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Bob MacGregor - Founding Member

1914 - 2002

Robert E. MacGregor, a key figure in the growth of Hawaii's tourist industry for more than 50 years, started International Travel Service in Honolulu in 1946 with Leong Hop Louie. Later, he formed Trade Wind Tours to sell retail and wholesale tours to Hawaii from the mainland and elsewhere. For a time, that business was the largest U.S. marketer of Hawaii tours.

MacGregor developed other local tourism-related businesses covering a range of activities such as Pearl Harbor tours, bus travel and Polynesian shows. He sold Trade wind Tours in 1987 but remained involved in other businesses, including International Travel, until his death.

He had a passion for polo second to none. He played with greats... Royalty and the who's who in polo, like Prince Charles - knew, like and respected Bob MacGregor. For him, polo began in 1958 when he started to play at the polo grounds in Kapiolani Park, then at Mokuleia.

The indefatigable polo spirit of Bob MacGregor continues today at The Honolulu Polo Club in Waimanalo. Thanks to Annette and Mike Ebinger - who as part of his devoted polo family did so much to help the sport and Bob, personally, during his later years.

23 Years ago, his vision of a player's club established our Waimanalo polo grounds and the Honolulu Polo Club. Bob MacGregor was the consummate Polo Patron. His efforts kept the sport alive and well especially during the time when the polo grounds at Mokuleia were closed by its foreign owners.

The polo community always celebrates our great friend Bob and the special 'MacGregor Ten - Goal spirit' which lives on at the Honolulu Polo Club and in all who knew and loved him. Thus we celebrate his memory with the annual Robert E. MacGregor Tournament.

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