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The Language of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Kaiaulu

The Language of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Kaiaulu

When things are heating up in the sun in Hawaiʻi, we all cherish the breezes and rain to help us keep cool. Did you know that we have hundreds of words in Hawaiian for wind and rain? That’s because each name changes depending on the location.

When you first walk into Makaʻala, the lobby area at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, you’ll enjoy the trade-wind breeze known as the Kaiaulu. This wind comes from the Waiʻanae mountain range and cools the land heading down towards the sea. It’s almost as if it comes to greet you as you walk through the door. It even brings the smell of our fresh flower lei in with you.

The Language of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Kaiaulu

Perhaps in the morning, you will enjoy the light breeze called Moani down by the ocean. It is a soothing accompaniment to the many fitness classes we offer including Beach and Paddleboard Yoga. Needless to say, it goes very well with a quick dip in our inviting lagoon.

Or if you’re up for an adventure, go out and experience the misty rain called Tuahine when you participate in a tour of Manoa valley. This rain provides the magic that makes Manoa valley famous for rainbows. It’s not uncommon to see multiple rainbows at once!

The Language of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Kaiaulu

We think Aulani Resort is re-defining that old phrase: go wherever the wind may take you. There are so many more stories awaiting you on your next visit!

A hui hou.

Note: In printed materials, Aulani Resort uses the contemporary spelling of Hawaiian words, which includes marks such as the kahako (macron). Because these marks do not often display correctly in electronic formats, we’ve omitted them to ensure clarity.

Enjoy the Holidays at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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If you’re spending the holidays in Hawai’i this year, the halls of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are decked for the season! From festive entertainment to beautiful holiday decor, here are a few things to get your ‘ohana into the spirit:

Disney Friends: Mickey Mouse and the gang dressed in their “holiday best” are ready for greetings and photos. Say “Mele Kalikimaka!”

Holiday Movies: Later this month during ‘Ohana Movie Nights, the resort will screen holiday flicks. Head to the Halawai Lawn and enjoy movies on the big screen, including one of my personal holiday favorites, “The Santa Clause.”

Carolers: The sounds of the season come alive with carolers! On December 16, 18, 21 and 24, look out for carolers spreading the aloha spirit with holiday music.

Santa Claus: On Christmas Eve, Santa will be stopping by Aunty’s Beach House to visit with keiki!

Book “Menehune Mischief”Character Dinner at Aulani

On select evenings at the Makahiki, you can join Aulani’s beloved “Uncle” and some favorite Disney Characters for the “Menehune Mischief” Character Dinner.

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You can help Uncle celebrate the Menehune – magical little people of Hawaiian legend said to inhabit the valleys and forests of the islands. Through enchanting music, sing-alongs and interactive adventures, Uncle brings a mesmerizing tale of these mythical folk to life with the help of some favorite Disney Characters.

Menehune Mischief takes place from 5:15-6 p.m., with seating starting at 4:30 p.m. and photo opportunities beginning at 4:45 p.m. Show days coincide with the Starlit Hui Luau performances, so you can enjoy a full evening of family entertainment.

The cost is $47 for adults and $21 for children (ages 3-9). Reservations can be made by contacting your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner today.


Enjoy Christmas Day Dinner at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

If you are visiting Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa for the holidays, you may choose to celebrate with an Aulani Christmas Day Dinner.

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Guests can indulge in a traditional holiday feast in Paradise, complete with island flair and a dash of Disney magic. Featuring live local entertainment and visits from Disney Characters, who’ll drop by for photo opportunities, this festive Christmas dinner offers you food, fun and family memories to cherish forever.

Served in the Kaiona Ballroom, the first seating is from 4-6 p.m. and the second seating is from6:30-8:30 p.m.  The cost is $87.50 for Guests ages 10 and up; $43.75 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity included). Complimentary self-parking for 4 hours for non-Resort Guests is included. Casual attire is recommended. (The following are not permitted: baseball caps, board shorts, swimsuits and ripped or torn jeans and—for men—tank tops and sleeveless shirts.)

