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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.


Exploring the Big Island of Hawaii on Two Special Disney Cruise Line Voyages

This September Disney’s returning to Hawaii with two unforgettable 10-night cruises. These voyages will visit the four major Hawaiian islands—the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai. Over the next several weeks they’ll tell you about some of the exciting Port Adventures you can join to discover the scenery and experiences found on each island. With excursions in historic Hilo, your gateway to the beauty and culture of the Big Island of Hawaii, includes Volcanoes National Park.

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The park is home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. On the Volcano National Park Odyssey & Macadamia Nut Factory tour, your adventure starts with a drive along the 11-mile crater rim that circles most of Kilauea’s summit caldera and craters. Stops allow you to view smooth and jagged lava, lava tubes, sulfur banks and bleak desert areas. Next up is the Jagger Museum where there are spectacular overlooks into Kilauea Caldera and Halemaumau Crater, videos of volcanic eruptions and other geologic displays for you to enjoy. Last is a visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, the perfect place to shop for delicious gifts.

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If you’re looking for a more active way to explore the area, you won’t want to miss the Kilauea Volcano Bicycle Adventure that takes you around the crater rim on two wheels. In addition to eight miles of cycle/hiking through an incredible rain forest that leads you directly through an amazing lava tube. With steam surrounding your feet, you’ll witness the heart of the volcano at Halemaumau Crater. This Port Adventure also includes a visit to the Jagger Museum, plus samples of the Island’s fresh fruit and macadamia nuts.

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Those who want a taste of the Hawaiian lifestyle will absolutely love the Culinary Hawaii Home Tour. Big Island rese is a progressive island brunch, showcasing local ingredients, in the homes of the residents. You’ll savor the flavors of the Islands, like passion fruit, mango, coconut and Kona coffee, and find out what it’s like to live in paradise. During the insider look at islander living, the guides will share details about each home, local trivia and stories of life in paradise.


 

Week 6 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 279

This week Rick is joined by his wife Leslie as they sample the offerings from the Canada, Greece, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii Marketplaces at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

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Disney Cruise Line Returns to Galveston, Hawaii, and West Coast in 2015

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In the fall of 2015, Disney Cruise Line is returning to popular destinations and home ports for limited-time engagements. Two Hawai’i cruises, a return to the West Coast with departures from San Diego and a Galveston, Texas homecoming make up a season of special sailings.  

Hawai’i Sailings

The Disney Wonder will explore the Hawaiian Islands with two special 10-night cruises in September. Sailing through breathtaking scenery, you can experience the beauty and natural wonders of this exciting destination. 

10-night Hawai’i with two days in Honolulu – Vancouver to Honolulu

Ports: Vancouver; Hilo (Hawai’i Island); Nawilliwili (Kauai); Kahului (Maui) and Honolulu (Oahu)

Departure Date: Sept. 7

10-night Hawai’i with two days in Kahului – Honolulu to Vancouver

Ports: Honolulu (Oahu); Kahului (Maui); Hilo (Hawai’i Island); Nawilliwili (Kauai) and Vancouver

Departure Date: Sept. 17 

West Coast Sailings

Starting in October, the Disney Wonder heads to the West Coast for a limited-time offering six cruises from San Diego, California sailing to Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Galveston, Texas Sailings 

In November, the Disney Wonder returns to Galveston for the holiday season, offering a variety of sailings to The Bahamas and the Western Caribbean. 

Disney Cruise Line will also sail from Port Canaveral and Miami, Florida to The Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. All of these cruises will include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  

Bookings for the fall 2015 itineraries open to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members via phone on May 20, 2014 and to all Guests on May 21, 2014 via phone at 866-972-6244 or  online at the link below. 

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Celebrity Cruises reveals New Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii sailings for 2015-16

Celebrity Cruises has unveiled its 2015-16 sailings to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, featuring over 70 destinations to choose from. With new ports of call including Mystery Island (Vanuatu), Dutch Harbor (Alaska), Beppu and Kanazawa (Japan) and Vladivostok (Russia) plus more overnight stays, guests can discover new exotic places in modern luxury style. Sailings are now open for booking.

