Activities & Entertainment at Aulani Resort
Overview: Days and nights at Aulani Resort are filled with fun activities and world-class entertainment that celebrate the traditional and contemporary culture of Hawaiʻi. Throughout the day, the resort offers a selection of experiences targeted to specific age groups or the entire family.
Key Daytime Features: Families learn the Hawaiian art form of the hula in a range of programs, including ‘Ohana Hula and Keiki Hula. Guests gain a deeper understanding of the hula and its place in the culture and history of Hawaiʻi.
Families also gather poolside for a Shake-A-Shaka Pool Party, featuring surfer games, activities, dancing and surprise appearances by Disney characters. Or they may encounter Disney characters around the resort for a playful good time, local style, in Aloha Fun with your Disney friends.
Aunty’s Beach House is Aulani Resort’s interactive kids club for ages 3-12. Visits to Aunty’s are included in guest’s nightly rate. And all of the experiences—most complimentary—are specially designed to engage and immerse kids as they explore the culture, art and music of Hawaiʻi—from Hawaiian storytelling to Keiki Hula lessons. A lifelong resident of O‘ahu, Aunty is considered by locals to be a true expert on Hawaiian history and cultural traditions. She’s so beloved around Aulani, in fact, that everyone knows her simply as “Aunty.” Younger guests are welcomed to her beach house as members of her extended ‘ohana, or family.
Teens and tweens will want to spend time on the beach with activities such as the Island Beach Challenge, with fun, team-based games and a scavenger hunt. In Island Treasure Photo Hunt, participants explore the resort, capturing signature iconic elements on film and competing to win keys that might unlock a treasure chest full of surprises. And in the evening, ʻImi Loa Nā Hōkū offers a stargazing experience focused on ancient Polynesian navigation by the heavens.
While the younger members of the family are having their own fun, adult activities include guided Māka‘ika‘i (to make a tour) of the Hawaiian art, nature and wildlife that give the resort its unique character. And, of course, there’s always quiet relaxation around one of the resort pools or enjoying live music in the lounges and restaurants.
Key Evening Features: KA WA‘A – A Lūʻau at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is an exhilarating dining and entertainment experience at the Hālāwai Lawn. Guests feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet, and enjoy lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance. The show’s story is inspired by the sacred canoe that brought the ancestors of Native Hawaiians to Hawaiʻi.
During Mo‘olelo Fire Pit Storytelling, Uncle shares stories of legendary Hawaiʻi with guests gathered around the fire pit under the tropical night sky. He strums his ʻukulele, using music to support tales of nature, legends of the mischievous, magic-making Menehune, and scary tales of island ghosts.
On selected nights, the whole ‘ohana (family) can enjoy Disney ‘Ohana Movie Nights. Guests choose a mat and enjoy a classic Disney movie under the stars on the Hālāwai Lawn.
Excursions at Aulani
Overview: The Hawaiian vacation experience extends beyond the magical grounds of the resort to include adventures throughout the island of Oʻahu.
Key Features: Guests at Aulani Resort– adults, teens, children and families – will discover a menu of excursions that satisfy a broad variety of tastes. There are dozens of excursion options — from traditional sightseeing and beach activities, to special, customized experiences:
- North Shore Experience: Hang out in Hale‘iwa like a local, taking your choice of provided equipment to a couple of the most popular beaches in the world.
- Huaka‘i Nui – The Big Hiking Adventure: Discover a special Ko‘olau Mountain trail where tropical flowers and fruits flourish.
- Catamaran Experience: Climb aboard a catamaran to search for glimpses of Hawai‘i’s rich marine life!
- Kualoa Zip and Dip: Experience a 2-part ecological tour that combines a rush of adrenaline with supreme relaxation.
- Beyond The Call To Duty: Feel history come alive on this fascinating tour of Pearl Harbor, featuring the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum.