionally 

- Slash fatty edges to keep meat from curling 

- Fill a plant mister with 7 parts water and 1 part vinegar; use to spray grill when flames flare up 

- Preheat gas grills at least 15 minutes; for charcoal grills, light at least 45 minutes before, and let burn to hot embers, coated with ash 

- To flavor your barbecue, add hickory, mesquite or oak chips or chunks; soak wood in cold water for at least 30 minutes, then add to hot coals 

- Use your hand to determine approximate temperature; hold your hand 3 inches above the rack and count the seconds you can comfortably keep it in place: 5 seconds for low, 4 for medium, 3 for medium-high, 2 for high 

- For long-cooking vegetables or fruits (such as potatoes, whole heads of garlic or apples) cut a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, oil well, fill with sliced vegetables or fruit and seasonings, drizzle with oil, seal and place on hot grill Use long-handled tongs — not forks — to turn meat to avoid piercing and releasing juices 

- To prevent scorching, brush on BBQ sauce after meat is cooked. 

- Don’t forget to use heavy-duty oven mitts

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Hawaiian Sweet Potato Casserole

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Mash cooked sweet potatoes. Add coconut, milk, brown sugar and butter; mix well. Fold in 1/2 cup of the coconut flakes and 1/2 cup of the pineapple chunks. Place in casserole dish and bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle remaining coconut on top and broil until lightly browned. Serves 8.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
3/4 c. coconut milk
1 T. dark brown sugar
2 T. melted butter
3/4/ c. coconut flakes
1 can (15.5 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained

Dessert:

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Lilikoi Chiffon Dessert

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix softened butter and flour together and pat into a 9″x 13″ pan. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine condensed milk, juice, pineapple, and large container Cool Whip. Mix well. Pour on cooled crust and spread the small container Cool Whip on top. Top with mac nuts. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c flour
1 can condensed milk
1 can (6 oz.) frozen passion fruit or orange passion juice
1 lrg can crushed pineapple, drained
1 lrg container Cool Whip
1 sml container Cool Whip
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts

New Appointments Announced at Polynesian Adventure Tours

Sandra Weir Named as President of Polynesian Adventure Tours
The Company Also Announces Appointments in Sales and Marketing Team

Polynesian Adventure Tours announced the appointment of Sandra Weir as President. Ms. Weir previously served as Director, Business Development for Norwegian Cruise Line in Hawaii from March 2005 to October 2011, establishing key relationships and developing new products including Kauai’s only theatrical luau, Luau Kalamaku.

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She brings more than 24 years of financial management and operational experience to her new role. Most recently Weir was Finance Director at Secure Energy Services, Inc., where she oversaw accounting and finance for the oil and gas company’s largest division located in Calgary, Alberta. Weir received her Bachelor of Commerce – Honors from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Professional Accountant.

Polynesian Adventure Tours is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawaii’s exclusive licensee of Gray Line Tours. With Ms. Weir’s return to the company, Brandon Briggs has transferred to a new role at Norwegian Cruise Line headquarters in Miami.

“We’re delighted Sandra Weir is returning to Hawaii to lead Polynesian Adventure Tours. She’s an insightful leader, has extremely relevant experience and valuable contacts acquired during her earlier work with us in Hawaii. Sandra’s background, combined with her excellent financial credentials, will certainly contribute to her success in this key position,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.

Polynesian Adventure Tours also announced additional appointments as follows:

Eric Burgoyne joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has several years of experience in directing sales and marketing programs for tour and activity companies in Hawaii, most recently at Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events. Before moving to Hawaii in 2000, he was based in London, England with Lufthansa German Airlines as General Manager, United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Margaret Lehman has been appointed Director of Charter Sales, focusing on creating new group sources for the company. She previously served as the company’s Director of Business Development.

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Lynley Minamoto joined the company as Marketing Specialist and most recently managed marketing programs at Farmers Insurance Hawaii.

Polynesian Adventure Tours provides quality ground transportation for the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. The company began nearly 37 years ago and continues to grow as it explores new ways to bring the excitement and beauty of Hawaii to its guests. It operates informative Oahu excursions including Pearl Harbor tours, various Double-Decker sightseeing tours, and comprehensive Circle Island tours. Polynesian Adventure Tours also offers One Day neighbor islands, including Big Island Volcano tours, Road to Hana tours on Maui and the Waimea and Movie Tours on Kauai and a theatrical luau on Kauai. For more information, visit www.polyad.com.

Testimonials from Polynesian Adventure Tour Guests

Journey To Waimea Canyon
LOVED THIS TOUR (even with the chickens)

Our diver, Lisa, did a fine job of informing us of the things along the way. The drive up had lots of nice scenery. The colors of the canyon are really beautiful!! Very breath taking. Wonderful photo opts. Husband took LOTS!! We made a stop at Sphouting Horn Park. You could see the water spout up from the holes in the lava. If you have a fear of chickens (Hawaii Ground Birds) as I do, be warned there are LOGS of running around wild on this tour. Thank goodness I had friends to protect Me.

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Lahaina On Your Own – Round-trip
Good if wanting to shop! The bus ride over was interesting, Our driver. Allyn, was really informative. There wasn’t much to do in Lahaina except shop. There is a small museum in the old courthouse that was ok. We did see a very LARGE marlin brought in on one of the fishing boats. It was 14 feet long & weighed 412 lbs.

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Ocean Center & loa Valley
Beautiful Scenery. Lots of Fishy Info
Our driver was Allyn (a lady) was very interesting. We had her as our driver both days in Kahului, Thanks Allyn!! She told us how the sugar cane is refined as we passed it growing along the highway. She even pointed out the processing plant off in the distance. The Ocean Center was very enjoyable with many different fish in many display settings. Be sure to try the shaved ice! Yummy! loa Valley was beautiful. Loved the view from the foot bridge (both sides). Allyn told us a very interesting story of a battle that took place there years ago. We thought this was a very interesting tour well worth the month. Would be great for a family tour.

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