Reservations are now open for Resort Guests, and will open to non-resort Guests (subject to availability) on Dec.15, 2015. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to book your dining!

Please note the Thanksgiving feast at Kaiona Ballroom is sold out. Below are the hours for other food and beverage offerings throughout the holiday season:

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

‘AMA’AMA 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Makahiki 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

‘AMA’AMA 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

‘AMA’AMA 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


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Save Now On Transportation At Aulani

For a limited time, you can receive free round-trip transportation from the airport to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, plus a free 1-day mid-size Alamo car rental, when you book a stay of 4 consecutive nights or longer at Aulani!

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This special offer is available for select stays January 4, 2015 – March 23, 2015 and April 6, 2015 – June 15, 2015.  Book now through Mar. 23, 2015.

Important Details:

  • To receive the free transportation, all nights must be consecutive.
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay.
  • Not valid in combination with any other structural discount rates.
  • Offer excludes suites and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room.
  • Offer applied once per reservation.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Limit 2 rooms per reservation.
  • Standard change/cancel policies apply.
  • Airport transportation is a shared shuttle service operated by SpeediShuttle.
  • All Guests traveling on reservation must be booked on shared shuttle to receive offer.
  • Airport shuttle can be booked for one-way or round-trip service.
  • Guests may book shared shuttle alone and decline car rental.
  • Car rental pick-up/drop-off at Aulani rental desk only.
  • Guest can decline free car rental.
  • Any Aulani parking fee accrued is charged at check-out.
  • Should Guest book additional days, 1-day free will be deducted from rate.
  • Guest may book 1-day care rental and decline shared shuttle.
  • Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.
  • Offer cannot be booked online and must be booked through Walt Disney Travel Company by phone. No offer code is required.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to book this great offer.


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hotels Receive ‘Best Hotels’ Awards

If you haven’t heard, eight Walt Disney Parks and Resorts hotels were recently named Silver Badge Winners by U.S. News & World Report.

All of the winning Disney Parks hotels ranked as one of the best in their market.

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it is a great honor for Disney Parks and Resorts to recognize the creativity and heart of their cast members who create Disney magic and deliver the great guest service that the company is known for. Here’s the breakdown of winners:

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In California, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel was named one of the Best Hotels in Anaheim and in Hawaii, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa ranked as one of the Best Hotels in Honolulu – Oahu.

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Six hotels at Walt Disney World Resort were also named Best Hotels in Orlando, including:

The hotels were ranked by travel experts and guests through online reviews and ratings and a complete list is posted online.

Congratulations to all of Disney’s “Best Hotels” winners.


Top 5: Fun for Adults at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Many people think that a Disney resort is only for keiki (kids), but at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, there is something for you, even if you donʻt have keiki at your side, or with you at all. Aulani is a place that the entire family can enjoy, both together or separately.

Top 5: Fun for Adults at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Don’t have kids? Whether you’re on a romantic honeymoon, a girls-only retreat, or celebrating a family reunion, Aulani offers numerous ways for you to create vacation memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Top 5: Fun for Adults at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

While the kids are taking a break from the sun in Aunty’s Beach House, mom and dad can choose from a number of activities to enjoy on their own.

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And there hasn’t been a better time for adults to book their warm winter vacation to Hawaii and enjoy the amazing new infinity pool and adults-only pool at Aulani. Now through January 15, 2014, guests can purchase a 4-night vacation package for the price of 3 – plus receive free breakfast for two adults to enjoy at the newest restaurant at Aulani – Ulu Cafe. This special offer is for guests who stay four consecutive nights between January 5, 2014 and April 7, 2014.

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Top 5 Things for Kids To Do at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii

Aloha! We are in the middle of a fantastic summer here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. And while the entire family is having a great Hawaiian vacation, the keiki (kids) are busy taking full advantage of every moment of daylight. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share a Top 5 video – this one focused on fun for the keiki.

