KO OLINA, Hawaii – Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa beckons guests of every age to find the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams. In beautiful and relaxing surroundings infused with the stories and surprises of Hawaii, guests may discover whatever they hope to find in the islands: adventure, romance, tradition and fun.
Overlooking a beautiful beachfront lagoon, Aulani Resort has been imaginatively designed to embrace time-honored Hawaiian traditions. From the moment guests arrive at the resort, they will be enchanted by unique surroundings that celebrate the culture of Hawaii, including art, architecture, stories and design. And with Disney magic sprinkled throughout, guests will encounter a vacation paradise uniquely designed for families.
Each day of their stay, Aulani Resort Guests will be able to customize their experiences – relaxing on the beach or in Laniwai Spa, splashing through the pools and water play areas of the Waikolohe Valley, or discovering the island on specially planned excursions. Among the unique experiences at Aulani Resort are the Mo‘olelo Fire Pit Storytelling (mo‘olelo is the Hawaiian word for story), and searching for Menehune (the legendary island little people known for mischief and for being accomplished craftspeople) hidden throughout the resort.
‘Ohana means family
With that special magic only Disney can provide, Aulani Resort draws families into fun experiences that bring everyone together, from movie nights under the stars to explorations of the Menehune Adventure Trail. Families can enjoy lei making, hula dancing and ukulele lessons all under the guidance of friendly Aulani Resort cast members. At night, the beachside fire pit comes to life as Uncle shares ancient tales of the islands.
For mealtimes, there are full-service restaurants, a buffet and quick-serve locations.
Aulani Resort was created as a portal through which guests could experience all that Oahu has to offer. Excursions can be booked to sail aboard catamarans, horseback ride in the Kualoa Valley, kayak, surf and more.
Hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas have been thoughtfully planned to cater to the needs of a family vacation, with refrigerators, flat panel televisions and complimentary Internet access. Guests will want to look for the hidden Mickeys. And, for those who brought just a bit too much luggage, there’s a hiding place for suitcases under the bed.
For the grown and almost grown
Aulani Resort has special fun, excitement and vacation relaxation for adults and teens. They can start the day with beachside yoga that rejuvenates the soul, then rent a private poolside cabana offering unique amenities and world-class Disney service. Active adults and teens may prefer Aulani Resort recreation programs. For evening relaxation, sunset-facing whirlpool spas beckon.
Also enticing is Laniwai – A Disney Spa. For adults, Laniwai is a haven of tranquility in 18,000 square feet of space, with 15 treatment rooms, a fitness center and the 5,000-square-foot outdoor Kula Wai hydrotherapy garden, the only one of its kind on Oahu. At Painted Sky: HI Style Studio, girls and boys ages 3-12 can choose from a variety of magical makeover packages, including hairstyling, makeup, costumes and accessories – all infused with hints of Hawaii and a playful sense of Disney fun.
Romantic dinners can be enjoyed in the beachside ‘AMA‘AMA restaurant or Off The Hook lounge. Guests will savor the local flavors with fresh fish and cuisine grown by local farmers. Couples may want to complete their day with a sunset stroll along the ocean’s edge.
Aunty knows best
Children – known as keiki in Hawaii – can leave their parents and their flip-flops at the door as they enter the cozy world of Aunty’s Beach House, a signature Disney kids’ club. Aunty is related by affection rather than by blood or adoption and her house generally is considered one of the best and safest hang-out spots. She always has a lot of stories to share about the old days when she was a keiki, and she knows a lot about modern day kids, too. Younger guests will learn the hula, create Hawaiian arts and crafts, play games with favorite Disney characters and enjoy a laid-back movie afternoon when it “rains.”
Aunty’s Beach House is designed for children ages 3 to 12. Special tween programs also are offered through Aunty’s Beach House.
Family fun in the sun
When the mischievous waters call, guests young and young at heart will find themselves drawn to the Waikolohe Stream and the Menehune Bridge. They won’t be able to resist the lure of the Waikolohe Valley water slides and a float down twisting Waikolohe Stream on an inner tube. The enchanting Menehune Bridge, a delightful water play area, invites little ones to have big fun as they search for the mysterious Menehune hidden in plain sight.