I wrote about how the true Aloha Spirit was created at the Polynesian by its Cast Members back in an article a few years ago. Since then I have gotten stories from people about how much the Cast Members are a big part of making their visit special and how some go back to the Polynesian just because of those friendships that were started while they were on vacation at the resort. I decided it was time to create a section devoted to sharing the stories with my readers.
For a long time I have been wanting to have part of my web site dedicated to the great Cast Members who have been there and made a difference. My main problem with creating such a page is I know I have not met all the Cast Members who really make the Polynesian a special place so I would feel like I am leaving them out. Also, the ones I do know and would want to put on that page I don’t feel I can write well enough to do justice to what they bring to the resort. I decided to create this section of my web pages to share my stories and your stories.
There are so many Cast Members that I have met that go out of their way to give some magic to the guests of the Polynesian and even more important are those who bring a true Aloha Spirit from the Islands they came from to the resort. As I have spoke of before they are the true heart of the resort and as the past General Manager told me (Clyde Min) It is that attitude that makes the Polynesian a great resort. If the attitude of the management starts to look at the bottom line and overlooks the people who work there then they will lose what makes that resort great. People like Ku’ulei, Sefa, Lipoa and many others bring the Aloha Spirit to the resort every day. There is one person that was brought over from the Islands to not only bring her talent, beauty and warmth to Disneyland but to the Polynesian since day 1 and that is Auntie Kau’i. Many others that may not be from the islands but still spread the spirit make the Polynesian unique to any other resort at Disney World.
If they keep letting go of good people that are the heart of the resort, it will eventually just be a tropical shell of what it once was. Many of these people take the time to meet the guests so lets take some time when we are there to get to know them. I know there is much more I would like to know and I will listen to all they want to share with me.
Just like the smells, sites and sounds of the Polynesian that make us feel like we are home there are people there that do that. Just like if you have ever been in the concierge lounge you would know it would never be the same if Chef Dick were not there or if Auntie and Ku'ulei were not teaching hula or greet you, things just would not be the same. I know we all have different Cast Members who we remember and make us smile when we see them again. How many of you who have seen Sefa at the resort knew that he is the guy in the Island Plam Press, that you get at check in, throwing the flaming baton around? I know a few of the guys are happy if they just make it to the Tambu Lounge and see Walt.
Here are some great articles that will let you know a little more about Auntie Kau’i’s background. Maybe the next time you will understand more about what she brings to the resort.
Check out this link to see Ku'ulei in the Disney Sing-a-long video (that my kid loves) and also you will see some of the Tikis on the stage that are carved up by Mai Tiki who does the Tikis for Tikifest.
Some of these ambassadors of aloha that I have mentioned also bring the Polynesian culture to Orlando with activities that they do outside of the resort. Just something to keep in mind when you see them at the Polynesian. You may never have known the contributions they have had over the years to the resort and community.