And don’t forget, Kingdom Magic still has a great fall offer happening now, which includes a 5th night free and a one-time $100 resort credit.

For all the details, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner and hele mai, come join us, for some kid fun at Aulani.

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Learn about Kalo at Disney’s Aulani Resort

Kalo, also known as taro, holds cultural importance for the Hawaiian people. It not only feeds the people of Hawai‘i, but provides a family connection between the people and the ‘āina (or land). At Aulani, guests can learn more about taro and even sample it in some of Aulani’s dishes like the ‘Ōlelo Room’s kālua pork nachos featuring taro chips.

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Disney Wedding Cake: Celebrating Aulani’s 1st Birthday

In honor of Aulani’s one year anniversary, Disney served up a big slice of Hawaiian cake! Inspired by the ocean (and complete with sugar coral), this week’s Wedding Cake Wednesday captures the essence of Oahu in a fun, lighthearted dessert.

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Disney Wedding Cake: Celebrating Aulani's 1st Birthday

Cheers to many more years of memories!

More Water Fun, Dining Options Coming in Aulani Resort Expansion

If you’ve had the opportunity to visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – or even if you’ve just been reading about it – you know how much fun it is and how popular it’s been with families visiting Hawai`i.

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As a result of all the excitement about Aulani and its amenities, we’re already planning an expansion of the resort. New water features will be added to the Waikolohe Valley pool area, along with additional deck space for sunbathing and relaxing. Two new quick-service food locations also will be part of the enhancements, and the popular “Starlit Hui” show will move to a larger lawn so that even more guests can enjoy the performance.

Work on all this is scheduled to begin in September. Keep an eye on the Kingdom Magic Blog for regular updates on plans and progress.

Makahiki Restaurant Adds Lunch for Guests at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Makahiki at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is best known for its fun Disney character breakfasts and bounteous dinner buffet, but the chefs have now added a lunch menu aptly named “Koho,” which means “to choose” in Hawaiian.

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Guests can choose their own pizza toppings, salad blend or sandwich combo, or just order a signature entrée. Pizzas have toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to Portuguese sausage and pineapple. Salads offer several greens and veggies, then cheeses including blue, goat and feta. Add grilled tofu, chicken, shrimp or fish of the day for a hefty meal in a bowl.

And sandwiches range from fish of the day to turkey, ham and roast beef with toppings such as avocado, pesto aioli and four kinds of cheese (American, blue, Swiss and cheddar). There’s a special pizza and a burger just for kids.

Chef’s Special Bento with ahi tuna sashimi

Signature entrées include the Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple; a crispy Asian salad with candied nuts, crispy wontons, avocado, oranges and pickled ginger; and the Chef’s Special Bento with ahi tuna sashimi, chicken teriyaki, carrot and cucumber namasu (pickled), fried rice and mochi ice cream.

Grab a side of slaw, garlic fries, a green salad or potato salad. And there’s fresh fruit, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake and mochi ice cream for dessert.

Prices range from $11.50 for a salad to $15 for the bento box.

Escape With Signature Treatments at Laniwai Spa at Disney’s Aulani Hawaii

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From a rainwater suite to a special spa retreat just for teens, “the gift of water” plays a starring role at Laniwai, a Disney Spa at Aulani.

The Hawaiian word laniwai (lah-nee-vai) means “freshwater heaven,” and the spa lives up to its name with more than 150 treatments, including the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on the island of Oahu. Also exclusive to Aulani is the Painted Sky youth spa, featuring relaxing treatments created especially for teens.

“Laniwai is a place where everyone will feel special,” says Lucia Rodriguez, spa director. “Teens will enjoy an experience created just for them, and there is a suite just for families. Guests will have many wonderful ways to enjoy Laniwai.”

With 18,000 square feet indoors and 5,000 square feet outdoors, the area includes a 2,000 square-foot Lift Fitness Cardiovascular Center, 15 treatment rooms and a full-service salon for hair, makeup and nail services.