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Asia

Celebrity Millennium will visit 43 destinations in 14 countries during the 2015-16 season, starting in September 2015. With departures from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo (Yokohama), the itineraries offer guests a wide range of options to choose from. Holidaymakers can also experience more of Asia for longer with overnight stays in eight different destinations: Tokyo and Kobe (Japan), Hong Kong (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore and Bali (Indonesia).

Highlights from the new itineraries include:

  • Two 14-night roundtrip Japan sailings featuring overnight stays in Tokyo (Yokohama) and Kobe (Japan). The ship will also visit Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Beppu, Kanazawa and Otaru (Japan), plus Vladivostok (Russia)
  • The 14-night Singapore to Hong Kong sailings offer overnight stays in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Bangkok, and Singapore. In Hanoi, the ship will anchor in Ha Long Bay, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its scenic beauty and thousands of limestone islands and islets rising from the sea. Guests will also visit Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Danang/Hue (Chan May) (Vietnam)
  • Holidaymakers can enjoy three days and two nights in Bali during the Singapore to Indonesia 14-night roundtrip sailing. Plus, guests will visit Komodo Island, home of the Komodo Dragon, as well as Phuket, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang).

An exciting celebration

On January 31, 2016, a special Chinese New Year sailing will be offered with an overnight stay in Hong Kong (China). Celebrating the Year of the Monkey, guests can experience the excitement of being in Victoria Harbour (Hong Kong) and watch a spectacular fireworks display.

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Pacific adventure

Following Celebrity Millennium’s season in Asia, on March 13, 2016, the ship will begin a series of exotic sailings ranging from 11 to 18 nights from Singapore, Sydney and Honolulu, finishing in Vancouver on April 26, 2016. Guests can combine these sailings to create a 45 day voyage calling upon 17 ports, in seven countries, across three continents including Australia, Fiji and French Polynesia. Guests can also enjoy overnight stays in Bali, Honolulu, and Maui.

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Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii

Celebrity Solstice will sail to 34 destinations in 10 countries from September 2015 with itineraries ranging from eight to 18 nights in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, departing from Auckland, Sydney and Perth.

The ship will sail from Vancouver to Sydney on September 22, 2015, offering a 10-night ‘Hawaii’ and a 18-night ‘Tahitian Treasures’ sailing, which guests can combine to create a 28-night holiday, visiting 11 destinations. These sailings will also be offered from Sydney departing April 9, 2016. Highlights include:

  • An overnight stay in Honolulu and a late-night call in Lahaina (Maui) during the ‘Hawaii’ sailing, allows guests can take part in a traditional luau. The ship will also visit destinations such as Hilo and Kona
  • The ‘Tahitian Treasures’ itinerary will call at three ports in French Polynesia including Bora Bora, Moorea, and Papeete, before sailing across the Pacific to New Zealand, visiting Auckland and the Bay of Islands

For the ultimate Australia and New Zealand experience, guests can combine an 18-night Auckland to Perth cruise, departing on 16 February 2016, with a 17-night sailing from Perth to Sydney to create a 35-night circumnavigation of Australia and New Zealand, visiting 19 destinations:

  • During the 18-night sailing from Auckland to Perth, guests can enjoy six ports of call in New Zealand, as well as the three Sounds in Fiordland National Park, and visits to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide
  • The 17-night sailing from Perth to Sydney will visit Bali (Indonesia), before exploring the northern coast of Australia. The ship will then sail along the Eastern Coast visiting Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Airlie Beach and Brisbane in Queensland, offering guests the perfect opportunity to experience the Great Barrier Reef

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Study: 54% of Online Adults Would Spend Tax Refunds on Travel

If you’re getting a tax refund this year, are you planning to use it responsibly or splurge instead?

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According to a survey conducted by travel site Hipmunk, 54% of online adults in the United States said if they had to choose one thing, they would spend the money on travel. This contrasts with other surveys on tax refund spending, likely due to the wording of the survey question, which asked people what they would do if they “could” spend the money on “only one thing.”

