Pa'ani Polo O'Hawai'i Season 2003

2003 USPA Women's Challenge Cup
Beachcomber Realty Polo Divas vs. Prosperity Corner Na Wahines

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Join us for our Sunday matches!
Admission is $3.00, 12 and under free.
Gate opens at 1 p.m.
Located across from Bellows Beach in Waimanalo.

Visiting players please contact club President, Allen Hoe

The new Kiwi Polo Ball is the ball of choice
for the Honolulu Polo Club. Click on logo below:

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Fond memories of a special friend,
Mr. Bob MacGregor 1915-2002

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Reprinted with permission
article from 1989/90 by Karen Martin

Bob MacGregor: A Profile Travel, Entrepreneur, Polo Enthusiast

To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be a victor
over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be; that is what man can do.....and be so great.
A Taipan Creed
N. Calvert
Edinburgh, Scotland

Those words typify Bob MacGregor, Honolulu businessman, entrepreneur and sportsman and this year's recipient of the Royal Taipan Society's "Spirit of Hawaii" award honoring him for his great contribution to polo.

MacGregor, president and co-founder of the Waimanalo Polo Club, has played polo for more than 30 years - and started past the age of 40! After traveling all over the world with mallet bag in hand, as well as playing polo regularly in Hawaii, MacGregor and fellow businessmen and polo aficionados, Enrique Zobel and Mike Sheehan, leased a 25-acre site from the state of Hawaii in 1986 and established the Waimanalo Polo Club on the windward side of Oahu. Now in his early 70's MacGregor plays there every Saturday, from mid-March to late October, on the verdand field at the base of the magnificent Ko'olaus.

His interest in polo began in 1958 when he and his daughter, Roberta, went horseback riding in Kapiolani Park, which was the center of Hawaii polo after World War II. He met some players, stick-and-balled a bit, and his love affair with the sport began.

"Since 1958, polo has been my only sport and my only hobby - except for my work." MacGregor said.

MacGregor's work is travel, and he has been in the forefront of  almost every aspect of that industry. He currently divides his time between International Travel Services, Ltd. and Bob MacGregor's Tradewind Services, Inc. both of which he is president and founder.

MacGregor has led a fascinating life, filled with excitement from his earliest years. Born in Denver in 1915, he was soon introduced to travel. His father John Douglas Macgregor was a Scotsman who came to Texas to become a cowboy. He later became a railroad engineer and then a vice president of Pan Am. Because of his strong business sense and ability to speak Spanish, the elder MacGregor negotiated Pan Am's mail contracts throughout Central and South America and flew the first airmail trip from Miami to Panama with Lindbergh in 1927.

The family moved to New York, and Bob graduated from Columbia College in 1935 with a liberal arts degree. Following in his father's footsteps, he went to work for Pan Am for $50 a month.

"After six months I did so well, they raised my salary to $75 a month and sent me to Mexico. I worked there and in Panama, and when the China Clipper opened up the Pacific, they sent me to Manila because I spoke Spanish," he said.

It was in Manila that he met his wife, Emalita. They soon were parted for four years, because the war broke out while Bob was opening a new operation in Singapore, and Emalita had stayed in Manila. Getting out of Singapore after the war began was like an Indianda Jones adventure...fleeing the Japanese, thumbing a ride on a Pan Am Clipper, crash landing in Bermuda, and eventually landing in New York in 1942.

"Then the Pacific opened up, and Pan Am became a part of the Naval Air Transport Service,"
he said. "I was a commissioned lieutenant junior grade in the Navy so I could work on Naval bases."

He opened a base for Pan Am on the Brisbane River in Australia, and then at the time of the Guadalcanal Invasion, was sent to Noumea, New Caledonia and the to New Hebrides.

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"In 1945, I became Pan Am instead of Navy again, and luckily, I was assigned to Honolulu. I was in San Francisco in 1947 when a friend from Hawaii, Leong Hop Loui, then sports editor of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, suggested we open a travel agency together in Hawaii."

They each put up $5000.00 and the rest was history.

"After about a year we had enough business for Mr. Loui to quite the newspaper and to into travel full time. He handled sports adn I was going after commercial business," MacGregor said.

Initially, they focused on outbound travel, but then incoming tourists started coming into their small downtown office, people who had come to Honolulu on the Lurline, Pan Am or United.

They soon opened a little office in Waikiki in what is now the Outrigger Hotel, and established an incoming department called Trade Wind Tours which he operated until its sale in 1986.

"In 1951 at the end of the Korean War, the opportunity to begin the Pearl Harbor cruises came up and I allied myself with a couple of sailors," he said.

Hence, Hawaiian Cruises Ltd. was founded. Although the company has since been sold, MacGregor still retains a 10 percent interest in it.

In 1953, he started a motorcoach company on the Big Island of Hawaii, and in 1955 a motorcoach company on Oahu called Trade Wind Transportation which was later sold to Greyhound.

In 1959, with the advent of jet aircraft and the establishment of Hawaii as a state (two major events that would dramatically change Hawaii's travel industry), Trade Wind merged with Inter-Island Resorts, leading to a rapid growth of the firm.

MacGregor soon opened mainland offices and created a variety of tour programs, including charters, which he ran in partnership with Rene Pouteau. MacGregor then turned his attention to group business and established a convention department.

As for his future in the travel industry, MacGregor is happy with things just the way they are. "From my point of view, I'm back where I started - in the outgoing business. I've gone full circle -from the outgoing business to a vehicle to move large groups. I started when there were only three hotels in Waikiki and then expanded into limousines, boats, buses....I've done it all," he said.

Polo is still MacGregor's principal interest, although the feels his years of competitive polo are almost used up. "Unfortunately, polo has become more of a spectator hobby for me," he said. "There aren't many who play competitively at age 75. Just recently I've notice my reactions are slowing down."

"Polo is my love though, and I will always be involved in some way," he added. "That's why I'm interested in helping the growth and maintenance of the Honolulu Polo Club. Waimanalo is horse country - there are probably 1,000 horses here, yet we're close to the Honolulu population. I'm always interested in introducing new players to polo."


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