“Laniwai celebrates the Hawaiian connection to nature,” explains Rodriguez. “The design embraces the cultural and even the spiritual significance of anuenue, or rainbows, by combining elegantly reflected light, brilliant color and healing water features.”

Inside Lanwai

  • 15 treatment rooms including a couples room and a flex room for treatments for two-plus guests, including families.
  • Treatments include body polish, vitality baths, massage, body treatments, facials, outdoor treatments.
  • Signature therapies include Lomilomi massage incorporating lomilomi “pressure point” sticks and warm river stones; and Kilikili, including exfoliation and massage with coconut oil under streaming jets of warm waters.
  • Signature exfoliations, body cocoons.
  • Dressing rooms for men and women include eucalyptus-infused steam, dry sauna and relaxation room.  Also a separate space for co-ed relaxation.

Kula Wai Hydrotherapy Garden

  • The only outdoor hydrotherapy garden in O’ahu features herbal pools, reflexology path, six rain showers, cold and hot whirlpools. Blend your own body polish.
  • Signature treatment Kilikili (meaning “fine gentle rain”), offered in Lilinoe rainwater suite. Includes a body polish followed by Lomilomi massage with coconut oil under warm, gentle rain.
  • “Nature’s Soaks,” 25-minute vitality baths infused with flowers, fruits, herbs and oils.

 

Mikimiki Fitness Center

  • Open 24 hours. No charge for resort guests 14 and older.
  • Life Fitness cardiovascular and strength training equipment.
  • Kinesis machine, free weights.
  • Classes including yoga, beach workouts, aquatic exercise, meditation, tai chi.

Painted Sky Teen Spa

  • 1,500-square-foot spa for ages 13 and older.
  • Includes a yogurt bar, relaxation area, computer station, D.I.Y Iliahi mixology bar (do it yourself) to blend personalized Hawaiian body polishes, perfume and face masques.
  • Daily programs and a special teen treatment room for manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.

 

Full-Service Salon

  • Four manicure, four pedicure, two hair stations.
  • Make-up for all ages.
  • Treatments for youth.

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Disney Presents a Taste of the Islands on the Menus at Aulani Resort

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Hawaii is a melting pot of cuisines – tastes of home brought to the islands by immigrants from China, Portugal, Germany, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. Mix all of those sunny tastes and you get Hawaii’s multicultural fare.

“At Aulani, we’re showcasing the abundant produce, the fresh seafood, the classic tastes of Hawaii,” said Executive Chef Patrick Callarac. “From simple plate lunches that are a typical part of the cuisine to local whole salt-crusted fish for two cracked open tableside, dining is a big part of the Aulani story.”

‘AMA’AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking

Inspired by a beachside house, ‘AMA’AMA—Contemporary Island Cooking is a stylish open-air restaurant just steps from the ocean.

The entryway is framed with a design inspired by the ancient fish traps still used by local fishermen, opening into the spacious dining room with a thatched roof, walls of mosaic, rough stone, or painted in cool shades of blue remindful of the waves of the ocean. A concrete fountain and reflecting pool are the restaurant’s fishing-themed focal point.

“‘AMA’AMA is a fish abundant in these waters, a local favorite,” said Callarac. “This restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is right on the ocean, an attraction in itself.”

For breakfast, you can go for simple bacon and eggs or waffles, but the menu takes you to the Pacific Rim with dishes such as seared island fish, tamago, miso soup, steamed rice, fried seaweed and pickled vegetables; sweet potato and Portuguese sausage hash with poached eggs and marinated hearts of palm; or the traditional “Loco Moco” breakfast with a sunny-side-up fried egg, white rice and hamburger patty topped with gravy. The signature breakfast dish is chocolate milk-dipped haupia (how-pee-YAH) bread French toast stuffed with bananas and peanut butter. (Haupia is a traditional coconut-milk based sweet pudding.) And 100 percent Kona press pot coffee is the favorite morning beverage.