The Hipmunk survey, which polled 4,000 people, also found that 25% of respondents would save their money, 17% would pay down debt and 4% would go shopping.

Asking what people plan to actually do with their refunds gets different results. In its annual survey of 1,000 investors, TD Ameritrade asked how respondents planned to spend the money, assuming they received a refund.

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In that survey, 45% of respondents said they would save the money, while only 19% said they would spend their refund on discretionary items, like goods or travel. In 2013, TD Ameritrade’s survey found similar results, with 47% saying they would save their money.

While saving money may be more responsible, it isn’t very fun. This explains the discrepancy between what people want to do and what they feel obliged to do.

In Hipmunk’s survey, respondents were also asked where they would most like to travel. The most popular destinations were Italy, Hawaii and Australia, along with Paris, Greece and London following closely behind.

Based on the amount of the average tax refund — about $3,000 — Hipmunk suggested a few travel itineraries.

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Will you spend your tax refund on travel this year? If so, where will you go?

SOURCE – Mashable

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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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Disney Wonder Debuts

Today back in 1999, the Disney Wonder arrived at Port Canaveral for the first time after leaving Italy. Below is a shot of the ship pulling into port behind its sister ship the Disney Magic.

Disney Wonder arrives at Port Canavera

As the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Wonder has many unique features that distinguish it from the other ships, including the Ariel statue in the atrium, Triton’s restaurant, Route 66, and Donald and Huey on the ship’s stern.

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This year, the Disney Wonder voyaged to Hawaii for the first time, made its first call to Seattle and soon will depart for cruises to the Caribbean from Miami in December. That’s a lot of firsts for this classic Disney Cruise Line ship!

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.

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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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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Will Open Doors to the Wonders of Hawaii for a Family Vacation Experience Only Disney Could Deliver

KO OLINA, Hawaii (July 22, 2010) – Beginning in fall 2011, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii will draw on the celebrated Disney magic, storytelling and service to create wonderful family vacation memories drawing on the beauty, fun, enchantment and traditions of the islands.

“Aulani celebrates the best of Hawaii and represents a new way to enjoy a family vacation with Disney,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “We believe the tremendous beauty of Ko Olina provides the perfect opportunity to create a uniquely Disney experience for our guests in a way that is true to Hawaii.”
Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii.  Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort.
“There are so many wonderful stories to tell in Hawaii,” Staggs said, “and with the help of local experts we’re excited to bring them to life for guests in our new resort.”
Each day of their stay, Aulani guests will be able to customize their experience – relaxing on the beach, playing in the pools, discovering the island on a specially planned excursion, gathering at the fire pit for storytelling, or spotting the statues of Menehune, the legendary island little people, hidden throughout the resort.
“We want this resort destination to reflect the vibrant culture that surrounds it.  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, Creative for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Aulani traditionally means “a messenger of a chief – one who delivers a message from a higher authority.”  The name Aulani was chosen to position the resort as a messenger of the “higher authority” that is Hawaii, its spirit and its culture.  “As the history and heritage of Hawaii are the inspiration for Aulani, we are committed to using our skills in design to put guests into these stories,” says Rohde.
Aulani is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, adjacent to a crystal-blue lagoon and a white-sand beach.  Ko Olina is 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.
Upon its completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas in two towers, each featuring angled rooms offering thrilling views of the ocean, mountains and the magnificent grounds that Disney is creating.  Family-friendly resort amenities will include an 18,000-square-foot spa, two restaurants, a kids’ club (Aunty’s Beach House), a wedding lawn, a conference center, and a spectacularly themed pool area complete with swimming pool, wading pool, tube slides, sunset-facing hot tubs and a snorkel lagoon.
When Aulani opens its doors next year, it also will offer adventures that invite families to discover the island.  Guests can enjoy one-of-a-kind excursions that blend the wonders and excitement of Hawaii with the Disney tradition of storytelling.
Disney’s first resort in Hawaii, Aulani has been under construction since its blessing and groundbreaking ceremony in November 2008.  In April, the resort celebrated a major milestone: the end of its vertical construction.

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