Eugene Rey Lucerna, a freshman from the Philippines majoring in international cultural studies, said his favorite part about being a Polynesian Cultural Center tour guide is the people.
“I get to connect with them and relive my experiences as a missionary. And I can say, ‘Aloha,’ to cute people,” he said.
“I loved my mission so much. It reminds me whenever I interact with people, but this time it’s not about God. It’s about the cultural center. I really wanted to make that connection with people.”
“We are the face of the Polynesian Cultural Center, and we are the first people who represent the center itself.”
“I’m able to work with my friends, and, at the same time, I’m able to meet different people from different parts of the world.”
“We start with a prayer to have our day [go well]. Then, it’s followed by a training. We have many announcements, we’re told how many people will be there in each tour group, and we are divided into different language groups. We take different people to shows and sometimes we follow our own plans.”
“I get to experience things and see it as an experience more than a job. I don’t want to call it a job. Rather, I want to call it an experience because I feel like I’m on a vacation, every day.”
“The sun. I come from the Philippines, and we all know how much we value our skin. I got way tanner when I started as a tour guide.”
NOTE: This story was featured in the Sept. 2017 print issue.