Lunch features American favorites with a twist: an Angus chuck burger with avocado, shaved radish, and Maui onion-tomato jam; K?lua roasted pulled pork sandwich in steamed rice buns; crab and lobster rolls with wasabi mayo and cucumber; and sustainable catch fish tacos with slaw and salsa.

At dinner, sustainable fish roasted in the wood-burning oven is a signature entrée, as well as whole, salt-crusted catch for two, cracked open tableside. “The salt seals in moisture and flavors, and the fish steams without drying – and makes a dramatic presentation,” said Callarac.

Signature starter is a bigeye tuna and sea asparagus poke “martini,” also finished tableside. Other small bites include steamed manilla clams with smoked pork belly, lemongrass and espelette pepper; Hamakua mushroom tart with baby arugula, coriander crème fraiche and Parmesan; grilled jumbo shrimp with hearts of palm; and an apple banana and Maui onion soup au gratin.

Main dishes range from a seafood stew with lotus root, vadouvan (French curry), herb aioli and croutons to a grilled New York strip with creamed Swiss chard, soufflé potatoes and poivrade sauce. Of course, grilled lobster (from a farm on the Big Island) is on the menu, served with vanilla sauce and a Korean pancake. For vegetarians, there’s goat cheese ravioli with local baby vegetable stew.

A daily, four-course, prix fixe showcases cuisines from around the globe, such as the “Japanese Influence” with Peking duck salad with scallion pancake, miso-glazed shutome (swordfish) with jasmine rice and mochi ice cream with green tea cookies. Other prix fixe menus include Polynesian, Korean, Portuguese, Latin, traditional and new influences.

AMA’AMA’ features more than a dozen cocktails, including the KonaRed Lemon Drop with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, fresh lemon juice, organic agave nectar and KonaRed superfruit antioxidant juice, and a classic Tropical Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, amaretto and tropical juices topped with a float of Myers’s Original Dark Rum. There also are wines by the glass and bottle.

Sweet endings are classics with flair, such as a Floating Island with guava, strawberry and lychee sorbet; coconut panna cotta with chilled passion fruit broth and green tea tuile; and pineapple tarte tartin with caramel cream.

Breakfast costs $7-$21; lunch, $8-$24; dinner entrées $31-$53.

MAKAHIKI BUFFET RESTAURANT Aulani

Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands

While ‘AMA’AMA has the natural beauty of the ocean just steps away, the interior of Makahiki, showcases beautiful works by local artists, from paintings to glass art. In the entry, artists Butch Helemano and James Rumford collaborated to convey the story of the Makahiki season of peace, play and renewal. (The Makahiki season is the traditional Hawaiian celebration of the harvest.) Rumford sketched the designs and wrote texts for Helemano’s wood carvings that illustrate the sights and events of the Makahiki season. Also in the restaurant, artists Al Lagunero and Solomon Enos collaborated on a mural that depicts feasting and gaming. As day turns to night, the restaurant lighting gradually turns from rose to indigo with the setting of the sun.

With a buffet that’s open daily for breakfast and dinner, the spirit of the Makahiki is celebrated in the fresh and flavorful cuisine.

Starting with breakfast, the spread includes everything from a simple Continental offering to a Western breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, potatoes, pancakes, waffles, French toast – even baked beans with barbecued ham. The Chinese/Japanese buffet has soy milk, dim sum, crispy dough, wok-fried noodles, seared island fish, tamago, greens, miso soup, steamed rice, dried seaweed and pickled vegetables.

For youngsters, the “Keiki Corner” features fruit, yogurt, granola, waffles, pancakes, baked chicken strips, scrambled eggs, sausage, turkey bacon, frittatas, breakfast pastries and chocolate milk-dipped Haupia bread French Toast stuffed with bananas and peanut butter.

Favorite Disney characters celebrate with diners at “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki” on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

Breakfast is served from 7-11 a.m. Cost is $32, $18 ages 9 and under.

The casual dinner buffet features line-caught sustainable seafood, fresh salads with local greens, rotating carving stations, Asian-inspired entrees and house-made desserts.

