You may have encountered a new and unusual name when contacting us about invoices and billing: Atlanta Dove joined Hawaii Information Service full time as an accounting clerk at the start of the year, after working in the office as a temp since August of last year.
“When introducing myself, I tell people my name is ‘Atlanta’ like the city and ‘Dove’ like the bird,” she says.
Atlanta grew up in the Bay Area with her family, Sunnyvale to be exact, which she says is known for its cherry orchards.
She attended Homestead High School where former alumni like Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Sean Dawkins.
Atlanta was a cheerleader for Sunnyvale Pop Warner for 10 years, and had a brief stint as a coach. She worked in the telecom industry for a decade, and got a job at Levi’s Stadium in 2014.
“I’d worked there since it opened,” she says. “The best event I’d worked would have to be the Grateful Dead in concert… the audience was just as entertaining as the band.”
“I was also there for Super Bowl 50, which was a memorable experience too,” she adds.
Atlanta also worked as a proctor for the SATs for 11 years, meanwhile traveling to 12 different states, drove across country, as well as the Azores Islands in Portugal. Her parents moved to Oregon 2008 and her brother moved to New York in 2015. When she found herself between jobs, she followed a friend who landed a gig in Hawaii and landed in Honolulu herself last March.
“I have some awesome roommates, and we’re all transplants, from Los Angeles, South Carolina, Kentucky,” she says.
“I’m pretty adventurous and have done some cool things even though I’ve been here less than a year,” Atlanta adds. “I met a group of people in April with whom I’ve experienced some amazing things while in the islands.”
Those things include traveling to Kona two weeks after the eruption, star-gazing on Mauna Kea, snorkeling with manta rays, joining the Hawaii Gay Kickball League, participating in poetry slams, and hiking Koko Head on Christmas morning to reach the top before sunrise.
But the topic she finds herself most often discussing with customers is her name.
“My name doesn’t come from the city ― I wasn’t born or conceived there,” she laughs. “It’s actually derived from ‘Atalanta,’ from Greek Mythology.”
If you want to trade strange-name stories, or have suggestions for adventurous island activities, you can email Atlanta at firstname.lastname@example.org.