“Our goal is to get as much as we can from the local farmers,” said Callarac.

A melting pot of cultures, the expansive buffet features starters from a Nicoise salad to cheeses, lobster bisque and cioppino. On ice, shrimp, marinated squid, scallops, mussels, lobster and tiger prawns showcase the abundance of seafood.

Entrees might include sustainable catch in banana leaves, seafood paella, grille poke, roast duck with plum sauce and chicken wrapped in seaweed. For Asian flavors, there’s sushi and sashimi, Chinese pork buns, fried noodles, dim sum and wok-fried seasonal vegetables.

The grill heats up with chicken wings, pork chops, Asian-spiced lamb chops, sausages and assorted satay, while live-action stations feature pastas with vegetables, meatballs, clam stew, Portuguese sausage, and carved meats or fish.

“Keiki Corner” for youngsters offers macaroni and bay shrimp salad, chicken and sweet corn salad, finger sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, crudités, pasta Lai, hot dogs, mini burgers, grilled mini steak, fish dog, pizza on a stick, Asian chicken strips, grilled chicken breast, spaghetti pizza, carved ham, macaroni & cheese with fresh peas, seasonal local fare such as poin fritters.

And there are plenty of sweets, such as chocolate brownies, no-sugar-added mango cheesecake, guava cupcakes, pineapple-coconut cobbler, molten chocolate cake, banana cream puffs and coconut bars.

Hours are from 5-10 p.m. daily. Cost is $43; $21 ages 9 and under.

LANAI OF `AMA`AMA BEACH RESTAURANT

Off the Hook

Next door to ‘AMA’AMA near the ocean is Off the Hook, inspired by a fisherman’s seaside shack, decorated with makau, or fish hooks, cowry-shell lures, shark-tooth knives and specially carved fish-shaped stones.

Open daily from 11 a.m. for tropical drinks and small bites, Off the Hook’s signature is the Feast of the Sea platter, a build-your-own taste of the islands with oysters, prawns, clams, Keahole lobster and Kona abalone. Also on the menu are hamachi and ahi sashimi, prawns satay on sugar cane skewers, Kobe beef sliders, Peking duck flatbread, cheeses and a dessert sampler.

A colorful school of fish swims above the bar, which serves creative cocktails including a Wild Hibiscus Royale Sparkling wine cocktail, Island Red Sangria, a Pineapple Papaya Cosmo and Big Island Iced Tea. Non-alcoholic drinks range from a passion colada to a pineapple ginger splash. There’s beer on draft – Big Wave Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale, Longboard Island Lager, or the seasonal Aloha Series. And every day there’s an ‘ike mua, or “discovery drink of the day.”

Other Dining

Also near ‘AMA’AMA , One Paddle, Two Paddle offers quick-service sandwiches and wraps, and housemade desserts. Lava Shack, across from the Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, serves a traditional an “plate lunch” of cold fried chicken, meats and cheese or chilled miso-glazed salmon. P?p?lua Shave Ice is on the pool deck, and Rip Curl Yogurt Bar at the Laniwai Spa offers yogurt with fresh fruit and other toppings.

At opening, private dining is available 6 a.m.-midnight, later expanding to 24 hours. The menu features Hawaii-inspired specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Aulani Resort & Spa Is a Family Paradise with a Touch of Disney Magic in Hawaii

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, combines the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian islands with the magic of Disney storytelling and guest service, creating an unforgettable family vacation experience.

Set on a beautiful lagoon along the coast of Oahu, Aulani welcomed its first guests on Aug. 29, 2011.

Aulani serves as a gateway to the fun and enchantment of the islands, noted Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

“We are thrilled to welcome guests from around the world to experience Aulani,” Staggs said. “This resort is a unique and exciting project that combines the magic and storytelling of Disney with the rich culture and beautiful scenery of Hawaii. It is the ultimate family paradise with a touch of Disney magic.”

Hawaiian heritage and Disney magic

Each day of their stay, Aulani guests can customize their experience – relaxing on the beach or in Laniwai, a Disney Spa, playing in the pools or discovering the island on a specially planned excursion. Among the unique experiences at Aulani are gathering at the fireside Mo’olelo for storytelling (mo’olelo is the Hawaiian word for story) and spotting statues of Menehune, the legendary island little people, hidden throughout the resort.

Aulani traditionally means “a messenger of a chief – one who delivers a message from a higher authority.” The name Aulani is fitting, as the resort serves as a messenger of the Hawaiian spirit, people and culture.

“The name ‘Aulani’ expresses a connection to tradition and deep storytelling – and its roots are in this land right here,” said Joe Rohde, senior vice president and creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, who led the design of the resort.

“We want this resort destination to reflect the vibrant culture that surrounds it. We believe in artistry, in excellence, and in the beauty of a well-done thing. Our commitment to excellence mirrors the cultural values one sees in the arts of Hawaii.”

Aulani occupies 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, adjacent to a nine-acre, crystal-blue lagoon and white-sand beach. Ko Olina is 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and less than an hour from Waikiki Beach.

When all phases are complete, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas in two towers, each featuring rooms that offer thrilling views of the ocean, mountains and the magnificent, lush surroundings.

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Something for everyone

Family-friendly resort amenities include the 18,000-square-foot Laniwai, a Disney Spa, with 15 treatment rooms and a fitness center. Many spa treatments draw upon Hawaiian healing traditions.

Aulani also features two signature restaurants – the full-service ‘AMA’AMA and the buffet-style Makahiki – offering foods unique to Hawaii.

  • At the chic, beachside ‘AMA’AMA, ocean breezes soothe the spirit as chefs use fresh local ingredients and island flavors to create distinctive dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes vegetarian options and classic cocktails with new twists, plus desserts house-made daily.
  • The buffet-style Makahiki offers guests breakfast among Disney characters or, in a magical midday transformation, dinner in artful surroundings, including a stunning ceiling light sculpture and beautiful wall murals hand-painted by local artists.

Young guests have their very own kids’ club, Aunty’s Beach House. Here children can explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment, including interactive touch tables, wildlife and nature programs, arts and crafts, Disney movies and traditional Hawaiian games.

Children of all ages will delight in Waikolohe Valley, Aulani’s seven-acre water play area. The overall landscape mimics the flow of a watershed as it moves from the mountain to the ocean, complete with the Waikolohe Stream, the resort’s mysterious (yet fun) tube-floating watercourse. Here guests encounter bubbling water, a cloaking mist and several hundred feet of additional surprises.

Adventure, conventions and weddings, too

For those who love waterslides, Tubestone Curl, the resort’s tube slide, and Volcanic Vertical, Aulani’s tunnel slide, provide thrills galore. Guests will also interact with native Hawaiian fish, including angelfish, butterfly fish and tangs, in the 3,800-square-foot Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, the only one of its kind on Oahu.

The Makai Preserve conservation pool offers an interactive experience that allows guests to stroke the velvety backs of gentle stingrays (available by reservation only). A portion of the proceeds from this activity will support research and conservation efforts in Hawaii through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Water activities at Aulani also include a quiet adult pool, wading pool and, for the ultimate relaxation, sunset-facing whirlpool spas.

Looking beyond its own magical grounds, Aulani offers a menu of discovery excursions with the aid of local experts. These include exploring tropical forests, hiking local mountains, sailing aboard catamarans, swimming with dolphins, cooking with local chefs, following a ghost tour and more. The excursions are specially designed for Aulani guests by Adventures by Disney and feature a knowledgeable, friendly Adventure Guide.

Aulani is the ideal place for events. When all phases are complete, groups will find nearly 50,000-square-feet of meeting space, including a 14,545-square-foot conference center, the main ballroom (which is divisible by six), four breakout rooms and generous pre-function space.

Since outdoor events are so popular in Hawaii, Disney also has created three distinct event lawns, including an oceanfront wedding lawn for Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons.

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